Now that Ancestry is able to show how many centimorgans and number of segments are shown, I was comparing my top two closest matches. They are listed as “lkauhi” and “Frank”. They are under the 2nd cousin category predicted in the 2nd – 3rd cousin range.
Prior to my mother getting DNA tested, I had no idea exactly how close they would really be. Now that my mother got DNA tested and I figured out who my mother’s biological parents were, I was able to construct a diagram. “lkauhi” is on my grandfather’s side while Frank is on my grandmother’s side.
My mother Judy is a 2nd cousin to “lkauhi”. That makes me and “lkauhi” 2nd cousins once removed. While Frank and I are 2nd cousins, because his mother and my mother are 1st cousins.
Here is how much Frank and I share and how much “lkauhi” and I share.
And although my mother shares 439cM with Frank while sharing 430cM with “lkauhi” (not shown in any diagram), the amount shared seems pretty high for a 2nd cousin. However, we are talking about Hawaiians whose ancestors have gone through repeated founder’s effect which resulted in our high shared amounts. She in return managed to pass unto me more of her father’s DNA so that when compared with “lkauhi” we end up sharing more compared to Frank who is in my generation and on my grandmother’s side of the family. Unfortunately my grandparents are not alive to get them DNA tested for a true comparison.
Also, both of these people have not transferred over to GEDmatch so I am unable to get a better comparison. This reminds me of what my cousins said about how much I look a lot like our uncle, and that both my mother and I really look like my grandfather Joseph Kaapuiki. Maybe it is something genetic? If my mother shared a lot with “lkauhi”, it could be because we inherited more from Elena Kauhi, my mother’s paternal grandmother.
The good thing about all of this is that it confirms that Joseph Akana fka Joseph Kaapuiki was my mother Judy’s biological father, since Joseph’s mother was Elena Kauhi. And “lkauhi’s paternal grandfather Johnathan Kauhi was a brother to Elena Kauhi.
Both of these closest matches are from each of my maternal grandparents’ side. Frank is from my grandmother Rose Kanae’s side while “lkauhi” is from my grandfather Joseph Kaapuiki’s mother Elena Kauhi’s side.