Introductory Emails

OK, this is an experimental page. It might be just for me, we’ll see. What we will store here are a few sample emails to use when reaching out to a DNA match for the first time. If you have good ones, send them to me.

A Gedmatch Good One


Your profile just popped up on my Gedmatch page as one of my closest DNA connections. Any idea how we might be connected? I’m from Ottawa Canada, my mother is from Montreal and my father is from Quebec City.

All the best,

from Kathy

Dear “firstname”,

I am the great granddaughter of “name” and “name”. They emigrated in 1880 from “somewhere” to “state” and then “city”. I believe we may be related. Might you be willing to share the names of your grandparents? Or your family tree, if you have one?

I certainly understand if you do not have time to share information. Please let me know if you received this note. Thank you.

Best Wishes,
“my name”

from the book “Research Like a Pro with DNA” by Family Locket Genealogists

Hello! [The DNA company] says that we share ___ cM of DNA. That puts us in the range of [range] cousins. I would love to connect with you and figure out our common ancestor. I have family history information that I would love to share with you. You can contact me through the [DNA company] messaging system or at [email address]. I look forward to hearing from you.


I saw in my DNA match list that we are related. I’m not exactly sure who our common ancestor is, but we match over ___ centimorgans, which places us in the range of ____ or _____. If you are interested, I’d love to be in contact with you and figure out how we are related.


Hello Cousin,
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