By the Numbers – Potential Living Relatives

Living descendants of Frank and his alleged brother, allegedly named John, would number approximately 100, of which the John side might account for about 50. The probability of them having their DNA analyzed by now is probably statistically higher than the population as a whole assuming that they are as curious about their ancestry as some of us are. That probability will increase exponentially as the population as a whole has their DNA analyzed for the health benefits. I haven’t seen any projections, but at the current rate of growth and laboratory discoveries concerning both analysis and targeted gene treatment of illnesses, I wouldn’t be surprised if in 10 years 50% of the population has had their DNA analyzed.

If we look to living descendants of Frank’s grandparents, on both his father’s and mother’s side, then the living relatives could number about 2,500. Some of these would be 5th and 6th cousins. In the DNA research to date, 6th, 5th, 4th and even a couple of 3rd cousin potential relatives have shown up but are yet to be confirmed.

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