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Interpreting DNA Matches

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Re: Interpreting DNA Matches

Posted: 1 Sep 2012 7:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
That silly "DE" match really shook my confidence in Ancestry's results. I was really hoping for my very own cute little haplogroup to compare to other haplogroups. I really didn't want to rely on Ancestry trees. I'm sure I have mistakes in mine and a bunch of connections I tag as "SPECULATION" (needs further research) in my notes. Of course, you can't see my notes on Ancestry so the connection is still there, but that's the framework I start researching with.

If I have to go back several generations in a match to find the common ancestor, isn't that what I'm doing by trying to document my family? If both parties in a match knew that common ancestor, we would have that in our tree already. If I had that information already, I wouldn't need AncestryDNA to tell me...well, maybe to confirm it.

But seriously, that connection between Delaware and DE-Federal Republic of Germany? That just shows me that (some of?) the matches are haphazard.

OK, I'll explore some matches, send messages. MAYBE I overreacted.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Loraine Montf... 1 Sep 2012 11:41AM GMT 
Nachalink123 1 Sep 2012 12:22PM GMT 
Loraine Montf... 1 Sep 2012 12:47PM GMT 
kcronin199 1 Sep 2012 1:12PM GMT 
Nachalink123 1 Sep 2012 1:18PM GMT 
Loraine Montf... 1 Sep 2012 1:53PM GMT 
Nachalink123 1 Sep 2012 2:05PM GMT 
APTurner 2 Sep 2012 1:28PM GMT 
Nachalink123 2 Sep 2012 1:50PM GMT 
Nachalink123 2 Sep 2012 1:51PM GMT 
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