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Interpreting DNA Matches

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Re: Interpreting DNA Matches

Posted: 1 Sep 2012 6:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
After going through many of the "matches" that Ancestry listed, I started wondering if they were really comparing DNA or just people in our trees with similar locations. I got many unhelpful matches like- two different people lived in the Bronx, or Pennsylvania, not even specific counties or towns.

The "95% confidence" match of John White in Delaware and someone in Germany confirmed my suspicions. That was a fluke in confusing "DE" (Delaware) with "DE" (Federal Republic of Germany). And, again, no specific area or town. Yes, thousands and thousands of years ago we ALL came from similar migration paths from Africa, and we're all related if you go back far enough, but that isn't "recent enough to be important parts of your family story" (according to the AncestryDNA hype).

Before I go on any more wild goose chases, I'd like some hard facts from the AncestryDNA team about my actual DNA results, not their feeble attempt to match up people we've already provided them with.

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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