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Ancestry DNA - matching surnames miss non ancestral matches

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Ancestry DNA - matching surnames miss non ancestral matches

Posted: 7 Dec 2012 10:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Dec 2012 6:11PM GMT
When viewing a dna match, it seems that the only time surnames are listed as being in common is when both parties share that surname as an ancestor. This is great but is of little use when one member has a sparse tree. For instance, in one 4th cousin match their grandmother is my 3c2r. We both have the same individuals in our tree, her's is ancestral and mine is on a lateral line. No surname match shows up. I only found them when browsing their tree and noticed the unique name. My goal had originally been to fill in information on lateral lines in my tree so that more common surname matches could be made by the automated system when it browses our trees. It appears there is no benefit to doing this. Yes, I know it is always good to fill in the blanks for completeness but I was hoping that common surnames would show up regardless of where the individuals occurred in the tree. It seems that is not the case.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
kerrysgenealo... 7 Dec 2012 5:53PM GMT 
ChrisFerch 15 Dec 2012 2:15AM GMT 
tulrose 15 Dec 2012 3:09AM GMT 
ChrisFerch 15 Dec 2012 7:52PM GMT 
kerrysgenealo... 16 Dec 2012 4:05PM GMT 
scwbcm 19 Dec 2012 5:08AM GMT 
Roxanne Green... 19 Dec 2012 5:23PM GMT 
scwbcm 19 Dec 2012 6:27PM GMT 
Roxanne Green... 19 Dec 2012 9:05PM GMT 
scwbcm 19 Dec 2012 9:45PM GMT 
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