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Old 1st April 2017, 12:20 PM
MMaddi MMaddi is offline
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The most common understanding of "genealogical time frame" is the period of time in which the use of surnames became common. This differs from one society to another, even within Europe. I believe that in the British Isles the common use of surnames, even for those who weren't nobles, goes back 800-1,000 years. In the Scandinavian countries and some other European areas the use of surnames if fairly recent, in some cases just the last 200 years.

Since genealogy databases and FTDNA's database are dominated by people with British Isles ancestry, I think that FTDNA is using "genealogical time frame" to mean the last 800-1,000 years.
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