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Old 2nd January 2018, 01:47 PM
mjclayton31 mjclayton31 is offline
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Seems like you've hit pay dirt in your quest to discover you heritage, which is great. Not everyone will respond, so take that with a grain of salt.

The only thing I would add here is that I would be leery of Trees that have 3,000 and 10,000 people, respectively. Not saying this is "for certain" in your case here, but those sound a lot like Trees from people who copy and paste from others' Trees, and without proper documentation. Point being, don't believe everything you see. There are a lot of lazy "genealogists" out there.

Continued good luck.
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Old 2nd January 2018, 03:11 PM
RebeccaR RebeccaR is offline
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What you'll want to do is to triangulate your closest matches, to see what ancestor you all have in common. Click on Ancestry's "what does this mean?" to see their predicted relationship, and they will give you the probably degrees of the relationship, then with a range of degrees.

They also give you a few scenarios of how you and your match might be related.

You can also go to https://dnapainter.com/tools/sharedcm and key in how many centiMorgans Ancestry says you share with your match, to give you some scenarios on how you might be related to your match. (get the centiMorgans shared by clicking on Ancestry's little "i" icon next to confidence extremely high.)

I wish you much success!

P.S. Lots of people just use the DNA test to look at their ethnicity and then don't sign on again. So don't be disheartened if some don't respond back to you. Just figure it out by those with public trees, you can do it!

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Old 2nd January 2018, 03:31 PM
Biblioteque Biblioteque is offline
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mjclayton31 - Many people at Ancestry probably do copy people/ancestors and info from other people's trees; but I do not think there is a mechanism/feature to do an actual copy and paste. You cannot even do a copy and paste in their message system if you wanted to send a URL. Please, please correct me if I am wrong.

Ancestry's tools for navigating are archaic; and many do not work properly and some, not at all. There is no longer a properly-working page turner in the dna matches (I have 45,000 matches), or a way to count matches. That just scratches the surface of their tools/navigational problems. Just a very frustrating experience overall; so I just cancelled my subscription. Also, very few trees compared to 1-2 years ago. Now, only about 6% of my new matches have usable trees.

Sorry, this forum is not the place to discuss the competition. Got carried away....

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Old 4th January 2018, 01:20 PM
mjclayton31 mjclayton31 is offline
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Not copy and "paste," per se, so a poor choice of words on my part. Simply "copy" would've sufficed, and by that I mean taking connections as being "fool-proof" without and corresponding evidence.

Personally, I think the citation of "Ancestry Family Tree" as a source for a person's Tree connection is about as dumb as it gets. I made a mistake (or two) in relying on such assertions (tomfoolery) many moons ago that I'm still trying to unwind to this day. I made the added mistake of making further connections based on same, which makes unwinding a more delicate scenario (certain other connections made may indeed be correct).

Beyond that, I still like using Ancestry as my base Tree, but agree that it's DNA tools, etc., are severely lacking (no Chromosome Browser, etc.).

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