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  • Clarification Needed for Making Contact With Matches

    My results are in for the FTDNA test. What now? This is a seemingly simple question; however, for the newbie it is not. I have over three hundred matches. What do I do with these matches, and why? Do I contact them all? Why? Do I contact only select matches? Why? Which matches are the most important? How do I contact them? What happens to the results? What are the most successful methods of contact? Why?

    I have not found sufficient answers in my reading. I'm hoping to find simple and clear explanations that are understandable by a noob...me.

    Thanks.

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    Dust: When you tested, what was your primary objective? In order to make family finder cousin matches, you have to have a tree, and your matches do also, so you can compare and look for your most recent common ancestors. Hopefully, your tree will go as far back as colonial America because many of us are making matches there. Just take one step at a time, and enjoy the learning process and the journey. It will open up your world, and it is fascinating.

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    • #3
      Dust which test did you have done?
      yDNA, mtDNA, Family Finder??

      If yDNA how many markers did you test, 12, 25, 37, 67 etc...

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      • #4
        Hi Dust,

        I agree with rivergirl, that you need to tell us more about the level of testing that you have undergone. For instance, a 12 marker test only proves that you are a human, but a 37 or a 67 marker test can be much more definitive.

        And then there are quite a few people who have tested but who prefer to not communicate or speak with anybody about their test results. That is unfortunate, but that is the reality.

        So, what have you done, to what degree of testing have you completed?

        Best,
        Doug

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        • #5
          I have taken the Family Finder Test.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by marietta View Post
            Dust: When you tested, what was your primary objective? In order to make family finder cousin matches, you have to have a tree, and your matches do also, so you can compare and look for your most recent common ancestors. Hopefully, your tree will go as far back as colonial America because many of us are making matches there. Just take one step at a time, and enjoy the learning process and the journey. It will open up your world, and it is fascinating.
            Hi Marietta, thank you for the response. I do have a tree that goes back to the 1800's. I have not yet formalized it into a digital tree. How would I go about that and where? Any ideas? Thanks.

            Dust

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rivergirl View Post
              Dust which test did you have done?
              yDNA, mtDNA, Family Finder??

              If yDNA how many markers did you test, 12, 25, 37, 67 etc...
              Hi Rivergirl, I have just had the Family Finder test so far, and need to know what to do with the results and why.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tourist View Post
                Hi Dust,

                I agree with rivergirl, that you need to tell us more about the level of testing that you have undergone. For instance, a 12 marker test only proves that you are a human, but a 37 or a 67 marker test can be much more definitive.

                And then there are quite a few people who have tested but who prefer to not communicate or speak with anybody about their test results. That is unfortunate, but that is the reality.

                So, what have you done, to what degree of testing have you completed?

                Best,
                Doug
                Thanks Doug, I have only taken the Family Finder test thus far and would like to know what to do with the results etc., as described in my original post. There are many questions. I have read enough to understand that this is a complex subject so I'm taking it one step at a time. Once I have made use of the family finder info then I will think about the next step and try to advance in understanding. Thanks.

                Dust

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dust View Post
                  Hi Rivergirl, I have just had the Family Finder test so far, and need to know what to do with the results and why.
                  With 300 matches, you probably want to start contacting the closest matches first and expand out from there. For instance, you're probably more interested in contacting someone FTDNA estimates as a 2nd-4th cousin over someone who's estimated to be a more distant cousin.

                  Another strategy is to look for surnames listed by your matches that you have in your tree. That may indicate that the connection may be through an ancestor who had that surname. Also, if matches have trees uploaded to FTDNA, look for lines in their tree that have ancestral locations that match locations in your tree. For instance, if a match has an ancestor from Podunk and so do you, that would be an interesting match to contact.

                  In other words, concentrate on contacting matches who have some clues in the information they've given that may connect them to you.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dust View Post
                    Hi Marietta, thank you for the response. I do have a tree that goes back to the 1800's. I have not yet formalized it into a digital tree. How would I go about that and where? Any ideas? Thanks.

                    Dust
                    There are several commercial, and some free, software for computerizing a family history database, for creating graphics, and most importantly creating what is known as a GEDCOM file:
                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEDCOM

                    In your match list here you will see some people with little green inverted trees - they have uploaded gedcoms of their family history. When you create a digital family tree with whatever means you chose, eventually you'll want to create a gedcom and upload it.

                    I will reemphasize what others have written: you need to define your objectives. E.g., is there some great great grandparent for whom you are looking? Are you trying to find lost siblings? And so forth.

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                    • #11
                      Once you have at least some of your objectives, you can start looking at the matches with those in mind. For me that does not always mean looking at the closest.

                      Some examples: Who were my great great grandmother Elizabeth McNutt's parents? I used the filter by surname and tried many spellings and found some MacNutts and McNitts and other variants. One is definitely a 4th cousin and one other seems to be an 8th cousin. And a match in common with that 8th cousin found another 8th cousin.

                      This shows why putting up your surnames and family tree is a good idea. I have also learned to find out the married names of my great and great great aunts, 2nd cousins, etc.

                      Also, since I am looking for 4th to 8th cousins, they will be unlikely to be the top of my match list.

                      If I was looking for the grandchildren of my great uncle Herman, my second cousins, I would looking at near matches.

                      If I want to work out if my 7th great grandmother might have been Norwegian, I am looking for very distant matches from Norway but in common with my Danish 5th cousin. So far three candidates and a narrow region of Norway to look at. I put Norway and some variants in the surname filter to work on this.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MMaddi View Post
                        With 300 matches, you probably want to start contacting the closest matches first and expand out from there. For instance, you're probably more interested in contacting someone FTDNA estimates as a 2nd-4th cousin over someone who's estimated to be a more distant cousin.

                        Another strategy is to look for surnames listed by your matches that you have in your tree. That may indicate that the connection may be through an ancestor who had that surname. Also, if matches have trees uploaded to FTDNA, look for lines in their tree that have ancestral locations that match locations in your tree. For instance, if a match has an ancestor from Podunk and so do you, that would be an interesting match to contact.

                        Thanks MMaddi, that was helpful. Now, How exactly to I go about contacting them via FTDNA website?

                        In other words, concentrate on contacting matches who have some clues in the information they've given that may connect them to you.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JohnG View Post
                          Once you have at least some of your objectives, you can start looking at the matches with those in mind. For me that does not always mean looking at the closest.

                          Some examples: Who were my great great grandmother Elizabeth McNutt's parents? I used the filter by surname and tried many spellings and found some MacNutts and McNitts and other variants. One is definitely a 4th cousin and one other seems to be an 8th cousin. And a match in common with that 8th cousin found another 8th cousin.

                          This shows why putting up your surnames and family tree is a good idea. I have also learned to find out the married names of my great and great great aunts, 2nd cousins, etc.

                          Also, since I am looking for 4th to 8th cousins, they will be unlikely to be the top of my match list.

                          If I was looking for the grandchildren of my great uncle Herman, my second cousins, I would looking at near matches.

                          If I want to work out if my 7th great grandmother might have been Norwegian, I am looking for very distant matches from Norway but in common with my Danish 5th cousin. So far three candidates and a narrow region of Norway to look at. I put Norway and some variants in the surname filter to work on this.
                          Interesting JohnG, thanks for the info. I will be working to create a GEDCOM. The work that I have done takes me back to about 1800. I would like to continue beyond that.

                          As a sideline, I would also like to find my American Indian connection. Family lore points to John Jolly, a mixed blood chief of the Cherokees. My family finder does connect me to the name Jolly, and also to other names important in Cherokee history such as, Benge, Hicks, Ross, Fields, and others. These tend to be in the 5th cousin range.

                          Most of the work I have done is on my Mother's bloodline. It does help to have the assistance from persons on the forum. Thanks.

                          Dust

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dust View Post
                            The work that I have done takes me back to about 1800. I would like to continue beyond that.
                            You have done well to go back to about 1800, but unfortunately many of us get stuck at about that same timeframe, for reasons having to do with poor or completely absent records. So, do not place your expectations too high. But I wish you the best of good luck in your pursuit!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tourist View Post
                              You have done well to go back to about 1800, but unfortunately many of us get stuck at about that same timeframe, for reasons having to do with poor or completely absent records. So, do not place your expectations too high. But I wish you the best of good luck in your pursuit!
                              Thank you Tourist...

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