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    My cousin provided the sample for our test at 67 markers. I have contact with someone who tested with another company to 37. On paper, we are about 8th cousins, being descended from 2 cousins who married 2 sisters in the mid 1700s. However, looking at the test results, there are 4 values which do not match, especially DSY389ii. His is 16 but ours is 29. Others of the same surname are not matches either but have a value of 16 for that point. So, I expected a match; what's going on, please? pDALEw (Haplo group is R1b1b2)

  • #2
    My brother got a match with a fellow that was supposedly at a distance of 1, but when I looked I also saw the 16 and 29 "discrepancy," in addition to the 1 different marker.

    I looked it up somewhere that I can't recall and found out a certain marker is reported different ways. I hope I'm remembering this right. Sometimes a 13 is reported separately and sometimes it's added in to the 16 to make 29.

    Don't really get that, so I'd appreciate an explanation, too. Thank you.
    Last edited by Wilma Wildcat; 14 May 2011, 01:44 PM.


    • #3
      Different values

      Here is FAQ #38

      Maybe this is what you are referring too.

      Hope it helps.


      • #4
        You didn't say which company they tested with. There's a handy table here to translate the marker counting schemes used by different companies, including a whole separate page explaining DYS389.

        Does that help you understand the difference? It's saying the same thing as the FAQ cjm95 mentioned, but I find visual explanations easier to figure out sometimes.


        • #5
          Thank you; the third link says they claim it's more accurate to give the results separately. Just have to remember it's not a mismatch when comparing 16 and 13 on one test result or 29 on another.


          • #6
            Are we related?

            Thank you for explaining and pointing me in the right direction to understanding the results. It looks much better now I know how it works. The other test was with Oxford Ancestors. Many thanks. pDALEw