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Mary C
11-05-2019, 2:14 AM
Can you claim to have a DNA Match to someone who, for example, was born in 1840 and obviously had never had an Ancestry DNA test?

I thought DNA Matches were only for those basically still living, who have done the DNA Test, and that ancestors would be a DNA Connection.


A contact has a tree with some ancestors back in the 1800s marked DNA Match and I'm trying to confirm if this is correct or not.


Thanks

Guy Etchells
11-05-2019, 6:28 AM
To a certain extent you are arguing about semantics of the wording, an ancestor born in 1840 or even 1540 may have been the origin of some the DNA you have today.
If a DNA test shows that you and another person has taken a DNA test then it is or rather may be possible to trace your common ancestor.

Your DNA will not be a perfect match to the person born in 1840 due to you inheriting DNA from many other people in the years between you and that person who could contribute to your DNA.

The more people related to you, the living person (siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, etc.) the more chance of accurately tracing the common ancestor.

Cheers
Guy

Mary C
12-05-2019, 9:34 AM
To a certain extent you are arguing about semantics of the wording, an ancestor born in 1840 or even 1540 may have been the origin of some the DNA you have today.
If a DNA test shows that you and another person has taken a DNA test then it is or rather may be possible to trace your common ancestor.

Your DNA will not be a perfect match to the person born in 1840 due to you inheriting DNA from many other people in the years between you and that person who could contribute to your DNA.

The more people related to you, the living person (siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, etc.) the more chance of accurately tracing the common ancestor.

Cheers
Guy



Many thanks for your reply Guy. Much appreciated
Mary

Mary C
12-05-2019, 9:34 AM
Many thanks for your reply Guy. Much appreciated
Mary