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Interpreting DNA Matches

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Re: Interpreting DNA Matches

Posted: 1346503644000
Classification: Query
After going through many of the "matches" that Ancestry listed, I started wondering if they were really comparing DNA or just people in our trees with similar locations. I got many unhelpful matches like- two different people lived in the Bronx, or Pennsylvania, not even specific counties or towns.

The "95% confidence" match of John White in Delaware and someone in Germany confirmed my suspicions. That was a fluke in confusing "DE" (Delaware) with "DE" (Federal Republic of Germany). And, again, no specific area or town. Yes, thousands and thousands of years ago we ALL came from similar migration paths from Africa, and we're all related if you go back far enough, but that isn't "recent enough to be important parts of your family story" (according to the AncestryDNA hype).

Before I go on any more wild goose chases, I'd like some hard facts from the AncestryDNA team about my actual DNA results, not their feeble attempt to match up people we've already provided them with.

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