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Title: Don't ignore 5th to 8th cousins at Ancestry
Post by: sugarfizzle on Thursday 08 March 18 05:49 GMT (UK)

My maiden name is Steer, and apart from my first cousin, I have found no other confirmed Steer matches at ancestryDNA. I frequently search matches for Steer in case something turns up. I looked yesterday - same old results, my cousin plus 2 other matches with Steer in their tree, but no obvious connection.

Today I was browsing through my newest matches, 5th to 8th cousins. Skipping through those with no tree and those with private trees, I looked at a few who had largish trees and who had logged in recently.

Found two new Steer matches on first page, one still dubious, probably not a match with this name, might or might not match somewhere else.

The other one, bingo.
A Steer family member, sharing only 6.9 cM, would be ignored at gedmatch. Obviously need to confirm, but if confirmed this would be a match with my 6G grandparents, making us 7th cousins.

To me this is fantastic news, and goes to show the reason not to ignore 5th to 8th matches. You can't go through everyone of the thousands that keep coming, but regular searches of name and place, or a quick look at new matches, does often prove fruitful.

One very happy Steer descendant.

Regards Margaret
Title: Re: Don't ignore 5th to 8th cousins at Ancestry
Post by: haliared on Friday 09 March 18 02:00 GMT (UK)
I have found some 5th to 8th cousins with a moderate rating to be mine and others I admin for.
I have found ancestry very accurate and am pleased with the results.
Title: Re: Don't ignore 5th to 8th cousins at Ancestry
Post by: GailB on Tuesday 13 March 18 02:09 GMT (UK)
I have a third cousin showing as 5th-8th cousin. I think it may because of cousin marriages on both mine and his side of the tree.