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Question for Billesher

Billesher,

May I ask when you say you have made connections does this mean you have contacted the people who you have been shown to have matches in common with or did you just make these connections by looking at their online trees only.

Thank you

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The Common Room / Re: DNA Mirror Tree?
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 16:17 BST (UK)  »
http://www.borninneworleans.com/how-to/what-is-a-mirror-tree/

A google search gives several other links, and indeed Ancestry itself explains what it is as the above article indicates

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: where to start??
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 15:25 BST (UK)  »
If you don't want to help other people with their problems, you don't have to!  :) :) :)


Ah but that is my not my objection. My objection is that people pay to use a site but instead of using it they come here and post their questions many of which could have been quickly answered by reading the help pages on Ancestry. Indeed I have actually posted that before so its not a new thought.

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: where to start??
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 13:50 BST (UK)  »
David, I think you misunderstood me.  I am not at all bemoaning the limited service I get with ftDNA after a free autosomal transfer.  I'm sorry if my paraphrasing offended you, it was not intended to do so  :)

As you say, Eric has explained what he meant far better than I did, so hope any misunderstanding, inaccuracies or misleading statements are not held against me!  :) :) :)

Regards Margaret

No offence taken I was just worried others could get the wrong end of the stick or take the wrong interpretation as I did. Though I think the discussion with you and Eric has clarified things and hopefully will be usefu to others too. Thank you for your reply.

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You should get out more  ;D (Don't worry I am going away tomorrow  ;) )

My understanding has always been that one long match is better than several shorter matches as this indicates a closer kinship to the person with the longer match and indeed several shorter matches could be the result of noise or coincidence especially if the short matches are very short (some say below 7cM but others say below 10CM).

Caveat: I am not an expert this is just my understanding FWIW

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: where to start??
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 13:40 BST (UK)  »
I think that for a beginner, Ancestry is a better starting point.

Terrible advice in my opinion. They take the test there do not read any of the help pages on Ancestry and come here and ask questions.

And remember, when you get stuck, there is always Rootschat :D

See above. Arghhhhhhhhhhh   ::)

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: where to start??
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 12:56 BST (UK)  »
Margaret,

Thank you for replying. Eric has now explained what he meant and I fully understand that. What I did not agree with was the way you paraphrased it which I thought was potentially inaccurate and misleading. If you want a full service from ftDNA then you test with them, you don't test with another company and then bemoan the limited service you get on a free (?) transfer. Just my opinion of course.

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: where to start??
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 10:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi Eric

Thank you for the clarification.

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: where to start??
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 08:57 BST (UK)  »
(though as Eric says, you don't get a full service from ftDNA).


Did he really say that? I have read his reply and didn't see that.

Also I was surprised by his advice to test with ftDNA AND MyHeritage as I thought it was the ftDNA labs that carried out the MyHeritage tests  ???

Maybe its just as well I am going away for a few days  ;)

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