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Re: using dna to try and find unknown grandfather
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 12 July 18 17:43 BST (UK) »
Fingers crossed - I think I've found my great grandfather after 2 months of checking, matching, paper trailing, etc. (and over 60 years after hearing about him!)

Lots of hard work but I found a handful of close shared  matches (125 cM to 56 cM) all with a particular surname that I didn't recognise. All werethose listed  from the wider Birmingham area, which links to my great grandmother's whereabouts 1862-1871. Only 2 trees were available and, in the end, I traced one match who only had himself and parents on a none linked tree, with only his father mentioned. He didn't share the dominant name on the tree but I checked his father's marriage and found that his mother had the dominant name. I then traced the family back and found the link to the others and finally to the probably great grandfather.

Nothing certain but very very promising.

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Re: using dna to try and find unknown grandfather
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 12 July 18 18:04 BST (UK) »
That's great, you must be so pleased 😀

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Re: using dna to try and find unknown grandfather
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 12 July 18 18:12 BST (UK) »
I've got to do a lot more checks but I think 'pleased' is an understatement  ;D

I found that using the shared matches  was the most useful and also  checking if there were any trees that the match hadn't linked to their DNA. I also had a pretty good paper trail for my great grandmother already.

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Re: using dna to try and find unknown grandfather
« Reply #21 on: Thursday 12 July 18 18:28 BST (UK) »
Oh yes, that's the other problem! My Nan's family were immigrants from Russia so I've not been able to get back very far on that line either 😓

I live in hope that one day, a close match will appear! Fingers crossed 😀