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It does seem that you can get quite a range from the same heritage.

One set of great grandparents has yielded a lot of connections but, as yet, no confirmed ones from the only son of my GGM's second marriage.
3C  26.8 cM
3C1R 14 to 95 cM (8 confirmed)
3C2R 13 to 35 cM (4 confirmed)

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / The perils of Ancestry trees
« on: Sunday 15 November 20 12:04 GMT (UK)  »
Some time ago I was contacted by a 37 cM match who has a tree of 729 people on Ancestry. However, we couldn't spot any obvious link with nearly all his tree being from parts of England where I have no ancestry.

The only possible overlap in birth locations was his  3 x great grandmother but the surname given was no match. When I looked again the German surname given for her seemed implausible for rural Bedfordshire in the 19th century. And checking the GRO index for the maiden name of the mother of his GGF confirmed this, and also provided the key clue as to the link. The tree he, and others, had posted had used the wrong marriage (3 years later than reality). The real marriage having been in London it was possible to confirm that this was of my relative to his 3 x great GF.

His tree also indicated that his 3 x great grandmother had marrried again and this provided the clue to our link to a shared match. Her true also had an erroneous assignment of a parentage which again hid the true connection.

5 of my 11 closest matches on Ancestry!

339 and 167 cM, uncle and niece who must be a half 1C and half 1C1R

150 and 71 cM, half 2C and half 2C1R (another of this line on myHeritage at 222 cM)

122 cM half 2C1R- adopted and doesn't know father

In contrast my wife has one, apparently a half 2C who has no father named

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Common ancestor born 1701??
« on: Monday 26 October 20 16:06 GMT (UK)  »
I have a number of matches (not all confirmed) in the 6-9cM range to one set of 5 x great grandparents born 1727  but no confirmed matches to any other 5 x great grandparents. Matches to a 4 x great grandparent, born 1751, are in the same low cM range

I have a 1st cousin at 954cM (on Ancestry) and 33 segments

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: 317 cm across 8 segs Ancestry dna match
« on: Monday 28 September 20 08:08 BST (UK)  »
My 2nd match is 339cM with no paper connection but shared with a confirmed 2C1R. In my case, as this match is my age, the only rational link is as a half1C.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Living DNA Problems
« on: Friday 18 September 20 16:21 BST (UK)  »
Uploaded my DNA profile and while slow the matches have appeared. The 2 closest are not on other DNA sites. However, there are many fewer matches than on other sites.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Connection
« on: Wednesday 16 September 20 08:23 BST (UK)  »
I got a similar match, albeit without much of a tree. Looking at shared matches can help you narrow down the likely connections.  And considering the age of individuals can eliminate some of the relationship possibilities.

On this basis my unexpected 339 cM match can only be a half 1st cousin but people may not be aware of certain events in their family history.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: New ethnicity splits on Ancestry
« on: Friday 11 September 20 13:54 BST (UK)  »
I've now got 20% Scottish and 3% Welsh with the split. This is hard to reconcile with what I know of my ancestry over the past 500 years with no ancestor identified from North of Birmingham/Walsall!

In contrast myHeritage has me as 36.4% Scandanavian cf Ancestry's 3% Swedish

My wife has gone from 97% English and 3% Swedish to 82% and 10% with 8% Scottish appearing from nowhere

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