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Offline Rosezi

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DNA matches on both sides of family
« on: Monday 13 July 20 17:22 BST (UK) »
Why does one of my DNA matches on Ancestry have shared matches with both my parents side? My dad and all his family are from Caithness, Scotland and my mum's side are all from Ireland and Wales and England. this is completely weird.
Banks - Wick, Caithness
Dunbar - Co Antrim-Birkenhead-Liverpool
Kemp - Woodnesborough,Kent-Liverpool
Long - Ireland-Liverpool
Clarke - Ireland-Liverpool
Weldon - Dublin-Birkenhead
Thomas - LLandysilio,Anglesey-Liverpool
Roberts -Denbighshire-Liverpool
Spain-Woodnesborough, Kent
Seed - Ballyculter, Co. Down
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Re: DNA matches on both sides of family
« Reply #1 on: Monday 13 July 20 18:59 BST (UK) »
If you go far enough back, we're all related. You only need to go back a few generations and you have hundreds of ancestors, so there must be a shared relative somewhere along the line. Are they very distant matches?
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Re: DNA matches on both sides of family
« Reply #2 on: Monday 13 July 20 19:16 BST (UK) »
I have matches like this in the 4th-6th cousin range, mostly in the US, Canada & Australia. Some siblings and cousins of my fatherís ancestors will have emigrated, as will some siblings and cousins of my motherís ancestors, and they will each have contributed to the gene pool of their new nation so that these countries now have a small proportion of people descended from both and thus related to me on both sides.
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)


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Re: DNA matches on both sides of family
« Reply #3 on: Monday 13 July 20 21:30 BST (UK) »
Thank you, that makes sense. I have about 370 4th cousins or closer who are all descendants of my fathers Scottish side and they all emigrated to the USA, Canada, NZ and Australia.  I think I can work out that a Scottish relative from my dad's line emigrated to Australia and married someone from my mother's Welsh side.
Banks - Wick, Caithness
Dunbar - Co Antrim-Birkenhead-Liverpool
Kemp - Woodnesborough,Kent-Liverpool
Long - Ireland-Liverpool
Clarke - Ireland-Liverpool
Weldon - Dublin-Birkenhead
Thomas - LLandysilio,Anglesey-Liverpool
Roberts -Denbighshire-Liverpool
Spain-Woodnesborough, Kent
Seed - Ballyculter, Co. Down
Graham-Ayrshire-Ballyculter-Liverpool