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Ancestry Matches 7cM and less

Discussion in 'DNA Questions and Answers' started by Andrew Lloyd, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, it does.
    There will also be 3rd cousins who you don't share DNA with. I even know of two 2nd cousins once removed who don't share DNA.

    Sharing matches as a viewer is better than nothing, but it's frustrating not to be able to make notes. Perhaps you can persuade your cousins to upgrade the relationship to collaborator?
     
  2. Andrew Lloyd

    Andrew Lloyd LostCousins Star

    Interesting to see that we are getting an extra decimal point on our matches below 10cM this morning
     
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  3. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Superstar

    That's interesting, and will help to sort out those that will be rounded up/down before the cutoff.

    Unfortunately, on checking my matches this morning I keep repeatedly getting the message "Our backend services are overtaxed at the moment and we are unable to retrieve all your matches. We apologize for the inconvenience, please try again later." Frustrating!
     
  4. LynneWK

    LynneWK Genealogy in the Sunshine 2015

    I have 37,730 DNA matches to my tree and 3,490 between 6-7 cM. That's an awful lot to check through and mark. Has anybody any quick solutions as to the best way to tackle such a large amount? I'm going boss eyed looking threw for ones with attached trees.
     
  5. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    That's a small number than most other people, judging from the comments I received when I estimated that I'd lose 8000 or my 24000 matches.

    But whatever the number, follow the advice in my newsletter! I'm certainly not going through one by one.
     
  6. LynneWK

    LynneWK Genealogy in the Sunshine 2015

    Thanks Peter. I have used the Ancestry 'Potential Matches' button to limit the list a bit. Like you though I am covering more than one tree.
     
  7. canadianbeth

    canadianbeth LostCousins Member

    I do not see a "Potential Matches" button. Where would I find it?
     
  8. LynneWK

    LynneWK Genealogy in the Sunshine 2015

    On your DNA page go to common ancestors second along at the top of filters line. Has a green leaf in the corner
     
  9. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    What I wrote in the newsletter was "The best way to save the matches that might make a difference is to follow the two key strategies outlined in my DNA Masterclass, then add a note to those matches that might be of future interest".
     
  10. canadianbeth

    canadianbeth LostCousins Member

    I found that and have them all identified. My page just does not say "Potential Matches"
     
  11. LynneWK

    LynneWK Genealogy in the Sunshine 2015

    Once you have clicked on your ancestor it brings up the link on the left that shows common ancestor. If you read it, it says "according to ancestry members trees etc and finishes with X could be your X cousin X removed" This suggests in this instance they are just comparing names in trees. What if the trees are wrong
     
  12. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    The trees could be wrong. But when there's both a tree match and a DNA match it increases the chance of a small DNA match being genuine, and it increases the chance that the trees are broadly correct. Most Common Ancestors matches are supported by multiple trees and they rarely have exactly the same information - because names change, spellings change etc.
     

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