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Subject: Re: [DNA] Rethinking Non-Surname Matches
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 12:42:36 EDT
Surnames are not always a reliable indication of biological relatedness,
whereas matching genetic markers would apear to be either a gigantic coincidence
or more likely--------there is a genetic relationship and the surnames are not
the same for many reasons.
Aside from the witness protection program, a person may choose to take the
surname of a stepparent, may have been adopted, or forced to change their
surname for survival reasons.
Or in the case of a surname like mine, there are many, many, many variations
on a Robertson theme. Also, clerks, in the times when spelling was a guessing
game, often wrote down something other than what was spoken.
So I vote for taking a look at many matching markers and see if there is some
other reason why the surnames are different.