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From: Gary Felix <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] FTDNA will introduce Family Finder (cM limit)
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 22:52:34 -0800 (PST)
In-Reply-To: <>

Yes, to say it differently: the effect would be to match more relatives in FTDNA's DB due to the lower threshold of 500 SNP's (    While 23andme's threshold is 700 (

In addition FTDNA will show centimorgans for all of matches that are from 1 to 10+ with SNP info per 'block'.

Mexico DNA Project Admin.


--- On Fri, 2/19/10, steven perkins <> wrote:

From: steven perkins <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] FTDNA will introduce Family Finder (cM limit)
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010, 6:26 PM

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 8:27 PM, Gary Felix <> wrote:
> <I would be interested in seeing if FTDNA's Family Finder's 10cM limit
> effectively cuts off <most of these 18th century matches that we see.
> These older single segment matches <are the key to assigning a segment
> to an ancestor and manually separating out segment <ownership in more
> closely related individuals.

Also consider that FTDNA will use a lower number of SNPs than 23andMe
uses, 500 vs 700. So while the "length" may be greater, fewer matches
are needed in that to be considered IBD.

Steven C. Perkins

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