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From: "CeCe Moore " <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder question
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 05:49:30 +0000

I can't speak to Family Finder since I don't have experience with it yet. My experience on 23andme's Relative Finder is that ALL of my matches so far have been 7th-14th cousins, stretching well into the time period in which you are interested. They were mostly predicted to be 4th cousins. One of my Finnish matches helped to extend some of my branches back into the 1500s.
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From: Connie
Sent: Feb 23, 2010 9:01 PM
Subject: [DNA] Family Finder question

I administer
      several DNA projects at FTDNA, but haven't participated in the 23andMe

I have worked on my own genealogy for over 30 years and
      have most of my lines back into the 1700s or the 1600s for some as their arrival in America was documented. 

I got into DNA testing because I
      wanted to get further back than that or to either prove or disprove
      connections between individuals within one surname going back into
      colonial times.  Jumping the Atlantic into Britain has been achieved
      in some lines, but not all, and that is what I need more than anything.

If I am understanding the 23andMe and the new Family Finder
      testing, it works best at finding 3rd - 5th cousins.  I located
      cousins at that level and exchanged Gedcoms for years and have little
      desire to do that again.  Other researchers in my projects also feel
      that way as we are all trying to push back beyond 1700.

So my
      questions is - am I understanding the limitations of Family Finder
      correctly - will it be ineffective at finding relationships in the time
      period that I need? 

As an admin should I encourage those
      testees with limited knowledge to order this test, and those of us that are
      past the close cousin collecting phase can pass?

Connie McKenzie

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