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From: Brownie MacKie <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder question
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:01:13 -0600
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Ditto the below: explanation: I HAVE participated in the 23andMe
testing. The people in that group are more oriented toward health than
genealogy. I connected with a "3-5 cousin" that turned out to be a second
cousin once removed, and we've corresponded positively. He and I both had
good research going back years and knew what we were talking about. But
that's one out of 254 matches. Another one and I cannot get enough data
together even after 30 years of genealogy research to prove our
connection. And the rest just aren't interested (their loss). FTDNA is
more oriented toward genealogy, so I think we'll find more connections
there. As soon as I can, I plan to try to send my 23andMe test results to

Brownie MacKie
Younger, High, and Bonham projects FTDNA

On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:01 PM, Connie <> wrote:

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