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From: jim berry <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] 23andMe Is Running a Special on the Ancestry Edition
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:39:41 -0500
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Roberta, do we know whether our 5 emails are really emails or whether they might simply be messages in their 'inbox'? If the latter, I'd suppose that many would never be noticed.

They only call them 'contacts'.

jim berry

On Mar 10, 2010, at 8:14 PM, Roberta Estes wrote:

> Specifically, I've had two that responded in the non-beta group, both
> nonproductively, and I've sent more than 200 e-mails (5 at a time).
> Actually, I'm still sending my 5 per day. One was cordial but disinterested
> and one tried to convince me that we had to be related by his surname
> because that is how DNA worked, regardless of what references I gave him
> about autosomal DNA.
> So far that's about 1% total, and 0% productive. I don't use the standard
> verbiage, and I have varied it in case what I was saying was the problem.
> I've included my personal e-mail, not included it, talked about that we are
> cousins, not talked about that, talked about exchanging pedigree info to
> find our common ancestor, not suggested that.....and nothing seems to make
> any difference at all. They are either interested or not, and apparently
> most are not at all interested.
> I do agree though that testing at both locations will give you the most bang
> for your buck, assuming that someone answers eventually, and it's
> productive. I figure from time to time someone will test there, match and
> be interested, all 3:) The odds are in my favor for that eventually
> happening. Although I must say that it would make me insane were it a close
> match and the individual wouldn't answer. My third cousin matches or closer
> were all people from the beta group, although I have lots and lots of 4th
> cousin matches and further out.
> In my case, I was interested in the medical information as well as the
> ancestry, but if I were only interested in the ancestry info, and I had to
> choose one or the other, I would definitely select ftdna.
> Roberta

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