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From: "Roberta Estes" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:38:50 -0400
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One of the mistakes often made is that people think that their Family Finder
(or Relative Finder, autosomal testing) "cousins" are related to their
haplogroup or haplotype. They are not. Your mitochondrial haplogroup has
ONLY to do with your maternal line, directly, up the tree. Your mother, her
mother, her mother, etc. Your Y-line haplogroup is the same but up the
paternal line (males only). Your cousins, on the other hand, can be from
any and all lines in your tree, not just your maternal line. So don't
expect those cousins to be related to or a match with your haplotype, they
very likely are not, although they might be descended from your maternal
line. They are more likely to be from one of your other lines. Remember
that at 4 generations back, you have 16 grandparents, and only one of them
carried your N1a1 haplotype. So your cousins at just 4 generations could
come from any of 16 different lines. At 5 generations, from anyone of 32
grandparents, etc.

To answer your next questions, yes, you will get more matches as more people
test. Your DNA is out there fishing for you every single day.

Roberta Estes

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Barbara Stabley
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:26 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder

 My N1a1 results have listed 3 possibilities as 5th cousins.  My question is
fundamental  and probably out of context with reality because I'm a novice
with this DNA stuff.  Are these matches being made as each test is completed
and not from pre-existing data?   Would that mean that we can expect further
possibilities as more tests are completed? I had hoped that is the case,
considering the cost of the test.  Not that I'm begrudging it.  For my rare
haplotype, I'm glad for any scrap I can get.
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Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:24:45 -0500
From: mtDNA H Project <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder
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Right you are. The database is being generated one order at a time. It
just so happens that orders are flying in. :-)

Birds of a feather flock together....  Maybe there is an early bird gene???

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