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From: (John Chandler)
Subject: Re: [DNA] Comparing 23andMe Data That Was Uploaded to deCODEme
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 17:01:57 -0400
References: <201004171918.o3HJInK3006420@mail.rootsweb.com>
In-Reply-To: <201004171918.o3HJInK3006420@mail.rootsweb.com> (message fromHarold Vannoy on Sat, 17 Apr 2010 15:18:43 -0400)


Harold wrote:
> Even though this other participant and I match on 75/76 Y-DNA "STRs"
> (FTDNA Y-67 test markers plus the nine additional markers that make
> up the full SMGF family of markers), we DO NOT show as sharing any
> DNA in the 23andMe Relative Finder test results.

That is the great power of Y DNA testing for genealogy. The Y
chromosome retains evidence of a connection long after there is
no trace left in the autosomal DNA. Let's suppose your MRCA was
12 generations ago. That is within the plausible range of time
for a 75/76 match, and yet the likelihood is extremely high that
not even one segment of autosomal DNA would be shared by descent
from that ancestor.

John Chandler


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