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From: "robert mclaren" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] thoughts on how finding matches could be made easier
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2010 13:21:02 -0400


I don't think this approach is a wise one. I believe that FTDNA will use
confirmed relationships to improve their cousin predictions. In their beta
test, they tried to get a number from a family to test, up to sixth
cousins. This is what they based their predictions upon. However, as more
and more test, and as more relationships are confirmed, the predictions
should improve. But, if relationships are confirmed without actually
confirming them, then rather than improve, the predictions could get worst.

Yours aye,

Bob McLaren
Genealogist, Clan MacLaren Society (based in Scotland)
Chairman, Genealogy Committee, Clan MacLaren Society of North America
Administrator, Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project (Worldwide)
Administrator, Lindo, da Silva, and Braham Surname DNA Projects (all
Member, Association of Professional Genealogists
Member, Genealogical Speakers Guild

> [Original Message]
> From: Ann Turner <>
> To: <>
> Date: 7/9/2010 1:02:44 PM
> Subject: Re: [DNA] thoughts on how finding matches could be made easier
> Hmm, interesting approach -- but do we know whether FTDNA plans to make
> of the confirmed relationships to calibrate the cousin predictions?
> Ann Turner
> On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM, Patricia <> wrote:
> > One thing that was pointed out to me is that if the FF states you are
> > a fourth cousin with someone and you confirm it (even if you don't
> > know the connection) and the other person does as well you can see if
> > you and they have any matches in common. I match with someone and we
> > went ahead and agreed with the fourth cousin designation, and we went
> > on to see that we indeed have a match in common.
> > This helps narrow things down a bit.
> > Patricia
> >
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