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From: "Tim Janzen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Thinking of Giving Up on 23andme
Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:57:15 -0700
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Dear Sam,
Just because you share a 16.9 cM HIR with someone don't assume that
you are related to that person within 5 generations. The GEDmatch suggested
generations to MRCA should be taken with a grain of salt. As a general
rule, I assume that any match who shares 50 cMs or less with one of my
relatives or me could be as distantly related as 10th or 20th cousin.
Tim Janzen

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Sam Sloan
Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2013 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Thinking of Giving Up on 23andme

I just compared my one-to-one data to somebody whose kit number I know.
Here is the result.

Largest segment = 16.9 cM
Total of segments > 5 cM = 16.9 cM
Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.9

It is difficult to believe that we are so closely related, 5 generations
back, yet cannot find the common relative after what we consider to be a
complete search.

Sam Sloan

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