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Re: The L3 Mystery
In Response To: Re: The L3 Mystery ()

Yes, I disagreed with the statement when I read it on the FTDNA site for exactly the same reason.

I sent the posted comment below as feedback via e-mail to them.

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"If you compare the 12 marker result to someone else who does not have the same surname, but the scores match, you are most likely NOT recently related. When we use the term recently related, we are talking about a time frame within the last 1000 years or 40 generations, a time depth that accommodates the earliest known use of surnames."

Your information about relatedness of individuals when 12/12 markers match but they have unrelated surnames does not apply to African-Americans born in this country. We did not have surnames, the majority of us, at all until the end of slavery and those adopted where not based on our dna line but rather the plantations or masters who owned us.

We are apart of your customer base and the information you supply does not fitly apply to us. With the history of our families being ripped apart, within the recent past of less than 200 years. We can be very related to people with different surnames and 12/12 matches.

Suggestion: I think an exception statement about the assumed history of the customer would be good information to include in the explanation.

What's in a name?

Family Stories:
My mother's family named her Justin [actually I should have spelled it, Justine] at her birth and that was all they ever called her. After she finish high school and needed a birth certificate, it was discovered that the white nurse who filled out the paperwork had put Josephine as her name, that made it her legal name. She never had it changed by law so there is a group of people who worked with her and knew her as Josephine. To her family and childhood friends she was always Justin. Same person with two names.

My mother's grandmother's name was Ollie Rebecca Viola Sarah Jane Sweatt (Perry). She was born somewhere in South Carolina to a Black mother and White father. It appears she picked up quite a few names before immigrating to Texas.

Sincerely,

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