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Re: Surprising Results from DNA
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>now have to go to collateral relatives to find the
THIS is the reason for testing the elders first.... not the accuracy of the test results. You can probably get results for more lines if you test them.
My parents and all of their siblings are deceased. My generation is what is left, no grandparents, no really old cousins. So I have turned to my first cousins (or their children) to test the other 3 lines beyond my maternal line.
On my father's side, he did have some cousins who maybe I could have tested to get his father's mother's lineage, but they are all deceased and the descendants I know are not female-to-female so not candidates to test.
And I knew my maternal grandmother's one brother, but he died about 1960, and I don't know his descendants and don't think there were any male-to-male descendants from that line. If only.....
And, Melvin, I am one of those whose great-grandparent was born in the 1840s, my father's grandfather in 1842. But sometimes that is the result of family dynamics. My father was the youngest child of my grandfather's 3rd marriage, so perhaps that spreads out the generation span of years. My grandfather was born in 1872, my father in 1913.
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