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Friday, June 22, 2018

Quiz: AncestryDNA Shared Matches

AncestryDNA shared matches have some quirks that can be confusing.

Do you understand which shared matches relationships are in, and just as importantly, which are out?

Test your knowledge with this quiz!


12 comments:

  1. You have reinforced my hunch that I know very little.

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    1. Shared matches can be tricky... Many of the questions are based on things that have confused me before.

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  2. LOL, I have some learning to catch up on!

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  3. Saying Jane is top entry in John's shared match list with you was misleading because of course she wouldn't be on shared match list. I was going to answer false until I read that statement. LOL

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    1. I didn't mean for it to be a trick question but it certainly tripped up a lot of people!

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  4. Thank you for the quiz, Shelley. It was a good learning experience!

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  5. I misunderstood the question 'If Betty logged in to her account and looked at YOUR match page, would she see John in the shared match list?' Unless I'm missing something the answer seem to imply she she was logging into YOUR account, not hers. Is that right? Did the question assume she had been given access to your results?

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    1. No, the question assumed that she had logged into her own account and found you among her matches.

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  6. Under "Distant Cousin" heading, I see shared matches with less than 20 cM (going down to about 18 cM). Those with 20cM or more go under 4th cousin (or closer).

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    1. Hi Greg,

      You will see distant (to you) matches in your match list under the Distant Cousins heading, going all the way down to 6cM. Is this what you are referring to?
      If you see something in your results that's different to the answers in the quiz would you mind contacting me via the "Contact Me" link at the top of my blog page?

      Shelley

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