DNA Research #DNA RE: Ancestry Matches #dna

Adam Cherson

Dear David,

Having been in a number of similar situations myself, I can only say
that in most cases the 'fog' is caused by my own (and that of my
co-researchers) lack of knowledge of the historical facts surrounding
our heritages. The dna doesn't lie... Clearly there is a mystery there.
Your job is to solve the case.

The first thing I would try to do is determine whether you are related
through her maternal or paternal sides. There are a number of techniques
and tests which can help in this regard and there is no time to explain
those here. If you are lucky enough to be related through her mother,
then there may be a documentary trail you can pick up. Otherwise, things
will be much more difficult since you will be confronted with an
investigation into the biological parents of her adopted father.

Take it one step at a time and keep seeking expert advice along the way.

Best Wishes,
Adam Cherson

From: "David Goldman" <lugman@...>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2018 13:26:47 -0400

I am totally new to the issue of the DNA testing
(and just read some article online about who can get access to DNA
information >from genealogy research). I got my matches, and have contacted a
number of people who also did the Ancestry test. Only a couple have so far
replied, but one of them was classified as an "extremely high match" and I
saw the closeness based on having 204 centimorgans over 8 segments. Well, we
corresponded, and she told me that her mother's side was >from England/Wales,
and her father (who was adopted) had origins supposedly in the Balkans. The
only thing we had in common was that she lived in Alberta and I was born
there myself.
Can someone shed some light on this fog? How can this demonstrate an
"extremely high" likelihood of being 2nd-3rd cousins when there were no
common geographic origins at all?

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