Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

David Brostoff

On Sep 9, 2020, at 1:38 PM, Adam Turner <adam.d.turner@...> wrote:

The only change that Ancestry made was removing matches between 6.0 and 8.0 cM, whose usefulness tends to be much more marginal.
Thank you for clarifying this.

Until now I misunderstood the issue and sincerely apologize if my previous post -- citing matches with known relatives under 20 cM total (but well above 8 cM) -- added further fuel to the fire.

Before I posted I should have gone back and carefully read the entire thread, where I would have seen your previous clarification of September 3, 2020:

"Your main match list (the screen you are brought to when you click "DNA matches", which shows all of your matches) showed, and continues to show, all matches: everyone from "close family", "2nd-3rd cousins," "4th-6th cousins" (3500+ cM down to 20.0 cM) to "Distant Cousins" aka "5th-8th cousins" (20.0 cM down to 8.0 cM). The change that AncestryDNA made in August is that the cutoff used to go down to 6 cM, and they took out all matches between 6.0 and 8.0 cM."

David Brostoff

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