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OK The Test Results are in !!!
We have found that the two individuals are indeed related. The DNA results show that we are linked 14 generations back (300-350 years back). We were almost certain there would be a link, and we knew it had to be at least 6 or 7 generations back, as we have family data that only mentions (from both sides of the discussion) that we were ‘distant’ relatives at that point.
Now we know the real story. In addition, as I mentioned above, both samples brought the same returns, showing a man in Alberta, Canada who is 8 generations removed from both of our guys…and another fellow in Nebraska who is 9 generations back from both of our samples. We are contacting these two men to see if they would like to swap info about how a link might be found between us.
This has been a great experiment. According to the folks at the test company, the Maternal DNA test will not give the depth of specific detail that the Paternal test does. It will give basic yes or no answers to the question “Are these two related?” but it won’t measure the generations to the link.
OK That answers that question. I recommend the DNA process to check out any ‘possible connections’ you may have in your family tree. It was a real neat experience and has brought out a lot of interest from many family members here.