Saturday, April 14, 2018

DNA results - part 2 - distant cousins

So one of the OTHER "features" of the DNA testing is that it's supposed to help you identify potential distant cousins based on likely common ancestors.

From the side of things, this is something of a bust too.   At least for me.

I've got 55,000+ people on the family tree.   But there are several dead-ends - especially on the Irish side and on the Bradish line.   So I was hoping to find others who might be able to provide a breakthrough or two.

Ancestry has identifed ~250 people with whom I have a shared ancestor.   However looking at their profiles, they fall into three categories:

  1. People who took the DNA test but haven't done their family tree - no help there;
  2. People who started on their tree but it only has a few (e.g., 10) people on it - no help there;
  3. People who have fairly large family trees.  YAY...  but hey - their entries use the same format I do for names, etc...
... oh dear - their family tree is based mostly on getting data from another tree...   Mine!

Oh well  :-)

But there is one first-cousin whose tree has a different set of parents for John Patrick Bradish (the great-grandparent who was born in Punjab) and they're Irish not English.   This changes the Ethnicity assessment (skewing from mostly English to mostly Irish).   The parents I have came from Google search, are VERY low-confidence, and relied on the assumption they'd be English (since he served in the British army).   Although Ireland was part of Great Britain at the time, it just seemed to me to be unlikely many people would enlist in the British Army from Ireland.   But that might not be a valid assumption at all, and even if it were, it doesn't mean that this is an exception to the rule!

Something to follow up on!

No comments:

Post a Comment