If you start with the premise that a "generation" averages 25 years then
50 generations will take you back around 1250 years and 65 will be
around 1625 years. That means that the common ancestor for the
"match" was knocking about around 592AD.
As I understand it this sort of matching is mainly of use in determining
racial origin - really more to do with if you had, say Danish roots or
Celtic etc, than helping you work out your relationship to a particular
In my own case traditional record chasing indicates my descent from a
clothier who died in the Blackburn area in 1718. There is a gap in the
record around 1800 but associative research suggest the most likely
connection. Now if I had a confirmed descendant of one of the
brothers of this "questionable" ancestor and who I can prove was related
to the clothier then a DNA test of both of us would be worthwhile to
confirm or refute my research. Unless I had this I don't think it
worth my while enriching the shareholders of these DNA testing
I was a member of a group for some time which researched the Calvert
name using DNA - the group was mainly USA based (I think due to the
interest in the name as that of the family of Lord Baltimore, proprietor
of Maryland). Groups like that seem to have been able to make use of
DNA research because they have gone into it with a defined aim.
What to do with the emails - unless there are any with 10 or 11
generation matches or you are interested in racial origins then I'd file
them in the WPB as pursuing them could be costly and probably lead nowhere.
On 29/03/2017 09:55, Fiona Hall wrote:
Hello Fellow Listers,
I feel very fortunate to be able to trace my line in Lancashire back 10
generations. Recently, I had my DNA tested and I'm now getting email
messages talking about individuals with matching DNA to mine.
currently have 1240 matches, most of which are with 50 or 65 generations,
too many generations?for my tiny mind to deal with.
I'm at a loss as to what I should or could be doing with this
There are some lively and knowledgeable discussions on Facebook - the
page : 'dna help for genealogy (uk) -
gedmatch-ftdna-ancestrydna-23andme' is very active and answers even
my stupid questions. here is also 'DNA for Genealogy - UK'
There are also Ancestry Message Boards on the subject.