The theory behind the DNA Circles at AncestryDNA is fine: you essentially get in a circle if you and someone are genetically related and have the same person in their tree. We’ve discussed the circles before.
The DNA says you match. The shared names in the tree suggest that is the way. The information in the trees may be correct or it may not be correct. The circles are helpful in sorting out DNA matches–and if a DNA match shares a name in your tree, there’s a good chance that is where the connection is.
Good chance: not a guarantee.
It is the compilations or “biographies” of the circle ancestor that bother me. They are apparently automatically compiled from the information in the shared trees. It would be preferable if AncestryDNA just left the biographical details out.
The compilation for Melinda Sledd is an excellent of what can happen. It gives her parents’ ages at her birth: the dates of birth are not known for her parents. It then says that she married Augusta Newman and then she married Belinda Sledd. I’m not exactly certain just how that happened. I’m not sure that it really matters. The compilations are “condensed” versions of what is the the trees of submitters.
Part of why I wish the compilations were not there is that when they are really off–as this one is–they are in stark contrast to the DNA matches. DNA, as they say, doesn’t lie.
But these compilations, they are something else.