The responses to “Those Ancestral Compilations in the AncestryDNA Circles” has been overwhelming. Wow. It’s important to remember that the connections made via DNA are different from the information in the “ancestral compilation” that appears on the circle page.
A few reminders (and these are generalizations):
- getting in circles requires a tree tied to your DNA results
- getting in a circle requires a DNA match that has a tree tied to the their results that has the same ancestral names as you
- membership in a circle does not prove a connection
- membership in a circle suggests that you and the DNA match share that connection
- it is possible that you and circle members are related through a different ancestor-not the one for whom the circle is named
- you and a circle member may have another shared ancestor–if you have double cousins
The circles at AncestryDNA are a way to potentially help genealogists determine the paper genealogical relationship with their DNA matches.
The “biographical compilation” on the “circle page” for an ancestor is compiled via highly automated process. That compilation is separate from the DNA circle analysis.http://rootdig.genealogytipoftheday.com/?p=7273 That compilation as discussed in the post should be take with a huge shaker of salt.