Am i a Dna connection to my great grandfather William Andrew 1887 1950 gedmatch says no

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in The Tree House by Wendy Stace G2G Rookie (160 points)

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Hi Wendy!  Welcome to WikiTree!

You can learn at lot about your DNA connection to your ancestors by using GEDmatch, but the only way GEDmatch could tell you that you are not related to your ggrandfather would be if your ggrandfather also had a DNA kit posted at GEDmatch.  

You are probably comparing your kit to the kit of a slightly distant cousin who is also a descendant of William Andrew.  There is no guarantee that you and the cousin would get the same segments of DNA from William.  See the tool here.

If you happen to match a couple of cousins who are descended from different children of William, that starts to add to the DNA evidence that all of you might be descendants of William.  But lack of a match at that distance doesn't really tell you very much.  

Besides, if you are comparing to just one cousin, who knows if it is your line or his that might have some unexpected parentage?

If you want to send me a private message with the pertinent GEDmatch kit numbers and a place i could see the family tree of you and of the cousin, i could tell you more about it.

by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Pilot (181k points)
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I know this isnt a very helpful answer but your question reminded me of an old saying that people used to have  back in the days before birth control  and DNA testing to determine paternity.  It went like this:  "Mama's baby....Papa's maybe"
by Joy Jernigan G2G4 (4.7k points)
My wife’s grandmother had a similar saying. Very loosely translated from Spanish ... “ my daughter’s children are my grandchildren for sure, my son’s children, not so sure!”
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 - Welcome to WikiTree Wendy Stace , and thank you for the question about William Andrew , there are about Search Results: 29 Matches for william andrew in WikiTree (today) , and if you know his ID 'code' (? is he one of them ) you can advise us in the 'box' below your question (it looks like this : with your ID highted in orange)

WikiTree ID/URL if this relates to a person or free-space profile:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stace-383

- I hope this helps , as being an Andrewartha , and he an Andrew , I understand the variation that occurs with truncation - - cheers - john.a

by John Andrewartha G2G6 Mach 6 (69.6k points)

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