I submitted DNA material for testing results said I was related to Ben is this possible?

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WikiTree profile: Ben Franklin
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Which company? My guess is 23&me and that is a very distant, were talking potentially tens of thousands of years ago connection, to his mtDNA line, which would have come from his mother who was a faughter of Peter Folger. Ben's Y DNA line has yet to be confirmed but we're working on it!
answered by Lisa Franklin G2G6 Mach 1 (18.2k points)
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23andMe does have a list of mtDNA haplogroups for famous people, including Ben Franklin (he's haplogroup V). Having the same haplogroup as another person is interesting, but it is probably best understood as indicating that your maternal ancestry is in the same population -- that you have a common female ancestor a few millennia ago. You might be related to Ben more closely, but the haplogroup doesn't prove it.
So when they say related they mean like 150th cousin?  They charge for this?
Actually, no you aren't being charged for this as you say.  LOL  23&me provides Y (for men) and mtDNA information in their autosomal (atDNA) results, unlike FTDNA where you pay for that informaiton separately.  Of course it is only a basic haplogroup assignment and not the highly specific one you get with FTDNAs testing.  But it is a haplogroup if you are maintaining or working on a DNA family tree chart, thus helpful.  Largely you are doing an atDNA test for the close kinship connections typically up to the 5th-6th cousin range, however, I have successfully triangulated and confirmed one 8th cousin connection and three 7th cousin connections using the tools at 23andme.  Ellen's statement is correct, particularly when it comes to mtDNA haplogroups which are more distant in time on matching than even Y DNA matches typically are.  :)
The 23andMe website has a couple of short lists of famous people's Mt and Y haplogroups. This is "interesting information," and should not be misunderstood as an indication of relatedness.
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If you are a Franklin you are not likely related to the Ben Franklin. His line died out with William
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She could still be related to Ben Franklin even though she may not be direct decendant and it does not seem to much of a stretch to believe that Ben, with his reputation, could have had other children.:)
John Adams encouraged Ben to get married because Franklin was a ladies man, and people were beginning to talk .
I know I am not directly related to Ben but can't find which uncle we are related to.  My Gr Grandfather didn't arrive here till 1909.  He is Benjamin Franklin b1878 Wolstanton, Staffordshire, England, wife Ada Farrar, b 1879 Wellingburogh, Northamptonshire, England, son William Robert Franklin b 1899, son Bramwell Ernest Franklin b 1904. .I have received  BC from England for  Benjamin showing his parents as William Franklin and Fanny Griffiths then for Williams BC showing his parents as George Franklin and Mary Sutton.  That is as far as I can say for sure.  The nest is Info I got from Ancestry and Family Search.  Waiting for money to order George BC& MC

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