What do you think?

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I would like to know how you all opine about this.
I took an Ancestry DNA test this summer.  Very recently a 4th cousin match was added to my list.  I contacted him immediately after learning he'd been added to my list.  His wife responded on his behalf, telling me he's adopted and she thinks he's related to me through his dad's side.

He and I share exactly one match:  my 2nd cousin, who is the daughter of Metzner-29 ( Adolph Arthur Metzner).

Some things to consider:  I don't know who my 3rd great-grands are.  I can only go back to my 2nd great-grands.  My great-grandfather married twice and I don't know where he was when he married the first time, whether in the US or in Germany.  I do not know who my great-grandfathers siblings were.  I don't know if he came to the US alone or with family.

I appreciate your input, especially any thoughts about where to start looking for the bio dad.  I am guessing that bio dad is related through Artie? ( Adolph Arthur Metzner)

 

Many thanks.
WikiTree profile: Arthur Metzner
in The Tree House by Heidi Nead G2G6 (6.9k points)

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If you can find out the estimated relationship distance between your mystery cousin and your known cousin, that might help you figure out how many generations you'd need to go up from Artie to find your shared ancestor. DNA is a tool that keeps on giving as new waves of test results become available, so if you keep checking you may eventually get another shared match or matches who have been able to research your ancestors from another direction.

It's worthwhile uploading your DNA file to Gedmatch and asking your cousins if they would do the same, because it increases the pool of possible matches and has some nice features for narrowing down results.  I had a very cool experience this year when someone contacted me on behalf of their elderly friend who had been adopted - it turned out they matched a couple of my known relatives, which then led to him being able to figure out the man's maternal grandfather (after a few months' hard work). The stars aligned here because I'd literally contacted one of the now-known matches the previous day!
by Kathleen Cobcroft G2G6 Mach 6 (63.9k points)
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If you give each other view access to results you will be able to view match lists and find other matches that you have in common. Ancestry unfortunately only reports those that are within the 4th cousin grouping.

You should also both upload your results to gedmatch where you have the potential to find more common matches and to see which segments you actually match on. Try to persuade the person who is in common with you to upload too.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (628k points)

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