FTDNA Project 1st cousins, WikiTree No Relationship Found, what is the problems and where I go now?

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in Genealogy Help by Thomas Huckabee G2G1 (1.2k points)
edited by Ellen Smith

5 Answers

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Things to consider:

  • Have both people registered their DNA on Wikitree and ensured that their profiles are set at the appropriate security levels?
  • Have you waited for overnight processing to run so that DNA links propagate up the tree?
  • Have both parts of the tree been developed to link up with the probable common ancestors?

If all of the above is OK and you still have a problem then you may need to start to consider whether the paper trail ancestry and the genetic ancestry are different.

by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (629k points)
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DNA can be quite random, so it might not be an exact first cousin.

It is probably worth both of you listing your great grandparents as well as your grandparents. Did anyone in your immediate ancestors have a second marriage at some point? A half relationship might look like a cousin in some circumstances.

Alternatively look at it from the DNA side. In the family finder matches page, tick just the person who is your first cousin, then press the In Common With button. This will show other matches in your list who have DNA in common with your cousin. If you can work out how they are related to you it will give you a clue as to where in the family tree to concentrate your search. They can do the same of course.

Good luck!

by Tim Partridge G2G6 Mach 3 (30.8k points)
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If FTDNA says that you and another WikiTree member are first cousins, but Relationship Finder here shows no relationship, the first thing to check is whether that other member has filled out all branches of their family tree for the last few generations. (Relationship Finder can't find relationships unless people's profiles are connected to their ancestors.)

If you are both connected and you still can't find a relationship, I guess you both need to explore the possible of a nonparental event. Maybe one of you, or one of your parents, was adopted -- or accidentally switched at birth with another child. Maybe one of your fathers was not the person you think was your father. Fasten your seatbelts -- this could become very interesting, not to mention very upsetting!
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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One easy step is to add your DNA test to Gedmatch.  It is free and will make it much easier to find connections.

See www.gedmatch.com  

When you have done that make sure you add your Gedmatch ID to your profile on Wikitree.
by Philip Smith G2G6 Pilot (275k points)
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Thomas, if I'm understanding your dilemma correctly, it seems you say that you and a first cousin are on FTDNA, but on Wikitree there is no relationship showing.  This occurs when you each haven't completed a tree up to your common ancestor, or one of you has entered wrong information on an ancestor, or you both have created profiles for common ancestors (thus having duplicates).  If both you and your first cousin are on Wikitree and are first cousins, then it should be only a couple generations back to your common ancestor.  Look at each profile and see where the problem occurs.  If there are duplicate profiles, then you need to propose a merge.
by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (413k points)

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