Why does the relationship finder only search my paternal line?

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in WikiTree Help by Ruth LaMarr G2G Crew (430 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

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Your maternal line only has one branch going fairly far back: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Pilkington-Family-Tree-378

Your paternal line has a number of branches going fairly far back: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Tanner-Family-Tree-1429

It is more likely that the Relationship Finder will find a relationship between you and the other person when there are a lot of possible common ancestors (your paternal line) than fewer possible common ancestors (your maternal line).
by Anonymous Pease G2G6 (9.3k points)
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Hello Ruth,

Most of the times the "Relationship Finder" shows your relationships through your paternal line because that side of your tree is more complete and there are many more converging lines on that side than on your maternal line.

The relationship between you and Donald Pilkington (Pilkington-425) is:

Ruth and Donald are first cousins once removed

Ruth LaMarr and Donald Pilkington are both descendants of Henry (Pilkington) Kingston.

1. Ruth is the daughter of Marilyn June (Good) LaMarr [unknown confidence] 
2. Bonnie is the daughter of Zelpha Lorrayne (Pilkington) Mason [unknown confidence] 
3. Zelpha is the daughter of Henry Matthew (Pilkington) Kingston [unknown confidence] 
This makes Henry the great grandfather of Ruth.

1. Donald is the son of [private father] [unknown confidence] 
2. [Private] is the son of Henry Matthew (Pilkington) Kingston [unknown confidence] 
This makes Henry the grandfather of Donald.

This relationship is through your maternal line.

Once your maternal side had more ancestors and connections, the "Relationship Finder" will find more relationships on that line.

by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (690k points)

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