With all the recent discussion about Ancestry’s new “New Ancestor Discovery” feature rollout, and some wrong individuals being assigned as my ancestors, some people have been asking the question, “How do you know your tree is right?” In other words, how do I know those ancestors are not my genetic ancestors? As they correctly pointed out, NPEs and adoptions do occur.
And they are right, absolutely right. It’s a legitimate question, one that every one of us needs to answer for our own trees.
I answered their question briefly by saying that I have a combination of both paper genealogy and DNA for all ancestors through the 6th generation, which is true, but I want to share more than that. Plus, I wanted to take the time to really evaluate every single line individually to be absolutely positive of what I was saying, and to weigh the evidence. …
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