Sometimes you get a DNA match that doesn’t have a family tree listed. There are ways around that, but even with those, you’ll hit a dead end sometimes. You can try sending a message to your match, but they don’t always respond.
Of course, good genealogists never give up. If you’re a good genealogist, you’re going to search Google for the info you have. If your match is on 23andMe, you don’t have any, because they don’t give you much to work with. If your match is on Family Tree DNA, you’re going to search for the email address (and also search for just the first part of the email address—the part before the @ sign—because that will often yield useful results). If your match is on Ancestry.com, you’re going to search for the person’s Ancestry username. The latter is surprisingly effective, because a lot of folks use that same username for a variety of websites. You can often figure out the real name of your cousin match by doing this.
So here’s a rule I need all of you to follow starting right now: If you like adult websites, it might be a good idea to use a different name for your Ancestry account than you do for your favorite fetish site. Because I just googled a new DNA cousin, and now I know a lot about that guy. A whole lot. Seriously, A WHOLE LOT. I’m not sure how he even has time for genealogy, because he is very active in the adult website community.
Don’t be that guy, okay?
Another clue: If you comment below, please don’t say the p-word-that-rhymes-with-corn. A lot of people subscribe to this blog via email, and you’ll set off a whole bunch of corporate filters, and it’ll be a dramafest.
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