I read that and decided to see if I had any. I went to my DNA Matches (sorted by Relationship) and saw my second cousin at the top of the list - she's been there for awhile now. I clicked on her name and saw:
down at the bottom are three buttons - the one in the middle is new - it is "Shared Matches:"
I clicked on the third one down on the list above, and saw the predicted relationship (4th cousin) and shared surnames and their tree:
The common surname that caught my eye was "Richmond" so I clicked on that and saw that the matching person's ancestor was Elizabeth A. Richmond (1854-1931):
I recognized Elizabeth A. Richmond as the sister of my great-grandfather, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917), so this looks like it's a probably DNA match.
The matching AncestryDNA person doesn't have any parents for Elizabeth A. Richmond, so if s/he checks my Ancestry Member Tree s/he will gather at least two more generations of Richmond and Rich ancestors. If s/he adds them, s'he will be in the same four DNA Circles that I have in my DNA matches.
We share common ancestors James Richman and Hannah Rich, the parents of Elizabeth and Thomas Richmond, who came to America from England in the 1855 time from Wiltshire in England. They are my second great-grandparents, so that makes the AncestryDNA person my third cousin.
I took a look at the AncestryDNA person's tree and was able to add some information, along with sources, to my own tree so that I can provide the AncestryDNA person with more information about his/her ancestry.
For the 4th match on the first screen above, one of the matching surnames was Hill from Wiltshire. I also have that surname in Wiltshire so that is probably our DNA match, but it's a 6th or 7th cousin relationship.
This AncestryDNA feature appears to work well - I need to investigate more of my close matches and see what else I can find.
One of the lessons learned here is that not every AncestryDNA tester has a fully developed family tree. Those that don't can be helped by those of us with a leafier tree, and perhaps some AncestryDNA tester will have a leafier tree than I do.
Now I need to contact this AncestryDNA tester and see if s/he knows anything about her Richmond family - perhaps there are family photos or papers that we can share. I have pictures of James and Hannah (Rich) Richman, for instance.
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