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DNA Relatives says we are third cousins, but I know our relationship must be more distant. How can this happen?

For more distant relationships, the Predicted Relationship should be treated as a best guess and you should use the Relationship Range as the bounds of the relationship. The reason is that the randomness of DNA transmission across generations makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact relationship for more distant cousinships. Additionally, some populations have higher than average DNA sharing, which can skew the Predicted Relationship to a closer relationship.


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