I am working through my DNA test matches, and it is a challenge as it has me working in a different direction. One of my latest is to a man in Australia. I was able to link him to my grandmother's family, but the shared DNA matches indicated he was related to my grandfather; Got him today! and it is a great link -- to the Semmons family! . What I hope to verify is that Honor Semmons and Isaac Wynn had daughters named both Mary and Maria. Mary 1803 married Edmund Martin and is my link to my match.
I have Elizabeths and Elizas, Emilys and Amelias... so I see this as possible. I have been working on this link for about two weeks.
I did find enough Marys and Marias to make my head spin and realized I hadn't transferred this group from my worksheet to my tree since I was unsure who married Charles George.
My fifth great-grandparents were William Semmons and Eleanor Reed. I descend from their son, William. His sister, Honour, married blacksmith Isaac Wynn (Sr) and had daughters named Mary (1803) and Maria (1829.) I have not found a baptism for this Maria, who I believe is the one who married Charles George in 1850. Witnesses: Jacob George and Isaac Wynn.
Honour and Isaac named a son, Isaac, in 1805, who married Maria King at St. Hilary with his sister Honour and her husband (their cousin) William Semmons present as witnesses. Isaac Jr., a blacksmith like his father, and Maria also named daughters Maria (1828) and Mary (1832) who wasn't much younger than her Aunt Maria whose husband Charles was a witness at Mary's marriage to John Bowden in 1854 -- if I have this all straight!
My "match" and I are sixth cousins. The other way we relate eventually connects to Francis Ford and Amy Kitto, so Mary and Spike are also "cousins." I seem to be getting more links to Cornwall which is fun.
My brother tested before I did, and we share about half of my Ancestry DNA matches (typical at the sibling level) while I know we are both related to all of them. The paper trail research part of this process is still key. When the DNA link pops up, it is validation of the work we've done and is very gratifying. I had a coworker ask me about entering into the testing process (Ancestry being in the US) and I told her the test would not be helpful unless she also built her tree. You still have privacy and sharing options.
A bit of an update- why not? I have my first DNA match to my fifth great grandmother, Eleanor Reed, wife of William Semmons. Out of 5500 matches, I think this is pretty cool! I share DNA with a descendant of her sister, Elizabeth, who lives in Australia. Eleanor was baptized in Sithney on January 7 1759. Father John, wife Ann (maiden name unknown.)
PS on both of our father's sides, we are dealing with different countries which simplified things greatly