It goes back roughly 200 years from the birth of the testee. In your case,
the mid-1700s.

You could have a sticky segment from the early 1700s. Maybe one of your
ancestors had a couple of siblings who went out west to Pico. Just a couple
of scenarios.

Cheri Mello
Listowner, Azores-Gen
Researching: São Miguel island: Vila Franca, Ponta Garca, Ribeira Quente,
Ribeira das Tainhas, Achada

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 2:52 PM, IslandRoutes <
insearchofthehumanspi...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Over the last year, I've been noticing 4th to remote cousin DNA matches
> whose trees are entirely on Pico.  I pretty much ignored them because my
> tree several generations back is entirely on Sao Miguel Island.  I didn't
> really think much of it and thought maybe they are identical by state,
> rather than true cousin matches.
>
> Then, last week I got a new match.  This person is another 4th to remote.
> But the difference is he matches my 3rd cousin on the Pacheco line
> (primarily in Fenais da Vera Cruz, Estrela, Nordestinho, Conceicao) on the
> same sequence on chromosome 2.  My Pacheco cousin shares most of her DNA
> with me on this block.
>
> My new match has 2 generations in Furnas and then the rest of the tree is
> on Pico.  I didn't see common surnames in his Furnas names and I have no
> ancestry there that I know of.
>
> So, now I wonder if someone in my Pacheco line has roots in Pico.  I am
> back into the mid 1750s or earlier on many of the lines on this side of my
> tree.  There's no clues thus far.
>
> How far back can autosomal DNA predict a relationship?  If it is a real
> match, I think it's probably going to be in the 1600s.
>
> Mostly this is curiosity about how far the autosomal test can really
> reach.  I'll continue to work on this side of the tree, but I'm not going
> focus on finding a link (unless it falls into my lap...LOL)
>
>
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