Interesting coincidence here, I actually ordered the Family Finder test at FTDNA about a month ago.I am still waiting on the results to come back.I am interested in your mention of a method of comparing tests at FTDNA to 23andME, perhaps when my test comes back I can e-mail you for more details on that.It is definitely possible that your cousin's Bright family from Indiana could tie into the Brecht-Bright line.Several Brecht-Bright descended lines that I know of headed for Indiana, and I'm sure there are a great deal more that I'm not familiar with.While I don't have any firm numbers, I think a great many American Bright families may originally descend from the three Brecht-Bright brothers who immigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania between 1726 and 1731.These three brothers combined had 13 sons and 12 daughters, and almost all of them went on to have large families of their own.It seems like with many family lines out there a lot of information is available on the 1700's lines, but sometimes finding the connecting ancestor in the early 1800's back to them is the hard part.I suppose it is possible my Family Finder test could detect a match with your cousin, although I think the chances decrease from what I have read once you get past 5th cousins so we'll have to see.As I do not have my Family Finder result back, I really can't speak much more on that particular type of DNA test.
I do continue to recommend any Bright lines curious about their earlier origins at least consider the Y-DNA 37 test at Family Tree DNA.This test is able to clearly establish connections between paternally related individuals even when separated by hundreds of years.The Bright DNA project is very much in its infancy as only a few tests have come in over the first 8 years or so of this being offered for genealogy purposes which is really a shame.Bright is a pretty common name it would be great to get more tests in so we could start establishing different lineages of the Bright family.Currently three Brecht-Bright tests have come in that match each other almost identically, two from descendants of different immigrant brothers who came to Pennsylvania together in 1726 and a third from a Bright family with no known paper connection as of right now to the Brecht-Bright line.The third positive Brecht-Bright test was from a descendant of James Bright b. 1812 in Virginia, he has a great many descendants living in the southern states especially Alabama.
Family Tree DNA currently has discounted rates on many of their products including the Y-37 test and the Family Finder test so if anyone out there has considered doing one of these this would be a great time.I believe the current discounted rates end Dec 31st, please feel free to e-mail me for more details if anyone is interested.
Angelia, when my test comes back in perhaps you can walk me through how to set it up so I can compare to 23andME and see if your cousin and I have any overlapping DNA that it detects.