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Re: DNA Tribes
In Response To: Re: DNA Tribes ()

>I had thought that due to admixture that the results
>with African Ancestry might be some what "blurred".
>If this is not the case then it is truly good news!

African Ancestry does not do admixture testing which uses the autosomal dna. They do only y-dna and mtDNA testing. Any mixing in your ancestry is not relevant since it is only your mother's dna, nothing from your father; her mother's dna, nothing from HER father, and so on back through the generations. It is the ancestry from one person per generation no matter how far back you go.

You may find matches in more than one group, but not because of mixing in your personal ancestry. They will be people with the same mtDNA as yours, possibly from mixing between 'tribal' groups at some point in the past.

Example: a female from Group A has a daughter with a male from group B and lives in Group B. The Group A mtDNA would carry foward female-to-female, through the generations of descendants of that female, even though the identity for that family may now be Group B.

Just think of those very dark-skinned South African Lemba men with Jewish Y-chromosomes, the same as found in some Catholics in New Mexico with Spanish ancestry (tracing back to the time of the Inquisition and forced conversions of Jews), some Ashkenazi Jews and some Sephardic Jews. All the same Y-chromosome dna tracing back to the priestly caste of Aaron, brother of Moses.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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