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Re: determining ancestry with small %


I found your results interesting, because they're similar to mine, and so far I haven't come across anybody (outside my family) with similar results. I took the autosomal DNA print (also called the Ethnicity DNA test) and came out with: 85% European, 5% East Asian, 5% Sub-Saharan African, and 5% Native American. I had already suspected the Native American, because my ggrandfather said he was part Amer. Indian. I expected some Asian, because my father is Finnish, and most Finns are part Siberian.

The Sub.-Sah. African was a big surprise. I think it must also come from the ggrandfather, because all my other ancestors go directly back to Ireland and Finland within a few generations. My ggrandfather's forebears lived in New England for many generations. Marriages between Nat. Amer.'s and Afri. Americans were very common in southern New England. Somewhere along the line, they intermarried with my EuroAmer ancestors, who were mostly poor people, probably not slaveholders.

I'm doing traditional genealogical research to try to find out who my African and Nat. Am. ancestors were. I don't think I can do further genealogical testing, because my African doesn't come through a strict maternal or paternal line.

It has been a fascinating journey to find out that my family history is not quite what I thought it was. My relatives thought that my ggrandfather had made up the American Indian story, and there was no family tradition of African ancestry. It is amazing what DNA testing can reveal.

Best of luck to all in your family searches. Judy

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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