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Re: AncestrybyDNA 2.5 Results

Hi!

I know I'm about 7 years late to this conversation....

My family is primarily from Southern Maryland & Virginia. I recently ordered an ancestrybydna test and an ancestryDNA test. I'm eagerly awaiting my results!

I' m African American, and proud of it! I do think there is some value, however, in Black Americans looking into whether or not there is any Native American ancestry.

It wasn't until I really started my research that I realized the impact racism had on ALL people of color, including Native Americans. Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924 is one local example.

Here is a brief Wikipedia excerpt about the act "Indians reclassified as colored
As registrar, Plecker directed the reclassification of nearly all Virginia Indians as colored on their birth and marriage certificates, because he was convinced that most Indians had African heritage and were trying to "pass" as Indian to evade segregation. Consequently, two or three generations of Virginia Indians had their ethnic identity altered on these public documents. Fiske reported that Plecker's tampering with the vital records of the Virginia Indian tribes made it impossible for descendants of six of the eight tribes recognized by the state to gain federal recognition, because they could no longer prove their American Indian ancestry by documented historical continuity.[16]"


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