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01-18-2013, 10:13 PM
 Location: Reston 560 posts, read 1,170,389 times Reputation: 448

23andme says that I am .1% Native American, so that is 1 in 1,000 right? I did this calculation to see how far back that would be in terms of generations.

1 me
2 parents
4 grandparents
8 great grandparents
16 etc
32
64
128
256
512
1,024 (the American Indian would be one of these)

At 30 years per generation that would be over 300 years. My parents were both from Massachusetts with relatives up through eastern Canada. Hopefully, I can identify the specific tribe somehow.

01-19-2013, 10:29 AM
 Location: Georgia, USA 30,476 posts, read 32,885,191 times Reputation: 37721
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 Originally Posted by Lucky★ 23andme says that I am .1% Native American, so that is 1 in 1,000 right? I did this calculation to see how far back that would be in terms of generations. 1 me 2 parents 4 grandparents 8 great grandparents 16 etc 32 64 128 256 512 1,024 (the American Indian would be one of these) At 30 years per generation that would be over 300 years. My parents were both from Massachusetts with relatives up through eastern Canada. Hopefully, I can identify the specific tribe somehow.
Not necessarily that many generations back. Your 0.1% could have come in smaller amounts from more than one ancestor.

01-19-2013, 05:08 PM
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 Originally Posted by Lucky★ 23andme says that I am .1% Native American, so that is 1 in 1,000 right? I did this calculation to see how far back that would be in terms of generations. 1 me 2 parents 4 grandparents 8 great grandparents 16 etc 32 64 128 256 512 1,024 (the American Indian would be one of these) At 30 years per generation that would be over 300 years. My parents were both from Massachusetts with relatives up through eastern Canada. Hopefully, I can identify the specific tribe somehow.
Look at your Chromosome View and see what chromosome it is on then compare that section to the relative finder segment matches and see how long that segment is if it is over 7cM it could be meaningful. But this low of a % is well within noise levels. Also, if you can uplaod your raw data to GEDmatch you can get a Chromosome painting and this segment will show up nicely - look also at the length of that segment - if about 10cM or longer it is probably a fact that somewhere in the distant past you had a NA ancestor or as someone else said possibly more than one - but if it is on many different chromosomes at very small segments then it is probably representing noise or East Asian/Siberian mixture.

01-19-2013, 09:00 PM
 Location: Memphis - home of the king 38,888 posts, read 25,694,532 times Reputation: 127263
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 Originally Posted by suzy_q2010 Not necessarily that many generations back. Your 0.1% could have come in smaller amounts from more than one ancestor.
Not only that but people tend to look at these things as if the number of ancestors continues to increase indefinitely without realizing we are all necessarily interbred to some degree. There are seven billion people on the planet right now. 500 years ago there were not anywhere near that many.

01-21-2013, 06:21 PM
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You probably ate corn or buffalo that night.

01-21-2013, 07:30 PM
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That .1% is probably only noise. In fact 23andMe states very specifically that any admixture less than 3% could be noise and not really true.

My test results were very similar. One estimate put me at 99.1% European and another estimate put me at 98.5% european, with 1% African and .5% native. I told my older family members about it and if they want to believe we are native and african that is up to them. I tell people I am completely european descended as I have no proof to believe otherwise.

01-22-2013, 05:12 PM
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 Originally Posted by Lucky★ 23andme says that I am .1% Native American, so that is 1 in 1,000 right? I did this calculation to see how far back that would be in terms of generations. 1 me 2 parents 4 grandparents 8 great grandparents 16 etc 32 64 128 256 512 1,024 (the American Indian would be one of these) At 30 years per generation that would be over 300 years. My parents were both from Massachusetts with relatives up through eastern Canada. Hopefully, I can identify the specific tribe somehow.
Ok, new to this......what is 23andme and how are you testing chromozones to see how native you are? I am confused.

01-22-2013, 05:22 PM
 Location: Georgia, USA 30,476 posts, read 32,885,191 times Reputation: 37721
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 Originally Posted by Rabflmom Ok, new to this......what is 23andme and how are you testing chromozones to see how native you are? I am confused.

https://www.23andme.com/

01-24-2013, 05:27 PM
 Location: Reston 560 posts, read 1,170,389 times Reputation: 448
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 Originally Posted by suzy_q2010 Not necessarily that many generations back. Your 0.1% could have come in smaller amounts from more than one ancestor.
I think that's true, but it would be 2/2,000 taking it back another generation or more. I'm guessing that 1/1,000 would be the most recent possible generation.

Also have a hunch that it is Mi'kmaq from PEI based on a family legend.

Thank you all very much for your replies.

01-24-2013, 07:26 PM
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 Originally Posted by Lucky★ I think that's true, but it would be 2/2,000 taking it back another generation or more. I'm guessing that 1/1,000 would be the most recent possible generation. Also have a hunch that it is Mi'kmaq from PEI based on a family legend. Thank you all very much for your replies.

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