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Old 08-02-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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Hello everyone. I recently did a autosomal DNA ethnicity test. I was expecting to have at least about 3% Jewish, because I have Jewish ancestor on both my grandfathers side and my grandmothers side (according to our oral family history), 6 generations from me (on both sides). I received the following results:
- 29,9% English
- 8,00% North- and West-European
- 8,90% Europe East
- 1,70% Balkan

- 23,3% Nigerian
- 10,3% Sierra Leone
- 3,30% Kenyan
- 1,10% Central-African

- 9,20% South-Asia

- 3,2% Middle-East

- 1,1% Oceanic (This must be the native american part of my ancestry since theres also oral history of that and amazon natives are relatives to papuans)

I also don't get Jewish on Gedmatch with the Jtest (only ASHKENASI less then 1% so i consider that noise)

Can someone help me how to interpret these results and if I can link it to Sephardic Jewish ancestry or not? Its very important to me.

Regards
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Old 08-02-2017, 07:55 AM
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Hello everyone. I recently did a autosomal DNA ethnicity test. I was expecting to have at least about 3% Jewish, because I have Jewish ancestor on both my grandfathers side and my grandmothers side (according to our oral family history), 6 generations from me (on both sides). I received the following results:
- 29,9% English
- 8,00% North- and West-European
- 8,90% Europe East
- 1,70% Balkan

- 23,3% Nigerian
- 10,3% Sierra Leone
- 3,30% Kenyan
- 1,10% Central-African

- 9,20% South-Asia

- 3,2% Middle-East

- 1,1% Oceanic (This must be the native american part of my ancestry since theres also oral history of that and amazon natives are relatives to papuans)

I also don't get Jewish on Gedmatch with the Jtest (only ASHKENASI less then 1% so i consider that noise)

Can someone help me how to interpret these results and if I can link it to Sephardic Jewish ancestry or not? Its very important to me.

Regards
It's completely normal not to have inherited any DNA segments from ancestors 6 generations from you. We inherit roughly 50% of our autosomal DNA from each parent that is the average but it varies a little. Each generation one goes back from generation twe the amount of DNA you inherited from each ancestor can be very skewed. You can inherit for example as one of my kids does 21% form one grandparent and 27% from another grandparent and it gets even more skewed the further back you go.
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Jewish categories are for Ashkenazi Jewish specifically, not Sephardic. Not every Jewish person is Ashkenazi. The only company I know of at the moment which tries to identify Sephardic is FamilyTreeDNA.com - they do not yet accept uploads from MyHeritage, but they may in the future: https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transfer - but keep in mind that what AFP has said will still apply. At such a low percentage of 3%, you easily may not have inherited anything from those ancestors.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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Hello PA2UK and AFP. So best is to do a DNA test with both grandparents?

Is it possible that the sephardic Jewish part resides in the 3,2% middle eastern since they share genetics with eachother?
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:52 AM
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Hello PA2UK and AFP. So best is to do a DNA test with both grandparents?

Is it possible that the sephardic Jewish part resides in the 3,2% middle eastern since they share genetics with eachother?

Sephardic Jewish DNA is complex to simplify things there are components of Levantine/Anatolian/North African/Iberian/South East European and even small amounts of East African and other bits. If you find one small segment it could be a mix of all those things or only contain some of those things. The DNA results of Sephardic Jews I've seen contain substantial amounts of Southern European(Mostly Italian and Iberian), Levantine, North African and about equal amounts of Anatolian DNA in that order with small bits of other things.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:57 AM
 
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I don't recommend My Heritage, has lot of errors.
Here is my Jtest results from Gedmatch:
Population
SOUTH_BALTIC 5.57
EAST_EURO 9.82
NORTH-CENTRAL_EURO 12.77
ATLANTIC 13.66
WEST_MED 10.20
ASHKENAZI 3.38 <==== probably from my italian great grandparents
EAST_MED 6.82
WEST_ASIAN 2.98
MIDDLE_EASTERN 3.11
SOUTH_ASIAN 1.63
EAST_AFRICAN 3.65
EAST_ASIAN 5.84
SIBERIAN 13.56
WEST_AFRICAN 7.02
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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You're asking how to make actual DNA results match what someone told you about your ancestry? Interesting, wanting the science to be made to match the fable.


Could be that the oral history is wrong, or even a lie. Happens all the time.
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Old 08-02-2017, 03:58 PM
 
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You likely still have the Jewish ancestors it's just that you personally didn't inherit the markers for them since it's so random what we inherit.Dont worry about the DNA results,I see you are African like me,in African tribal belief we believe we are the reincarnation of certain ancestors,so maybe you still have some of those Jewish ancestors within you.
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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You're asking how to make actual DNA results match what someone told you about your ancestry? Interesting, wanting the science to be made to match the fable.


Could be that the oral history is wrong, or even a lie. Happens all the time.
Read the other responses - a lack of results in a certain category doesn't necessarily mean one doesn't have ancestry in that category. Ethnicity reports are very much an estimate, and should NOT be taken literally, nor do they give a full picture of every ancestor you've had. It does not necessarily mean one's oral history is wrong or a lie. While fictional family stories do get told, and non-paternity events and unknown adoptions do happen, one should not assume any of those things are the case based purely on the ethnicity report.
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:33 PM
 
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AFP, PA2UK, Kthiethegreat Thanks very much for the feedback... Very helpfull
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