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Old 02-09-2018, 01:14 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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This is kind of funny, some people are getting mad at their DNA results, when they discover they are not 100% Europeans:
Some people get mad when they find out they are 100% European. (because they want to be exotic)

Some people get mad when they find out they have a small percentage of European. (because they want to be pure or are prejudiced against whites)


Just seach 'DNA test' on Youtube and you will find every permutation of disappointment on the basis of race and nationality out there.

Fortunately, the vast majority of people accept their heritage as revealed by these tests, so I don't see why we make a big deal out of the tiny number of people who don't.
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:11 PM
 
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My 23 & Me results showed that I'm 50% Ashkenazi Jew which was a surprise, because that is not part of our known family history or heritage. Even more surprising is the fact that my brother's test showed no Jewish DNA (for lack of a better term). I can only figure that my mother had an extramarital relationship. She and my father are both dead so there isn't really anyone to ask, not that I would have ever brought it up to my father.

Anyway, I'm puzzled and curious, but not angry about any of it. I just wish I'd been able to ask my mom about it. I must have relatives who I don't know out there, but have not yet turned up anyone closer than 3rd or 4th cousins.

I have decided, though, to give this advice to people who talk about giving everyone in the family 23 & Me tests as a gift: If someone says, "I'd rather not", or "I wish you wouldn't", think long and hard before you go against their wishes. Once that genie is out of the bottle, there's no putting him back.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:27 PM
 
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I took a dna test and it said i was 100 percent european
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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My 23 & Me results showed that I'm 50% Ashkenazi Jew which was a surprise, because that is not part of our known family history or heritage. Even more surprising is the fact that my brother's test showed no Jewish DNA (for lack of a better term). I can only figure that my mother had an extramarital relationship. She and my father are both dead so there isn't really anyone to ask, not that I would have ever brought it up to my father.

Anyway, I'm puzzled and curious, but not angry about any of it. I just wish I'd been able to ask my mom about it. I must have relatives who I don't know out there, but have not yet turned up anyone closer than 3rd or 4th cousins.
If both you and your brother have tested, you should be able to tell how much DNA you share and therefore whether you're full or half siblings, you shouldn't rely on the ethnicity report alone.

If you're trying to identify your biological father, you may be able to do that with a 3rd or 4th cousin. I narrowed my grandfather's bio father down to 4 potential brothers and his closest match on that side was an estimated 4th cousin (actually a 6th cousin as it turns out). I wasn't able to tell which brother it was until his great half nephew tested. If you're male, you may want to consider the Y-DNA test, which might help identify your bio father's surname.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:45 AM
 
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Out of the 1200+ relatives I have on 23&me I think I've seen only one white relative with a significant amount of sub-Saharan African DNA. Ironically it was 8% just like the lady in the news article. Most results show as 99%+ European. I have seen many .1% and a few 1-2% sub-Saharan African results among white relatives. My maternal great-great grandma was most likely mixed and has the mysterious background and 'native american' heritage but I'm pretty positive she was a black/white mixture. She was born in the early 1900's

Ironically I've only seen about 2 black relatives at 90%+ sub-Saharan African. Most fall into the 80-85% range.

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Old 02-10-2018, 01:04 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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We have one story like that in my family. My ggggg grandfather fathered a child with a slave. He freed the child/ young man around 1814. The son wasn't allowed to marry a white woman so he cohabitated with her and produced children. The generations after that often 'passed' as white. Some family members married back into the family. Same folks are finding 1-2% African Ancestry. I've been told that may just be noise.

I saw another story on Megyn Kelly the other day where a lady learned that her mother had passed as white. I'm not a fan of MK's show, but paused to watch because of the subject. https://www.today.com/parents/meet-w...-white-t122371
My computer wouldn't play the video at that site. In case anyone else has that issue here it is on the Today Show's youtube channel.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNiEBnOzgVw

ETA: here's the lady with her new found relatives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJEOwn0EUVk

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Old 02-10-2018, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Out of the 1200+ relatives I have on 23&me I think I've seen only one white relative with a significant amount of sub-Saharan African DNA. Ironically it was 8% just like the lady in the news article. Most results show as 99%+ European. I have seen many .1% and a few 1-2% sub-Saharan African results among white relatives. My maternal great-great grandma was most likely mixed and has the mysterious background and 'native american' heritage but I'm pretty positive she was a black/white mixture. She was born in the early 1900's

Ironically I've only seen about 2 black relatives at 90%+ sub-Saharan African. Most fall into the 80-85% range.
On average, African Americans are 73.2% African: Genetic study reveals surprising ancestry of many Americans | Science | AAAS
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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My DNA test showed 56% Italian.
That is interesting, since there is no mention whatsoever in any family lore about Italy or any Italians.
Family lore says Germany (Pennsylvania Dutch), Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Hmmm...
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains
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My DNA test showed 56% Italian.
That is interesting, since there is no mention whatsoever in any family lore about Italy or any Italians.
Family lore says Germany (Pennsylvania Dutch), Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Hmmm...
Mediterranean
Not necessarily from Italy.
It means someone in your family is from Southern Europe.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Washington, but California born and raised
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My DNA test showed 56% Italian.
That is interesting, since there is no mention whatsoever in any family lore about Italy or any Italians.
Family lore says Germany (Pennsylvania Dutch), Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Hmmm...


You could have Iberian, not so much Italian. British and Irish tend to have leftover Iberian ancestry.
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