It looks to me as if I might have the vee fingers and my dad had Mortonís toe, but I am not sure how diagnostic these would be in my case. At any rate the line of descent for Pocahontas is on my motherís side.
I have had autosomal testing done recently by Family Tree DNA using their new Family Finder procedures. It was suggested that relationships might be traced back 7 or 8 generations using this approach. Pocahontas would be about 12 generations back in my ancestry, so, in theory, not really detectable.
However, I have a very inbred ancestry that is almost completely what should probably be labeled Celtic. For example, in analyzing my CODIS markers using the company DNA Tribes, most people I have encountered on genealogy forums are happy to have their largest Maximum Likelihood Index score to fall between 200 and 500 for a population match. My highest match has dropped down a bit as they have added more populations to test against; from a score of over 190,000 for a population in central Spain to a score of over 152,000 for a Basque population. (I have not found any Hispanic ancestry in any line I have traced back, some of them going back as far as the 12th century.) This would suggest that even little snippets of DNA that looked Native American would stick out like a sore thumb in my results. It also means that my matches with other testers of similar ancestry reach back further into the past, but not necessarily for the odd stretch of Native American DNA. A stretch of unusual DNA would more likely disappear faster. FTDNA will not report matches on small blocks of matching DNA, two individuals must have a matching block that falls above a chosen threshold before FTDNA will report the match.
Autosomal DNA analysis is still new at FTDNA and there will probably be a number of discoveries in the future. If anything that looks Native American does turn up in my marker values Iíll be sure to post something here, but I donít have complete knowledge of all of my ancestral lines back 12 generations. If I find something that looks Native American it may still be from an ancestor who is not Pocahontas.
My kids have Native American from their motherís side and I have been told that their dentist used my oldest daughterís and her motherís shovel shaped teeth as models when making dentures for women. Their mother has French Canadian ancestry.
I also noticed that you mention the name Adkins in your ancestry. That is a name that occurs in the Chickahominy tribe in Virginia.
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