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Update on Autosomal DNA Testing
Posted by: Ralph Porter (ID *****7157) Date: March 18, 2013 at 00:51:17
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I had hoped to test my mother with 23andMe unfortunately she passed away suddenly last summer. It was through her line that I found a paper trail back to Pocahontas, if in fact it is accurate. I have since tested with 23andMe myself.

One of the features they offer is something called ancestry composition. In ancestry composition they have divided the genetic information they test into three groups: European; East Asian & Native American; and Sub-Saharan African. One of the methods of display is to show a diagram of the chromosomes tested with different colors for the different groups. Within these groups there is further division into smaller regions. In this way my European contribution is divided into Northern European and Nonspecific European. Interestingly, I have 99.1% European, 0.2% unassigned, 0.3% Sub-Sahara African in two small segments, and 0.4% East Asian & Native American in a single segment.

My single segment of East Asian & Native American is subdivided into 0.4% Native American and less than 0.1% Nonspecific East Asian & Native American. While this looks promising, I canít tell if it is from my motherís side or my fatherís side. It shows up on chromosome 6 in their diagram. I should start paying close attention to individuals who match my DNA values on that chromosome to see if they are connected to any of the traditional families associated with Pocahontas ancestry.

It should be remembered that while I have found no other source of Native American ancestry in my genealogical research, I have found none at all for African ancestry. The point to remember is that my Native AmericanĖlooking sequence could be due to some other source besides Pocahontas and even if it is due to her, that may be something which can never be proved.

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