I said from day one of the resurrection (2015/2016) of the controversy over the Native American ancestry of Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Democratic presidential candidate, that it was time she tested, but I also knew autosomal DNA would not likely settle the argument, only intensify it. You want more proof? There will be more proof and if we all team up we will have it!
Everyone in this country except Native Americans wonder where they came from. Today the world searches for answers of origins and tries to grasp the past and heritage, including Native Americans curious about their now added heritage lines. Haplogroups are ancient – they are ancestors and we all can know the haplogroups of all our ancestors if we work hard enough in our research.
In 2012, during the previous round of Senator Warren’s ancestry controversy there were almost no Native DNA (autosomal-DNA) samples in the reference populations period and even as of this year there are still few. What does that mean? If they have little to no Native DNA to compare people to then they cannot say if a person has Native or not so the ordinary mail order testing is not for this question. So all the brou-ha-ha was a lie and I fell for it also. Companies could not admit the truth that the admixture readings are limited at best and only about 50% accurate according to one company and the admixture results labeled as ‘for entertainment purposes only and the basic tests cannot prove you do not have Native heritage and they have only ‘a small chance to prove you do have. But the day is dawning and more and more of our Native peoples of the Americas are testing so there are now people to compare to.
The admixture of the Americas is proving to be the melting pot it was always thought to be. Yes, many Africans do have some Native as do many Europeans and actually those with long American ancestries can expect to have a bit of everything as one would expect. Now I can meet in my matches the people who have 20% or 8% Native, or 7% Ashkenazim or 14% Iberian or Sub-Saharan African or Asian or Arctic Inuit. So one can now begin to see some of the heritage – but you really have to go to Gedmatch to hope to read snippets of Native heritage via admixture. (Test with Family Tree DNA [see below] and upload to gedmatch.com)
The beautiful mt-DNA and y-DNA haplogroups can answer questions admixture cannot. But few want all the work to search out a descendant carrying the y-DNA of a patriarch’s DNA, much less the difficulty of tracing to the present to test a matriarch’s mt-DNA through a descendant.
For the ancestry much of the work is done – and you would need more than one descendant of each ancestor to prove or not – so a lot of tests and a lot of team work – who will help? Where will we get the kits? and lets find us some haplogroup testing candidates!
The full PDF is here. http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~kgissy/genealogy/borakernl/55.pdf
Ms. Warren never claimed anything about Pocahontas – that is all politics – but I still think besides the Warren controversy – Pocahontas and her relatives have been left out. We should help there also out of respect. Maybe they want answers also and to find and see the magic and beauty of their own haplogroups.
See more links below about the Senator Elizabeth Warren story – this one from Roll Call
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See all the links for the Elizabeth Warren story here
The most magnificen website for haplogroups – Haplogroup!
I looked for a story and this is the one that turned up – it was not intentional.
But the all time greatest resource for family history is rootsweb.com – it is free.
if you get off their site to the linked – they might want money but use your back button!
great tree with O C (maybe Oma – maybe Neoma…