Did a DNA test and was surprised to find out I don’t have any Native American even though my maternal great grandmother was Cherokee


Did a DNA test and was surprised to find out I don’t have any Native American even though my maternal great grandmother was Cherokee. My guess is GGP married twice, given so many did back in the day due to illness & death. Also surprised I had 16% Scandinavian, although the Vikings did get around.
The report also shows how the family tree migrated from Europe to and across America from 1700 on. Over 1,000 1st-4th cousins have evidently taken the DNA test. Over the next year, I plan to investigate and build the family tree as something for my kids and grandchildren to have a bit of personal history.
Have any of you done the test and found surprises as well? Anyone do multiple kinds and find one better than another?

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Deborah Meyer

December 31, 2017

That is very interesting!

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Edward H. Sebesta

December 31, 2017

Don’t take this result seriously. I read “Science” magazine as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science which has a lot of articles about DNA sequencing. I am also a historian. These reports are just junk. For example what ex…

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    James M. Phillips

    December 28, 2017

    I’m cynical about this DNA testing. They can just make it up and say anything they want. Who would know?

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    Grace Tollini

    December 28, 2017

    23andme is the most accurate and reliable of all tests out there.

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    Robert Squires

    December 28, 2017

    Well, they did track down via DNA a lot of cousins, dozens that I know of. And per a county history book I inherited years ago, showed my early paternal side as settling and living in WVa from the 1700s thru the Civil War. And the Irish and English parts I’d already known about from both sets of grandparents.

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    Beth Murray Sackner

    December 28, 2017

    As Bob said, it showed several of my cousins as well that I know, plus a 4th cousin I went to HS with. I pretty knew what to expect (mostly Irish) and that’s what it came back. I didn’t use my maiden name. Beth Sackner hardly sounds Irish lol.

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    Beth Murray Sackner

    December 28, 2017

    My aunt did both ancestry and 23 and me and got same results.

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    Robert Squires

    December 28, 2017

    I’ll probably do 23andMe for comparison, plus it appears to provide more in-depth, especially to origions. I find the detail of what’s in our DNA fascinating, and most likely unlocking better and more speciific medical treatments one day.

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    Beth Murray Sackner

    December 28, 2017

    I did the raw dna download and ran it through a program and the amount of info was overwhelming. Hardly have looked at it.

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    Robert Squires

    December 28, 2017

    Beth Murray Sackner A small world, our oldest relatives may have crossed paths, especially the Irish. Maybe even had a pint in the pub way back lol

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    Beth Murray Sackner

    December 28, 2017

    Hey ya never know! It’s fascinating.

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    Vance Squires

    December 28, 2017

    Uncle Ike has history going back to England to the Taylor side of the family. I believe he said distant relatives of Elizabeth Taylor. You might see if he would share his info.

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    Robert Squires

    December 29, 2017

    Vance Squires will do, thanks

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James M. Phillips

December 31, 2017

I’m cynical about this DNA testing. They can just make it up and say anything they want. Who would know?

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Grace Tollini

January 1, 2018

23andme is the most accurate and reliable of all tests out there.

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Robert Squires

January 1, 2018

Well, they did track down via DNA a lot of cousins, dozens that I know of. And per a county history book I inherited years ago, showed my early paternal side as settling and living in WVa from the 1700s thru the Civil War. And the Irish and English parts I’d already known about from both sets of grandparents.

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Beth Murray Sackner

January 1, 2018

As Bob said, it showed several of my cousins as well that I know, plus a 4th cousin I went to HS with. I pretty knew what to expect (mostly Irish) and that’s what it came back. I didn’t use my maiden name. Beth Sackner hardly sounds Irish lol.

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Beth Murray Sackner

January 2, 2018

My aunt did both ancestry and 23 and me and got same results.

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Robert Squires

January 2, 2018

I’ll probably do 23andMe for comparison, plus it appears to provide more in-depth, especially to origions. I find the detail of what’s in our DNA fascinating, and most likely unlocking better and more speciific medical treatments one day.

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Beth Murray Sackner

January 2, 2018

I did the raw dna download and ran it through a program and the amount of info was overwhelming. Hardly have looked at it.

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Robert Squires

January 2, 2018

Beth Murray Sackner A small world, our oldest relatives may have crossed paths, especially the Irish. Maybe even had a pint in the pub way back lol

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Beth Murray Sackner

January 2, 2018

Hey ya never know! It’s fascinating.

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Vance Squires

January 3, 2018

Uncle Ike has history going back to England to the Taylor side of the family. I believe he said distant relatives of Elizabeth Taylor. You might see if he would share his info.

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Robert Squires

January 3, 2018

Vance Squires will do, thanks

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Joyce Yvonne Elsner

December 31, 2017

Curious results. The maternal side is always present which is why we can all be traced back to Eve. It is the only constant in DNA whereas the paternal side changes.

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    Rich McEntee

    December 28, 2017

    the paternal side carries through direct male descendants just as the maternal line does. it doesn’t carry through female though so that interrupts the passage of the yDNA

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    Joyce Yvonne Elsner

    December 28, 2017

    The maternal side is the one that scientists use to track DNA. It is unaltered. I am very skeptical about this result.

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Rich McEntee

January 1, 2018

the paternal side carries through direct male descendants just as the maternal line does. it doesn’t carry through female though so that interrupts the passage of the yDNA

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Joyce Yvonne Elsner

January 3, 2018

The maternal side is the one that scientists use to track DNA. It is unaltered. I am very skeptical about this result.

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Marybeth Ley

December 31, 2017

Mazel tov! You’re mushpuka!!

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Cheri Casper

January 1, 2018

My husband’s grandmother was pure German. His test showed NO German blood. I am skeptical of these cheap, commercial grade tests.

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    Robert Squires

    December 28, 2017

    If two tests say the same thing is the tell maybe. My friend found a half brother with this test that she never knew existed, from her mom’s first marriage that she didn’t know about. My 91 year old uncle found out he was adopted and had brothers and sisters separated during the Depression.

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    Sarah Leonard

    December 28, 2017

    Up to 30% of paternity may be erroneously believed…

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Robert Squires

January 3, 2018

If two tests say the same thing is the tell maybe. My friend found a half brother with this test that she never knew existed, from her mom’s first marriage that she didn’t know about. My 91 year old uncle found out he was adopted and had brothers and sisters separated during the Depression.

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Sarah Leonard

January 3, 2018

Up to 30% of paternity may be erroneously believed…


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