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    There's supposed to be Native American in my ancestry. It shows up in percentages under 2% on various admixtures on Gedmatch. I'm told this is noise but it shoes up in several tests and if it's noise why is it always NA noise? I did have a French Canadian ancestor who did have an Abenaki wife and subsequently a French one who is sometimes confused with the Native American wife and sometimes they are given as the same person. This was 8 generations back so the % of Native American would be under 2%.
    How can I verify any of this.

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    Originally posted by cokie View Post
    There's supposed to be Native American in my ancestry. It shows up in percentages under 2% on various admixtures on Gedmatch. I'm told this is noise but it shoes up in several tests and if it's noise why is it always NA noise? I did have a French Canadian ancestor who did have an Abenaki wife and subsequently a French one who is sometimes confused with the Native American wife and sometimes they are given as the same person. This was 8 generations back so the % of Native American would be under 2%.
    How can I verify any of this.
    And did FTDNA also pick up some? Anything show up as Siberian? I suspect that if it is showing up using various estimators there is something there. You might want to check https://dna-explained.com/2012/12/18...try-using-dna/

    There is also an American Indian project here at FTDNA. https://www.familytreedna.com/groups...out/background In looking up links for you I've just found that someone who is in my tree was supposedly Accomack. !! Well, nothing of that is left in my DNA. (I'm the token Euro in a mostly indigenous family)

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      cokie, 8 generations back you had 256 ancestors. On a mathematical basis each one contributed 0.39 percent of your DNA. On a real world DNA basis you have zero DNA from some of those 256 ancestors and more than 0.39 percent from others.

      You can't prove anything from such small amounts of DNA. If you can work out the paper trail then you at least you have the paper trail.

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      • #4
        FTDNA didn't pick up any Native American. I get some Siberian on various Gedmatch admixtures. I think this is from my Ukrainian ancestry.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cokie View Post
          FTDNA didn't pick up any Native American. I get some Siberian on various Gedmatch admixtures. I think this is from my Ukrainian ancestry.
          I think you should read this (sorry, I'd missed it previously)
          https://dna-explained.com/2019/08/29...city-segments/

          key points re your query:

          "Native American ethnicity shows distinctly differently from African and European. Sometimes some segments of DNA that we inherit from Native American ancestors are reported as Asian, specifically Siberian, Northern or Eastern Asian."

          "All small amounts of ethnicity, even at the continental level, under 2-5%, can be noise and might be incorrect. That’s particularly true of trace amounts, 1% or less. However, that’s not always the case – which is why companies provide those small percentages. When hunting ancestors in the distant past, that small amount of ethnicity may be the only clue we have as to where they reside at detectable levels in our genome."

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