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  • Italian with pop finder showing 97.6% Middle Eastern Jewish

    I am sicilian - My pop finder results were pretty out there...
    97.6% Middle Eastern (Jewish) and the rest African

    Ancestry has me at 74% Italy Greece 24% West Asia (middle East 14%, Caucasus 10%) 1% African which makes sense given my background.

    Gedmatch follows along the same lines. If I play around with different tests there, I can get 5.73% Ashkenazi.

    I can document my family through baptismal records in Sicily to the 1600's and Malta even further back. There are 2 names that show up in my tree in Malta in the 1630's that at one time belonged to those of Jewish ancestry - Borg and Micallef. My family arrived in America in the 1900's. I didn't even speak English until I went to kindergarten. Other than those early Maltese surnames, my family surnames have been Italian.

    GedMatch:

    K13
    North_Atlantic 13.05%
    Baltic 9.06%
    West_Med 21.98%
    West_Asian 11.23%
    East_Med 33.66%
    Red_Sea 6.69%
    South_Asian 1.93%
    East_Asian - * *
    Siberian - * *
    Amerindian 0.14%
    Oceanian - * *
    Northeast_African 1.62%
    Sub-Saharan 0.64%

    Dodecad
    East_European 3.85%
    West_European 16.51%
    Mediterranean 35.60%
    Neo_African 0.70%
    West_Asian 24.13%
    South_Asian 1.09%
    Northeast_Asian - * *
    Southeast_Asian - * *
    East_African 1.73%
    Southwest_Asian 12.15%
    Northwest_African 4.16%
    Palaeo_African 0.08%

    Jtest

    SOUTH_BALTIC 6.58%
    EAST_EURO 1.61%
    NORTH-CENTRAL_EURO 7.02%
    ATLANTIC 7.33%
    WEST_MED 19.38%
    ASHKENAZI 5.73%
    EAST_MED 29.31%
    WEST_ASIAN 8.98%
    MIDDLE_EASTERN 11.95%
    SOUTH_ASIAN 0.72%
    EAST_AFRICAN 1.40%
    EAST_ASIAN -
    SIBERIAN -
    WEST_AFRICAN -


    Any other Sicilians get pegged with this high a Middle Eastern Jewish from pop finder ? I could see 25% due to my middle eastern heritage, the 97.6% really threw me.

    Thanks,
    Al

  • #2
    With the current PF, my Sicilian mother is about 60% ME including Jewish, Druze, Palestinian, Bedouin, and Bedouin South.

    My cousin's husband from Calabria is currently 100% ME, almost all of which shows Jewish.

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    • #3
      Forgot my mother's Mozabite.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the reply.. when I compare my results in gedmatch and Ancestry.. the FTDNA popfinder is meaningless. Sicily and Malta are island nations which were raided and pillaged regularly - for me to be almost 98% anything is ridiculous.

        But I see I'm not the only one.

        Cheers,
        Al

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        • #5
          Yeah, I wouldn't trust that either......have you compared the PF with the new MO? What are the results....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ftdnauser View Post
            ...have you compared the PF with the new MO? What are the results....
            See my post in the Jewish/Southern Italian thread.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vinnie View Post
              See my post in the Jewish/Southern Italian thread.
              Gotcha.......will do

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ftdnauser View Post
                Yeah, I wouldn't trust that either......have you compared the PF with the new MO? What are the results....
                The new results are very different.. and actually make sense.
                Attached Files

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                • #9
                  Too many of us are having the same issue it appears. Put me in that group too.I stopped trying to figure it out cause it’s basically correct with a few twists.Genesis is the latest newbie.I have found some twists in that too.

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