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Why is My Native American Ancestry Not Showing Up? | AncestryDNA

Why is My Native American Ancestry Not Showing Up? | AncestryDNA

The number one questions we get asked about the AncestryDNA test is, “Why is my Native American ancestry not showing up?” Join Crista Cowan for a look at the basics of DNA inheritance. She’ll also talk about some family history basics. Both of these things together will help you answer this question for yourself.


27 thoughts on “Why is My Native American Ancestry Not Showing Up? | AncestryDNA

  1. Shay Cy says:

    I’m upset- Drake

    (my feelings about people claiming their native Americans and from a tribe or clan. If you want to be ‘native’ you should help bring back our language ??‍♀️??‍♀️

  2. 71SgtMom says:

    Having native blood wasn't at all cool until the late 60s. My family "myth" was a g g g grandmother married a Choctaw from New Orleans. It was a huge famikt disgrace and she wzs banished, dying at a very young age. Marrying an Indian was like marrying a negro in the deep south before civil rights. It's not something people claimed lightly.

  3. I’m Cuban American and my AncestryDNA says that I’m 12% Native American .

  4. I'm content with what I was told by my parents…and family elders…the science behind DNA how would they obtain ancestors DNA…makes no sense…because at the end of the day…it's not going benefit or change my history….corporate greed…and once they get this information what they do with it

  5. Darth Bane says:

    50% british and 50% western european………… where is britain? North africa?

  6. lol our family had the exact same myth, lol. a g grandmother who was a Cherokee(full) ended up being half Iberian penisula, instead lol

  7. I tested ~3% and my mom tested the same ~3%
    I wish my grandparents on my mom's side were still alive. This stuff is very interesting, every percent is a piece of who you are and should be cherished. I only wish I knew more about family further back than my great grandparents, but unfortunately nobody knows anything about them it seems. I'd love to see a picture of the native ancestor and know his/her name.

  8. A quarter or and eighth is gonna run out over years but you're not native

  9. Thank you for this lesson! Explained a lot ~ having nothing to do with being or not being Native American.

  10. Most Native American features can't yet be recognized by genetic testing. Forward projecting zygomatic bones of Native Americans and Asians are not the flared or "high" sideways projecting cheek bones of fashion models. Asian and Native American eyelids are a completely different operating system from European or African occidental eyelids. So , a person walking around with a face full of Native American features can't prove anything with genetic testing. Adding to the confusion Native Americans have been accepting Europeans and Africans into their families for 400 years so many Natives don't have the features I'm discussing. It's been known for a while that Native American Y DNA only exist about 1% in the tribes of the lower 48 states and that holds true to about as far south as Columbia an far north as remote Alaska.

  11. Full white and proud!

    Also, North America was composed of thousands of Indigenous ethnicities, not some broad 'American Indian'… which is oversimplified.

    Alaskan natives in the Northwest, down to the Florida indigenous, are obviously not the same race of people. This applies to pretty much everywhere else in other continents. There is no such thing as a broad 'European', or 'African' ethnicity.

    Finns are not the same as Greeks just as Bantus are not the same as Nilotes or Kushites.

  12. Kelli says:

    This is why I wish others in my family would get the DNA test done. It's been said I (And my sister) have Blackfoot and Cherokee- One is from my mother's side, one is from my father's side but I forget which one goes to who. I've been researching our family tree for many years and have never came across a single name that even sounds Native American. According to my own DNA testing – when I click for the stats where the Native American Indian would be located every single area says "No connection". so I'm pretty confident we actually have NO Native American Indian in our bloodline at all.

  13. Through ancestry, I found out that I am 4% Native American. I never really believed any of the stories that my family told to me while growing up. Now that I found out that I do have Native American ancestors, I could really care less.

    Also, as stated in the video, just because you have similar physical features, doesn’t mean you have recent Native American ancestry. Most of my family has caramel colored skin, sharp facial features, dark straight hair and can potentially pass as Natives, but we are just a thorough mix of African black and white Europeans.

    Also, I have talked to a few actual Natives in the past about people claiming tribal ancestry, many really don’t seem to like it.

  14. That makes sense. My great-grams was full blooded Jicarilla Apache. My Dad looked white. I should show that I'm an eighth Apache and it's not showing.

  15. Okie Brown says:

    Being in Oklahoma most people assume you have Native blood. I love the reaction when I say I have not one ounce of Native blood in my family.

  16. But then again, if you have a chance of having no DNA after 5 generations, you should also have a chance of having 30% after the same time. Where are those people. Ancestry, and 23 and me, need to admit they don't have enough data on Native American. My nephew should be around 6%, because his great great grandfather is full blood, but 23 identified none for him and had a pamphlet with this same explanation.

  17. I took a ancestry DNA test. It came out to 76% Native American. My parents were both born in Mexico.

  18. Lol. The people working at 23andMe and Ancestry are just way too nice to say what's really going on: the overwhelming majority of people who claim to have distant Native American ancestry actually, genetically, do not have any indigenous DNA in their genome, and that is often due to "$5 Indians" and/or the novelty of claiming your great-great-great grandmother was BFFs with Pocahontas. This is also true for those in my state of Oklahoma who claim to be 1/164th Tribe X. It's so wild to me that super, translucent white people will call themselves Native despite not being connected to tribal customs apart from that little card and despite being paper white with blonde hair and baby blue eyes. LOL. As the child of a Mexican-American man and a very white caucasian woman, almost 30% of my DNA is of Native American; and pretty much all my NA-DNA is traced to Mexico (likely descendents of the Aztec, Maya, or other indigenous Mexicans). Lol. But, like all gueritos, my mother SWEARS her great grandmother was full or at least half Chickasaw. No, sis. I don't think so. ? I don't have patience for any more baby powder-complected people thinking being 1/472nd Native American makes them a person of color or changes the fact that their genome is 98+% European.

  19. So in other words full brother and sister can be of different ethnicity?? That doesn’t make sense…

  20. My Xwife was 100% Cheyenne and said anyone who had questionable Native heritage all had a Cherokee common ancestor…

  21. J D says:

    I found out today my dad was 25% Native American. He never said a word. We have his grandmother's picture, Her maiden name was Whitehouse. I can remember my dad never sun burned he was always dark skinned. One of the things I remember the most about him when I was a child was how deep red his neck and chest would turn in the summer. I thought it was odd

  22. I am descended from the Kings of Spain, Austria, and France
    My mother was an aristocratic, royalty. I am also a direct descendant of a Chowan, and Cherokee chief Technically I am a Cherokee Princess. Funny as hell.

  23. B G says:

    Do you know how dna testing works? They need reference groups to compare to your dna. Unlike south-america, natives in the usa are almost extinct and most the remaining ones are mixed-race or "fake". So there is no real reference group… .
    As she pointed out, the us culture tend do classify mixed-people as the nowwhite part. Someone with 25% native or black dna will be clasdified as one of these ethnicitys even though beeing predominantly white. There is also a misrepresentation of native americans in pop culture.
    Native Americans have "asian" eyes and are not hairy. Most Middle eastern people do not really resmble them.

  24. I know for a fact that I have an ancestor who was 100% native American, it didn't show up in my done and that makes a lot of sense because it was my 8th great grandmother. She was an Indian chiefs daughter, they lived in the Hudson valley in New York state. I've traced my genealogy back to her husband who was my 7th great grandfather

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