Who Do You Think You Are?

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Suz, 29 April 2011

What do you do when you find out that you are not fully who you thought you were?

What would you do, think, or feel if that happened to you?

Sometimes our body fluids have a way of telling us something different than what we grew up believing about ourselves.

For instance, I was raised as a white person and have done a pretty good job of passing, though some of my features have indicated that I was not fully white.

I knew that I had a Native American heritage, specifically Cherokee ancestry.

My spit says otherwise.

According to the AncestryDNA test, I am 0% Native American and 0% Caucasian.  The test indicated that I am 97% European and 3% Middle Eastern.

So, I am mixed, but apparently not fully the mix that I thought I was, at least not according to this test. The test also indicates potential error when it comes to Native American ethnicity, as I understand it.  I am still holding onto that Cherokee heritage until I can find absolute proof that I am not part Cherokee.

And, the Middle Eastern bit is an absolute, total surprise!

Are YOU really who you think you are?

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About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 32 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an empty nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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10 Responses to Who Do You Think You Are?

  1. David E. McClendon Sr. says:

    So. Cousin Suz, who are you?

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  2. I was also surprised to find out how many different ancestors I have! I’m still going through all the data.

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    • It can be very time-consuming, can’t it? I spent hours pouring over it the day we got the results. There are two other sites that I learned about where you can upload the Raw DNA file to get even more information. One of the sites will even tell you if your parents were related to each other. Mine were not. 🙂 One of the sites is DNA-Land and the other is GEDmatch. One of the sites does a chromosome painting, which I thought was pretty cool, too. I have already contacted one potential cousin through AncestryDNA. She and I supposedly share Catherine Montgomery Calhoun, who is my 8th great-grandmother. I don’t know what relation she is to this other lady. I am waiting to hear back from her.

      It is amazing how many people it took to ultimately get to us, isn’t it? We really only ever think about our parents making us (and Heavenly Father, of course), but so many people went into our being. It is amazing!

      Yes, I am a genealogy nut. haha

      Have you found out anything surprising, other than the number of ancestors?

      Have a blessed day and a Happy New Year!

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      • I used National Geographic’s Geno2.0. https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com
        It’s all so fascinating! I haven’t had a chance yet to really delve into the research. But I’m looking forward to beginning soon! Happy New Year! 🙂

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        • Cool! I just heard about National Geographic having a DNA test a day or so ago. I love their photography, but never thought about them being into DNA research.

          I agree. It is all so fascinating! I told David it is almost enough to make me want to go into the field of genetics. Then, of course…math, science, etc. I am not a STEM girl at all. Give me the roots and branches, but leave the STEM to someone else. 🙂

          We just got David’s results back today and an answer to a 16-year old question brought up by our daughter’s geneticist. She supposed that David and I have a common ancestor because of our daughter’s connective tissue disorder. According to GEDmatch, we are not related. There were no autosomal nor x-DNA matches big enough to count us as related. But, we had a smidgen of a match on Chromosome 6. It could just be that our common ancestor (if there is one) is further back than the Ancestry test works for. Who knows. For now, “no” is our answer.

          Have fun when you get to delve into your research! Happy New Year to you, too. May it be a year of many fun discoveries. 🙂

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          • That’s good news! At least now you know your aren’t cousins 😀

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          • It’s good news on most levels, but weirdly, I was disappointed. I have spent the last 16 years looking for the connection and now find out there isn’t one. I guess I feel like I wasted time that I could have spent on other parts of the research. It also makes me wonder what else that geneticist may have been wrong about and the effects of that wrongness on their research. If it was based on inaccuracies, how good will it be ultimately?
            But, overall, yes, it is most definitely a good thing. 🙂

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  3. I can understand your disappointment; a lot of time spent. It would also have me wondering about their research.

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    • It also leads me to wonder where the disorder came from. Especially if this is a disorder that indicates a genetic link between the parents. So, if there isn’t a link, then how the disorder? I think this “no” answer has just caused a lot more questions than it has answered.

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