Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Family Tree DNA myOrigins Ethnicity Update – No April Foolin’

Family Tree DNA myOrigins Ethnicity Update – No April Foolin’

By now you have probably heard about the new ethnicity percentages that Family Tree DNA just released. It is probably a good thing they did not release them on April 1st!! Some people are pleased, some are upset and most are just confused. 

Roberta Estes of dna-explained.com writes:

The long-anticipated myOrigins update at Family Tree DNA has happened today. Not only are the ethnicity percentages updated, sometimes significantly, but so are the clusters and the user interface.
Furthermore, because of the new clusters and reference populations, the entire data base has been rerun. In essence, this isn’t just an update, but an entirely new version of myOrigins.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Lies and More Lies

Think your DNA results are the final word on whether you have Native American heritage? It's not necessarily true. 
Very important article on Roberta Estes' blog. She writes:
"Jessica Biel’s episode aired on Who Do You Think You Are on Sunday, April 2nd. I wanted to write a follow-up article since I couldn’t reveal Jessica’s Native results before the show aired.
The first family story about Jessica’s Biel line being German proved to be erroneous. In total, Jessica had three family stories she wanted to follow, so the second family legend Jessica set out to research was her Native American heritage.
I was very pleased to see a DNA test involved, but I was dismayed that the impression was left with the viewing audience that the ethnicity results disproved Jessica’s Native heritage. They didn’t."
Cont. here: https://dna-explained.com/2017/04/03/jessica-biel-a-follow-up-dna-native-heritage-and-lies/

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Remembering Joseph Medicine Crow, the Last Crow War Chief

Joseph Medicine Crow, the last war chief of Montana’s Crow tribe, died last year at the age of 102. A noted Native American historian, Medicine Crow was an indelible source of education and a heroic figure of the American west. Herman Viola, the curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, once said “When you meet Joe Medicine Crow, you’re shaking hands with the 19th century.”

Medicine Crow was the last surviving person to hear a first person account of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. His grandmother’s brother, White Man Runs Him, was a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

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