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Can 23andMe identify Native American ancestry?

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Currently 23andMe has several features that can reveal genetic evidence of Native American ancestry, although they are not considered a confirmatory test or proof of such ancestry in a legal context.

It is important to note that even if an individual in your family tree was considered to be Native American, your own DNA may not reveal the Native American ancestry because evidence is lost each generation.

Ancestry Composition

The feature tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. Click the zoom control or the ancestry labels to explore your regional results, which may include evidence of DNA from the native peoples of North, Central, and South America. Note that this feature does not specify ancestry from a particular Native American group.

Maternal and Paternal Line

These pages may indicate evidence of Native American ancestry based on your haplogroup assignment.

Currently 23andMe has several features that can reveal genetic evidence of Native American ancestry, although they are not considered a confirmatory test or proof of such ancestry in a legal context.

It is important to note that even if an individual in your family tree was considered to be Native American, your own DNA may not reveal the Native American ancestry because evidence is lost each generation.

Ancestry Composition

The feature tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. Your results may include evidence of DNA from the native peoples of North, Central, and South America. Note that this feature does not currently specify ancestry from a particular Native American group.

Haplogroups

These report may indicate evidence of Native American ancestry based on your maternal or paternal haplogroup assignment.


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