The Mysterious Appearance of Native American DNA in My DNA

There is Native American DNA in my DNA.  I don’t know which ancestor gave it to me.  Last year for fun I bought an Ancestry DNA test when they were on sale and tested myself.  It was not much of a surprise except, it was lacking.  I didn’t test as 100% European.  It came back 88% Europe and 12% West Asia.  The largest European extraction was, not surprisingly, Italian.  After that was Western Europe.  Following behind that was Caucasus in the Western Asia proportion.  Then I heard that you could upload your Ancestry results into Gedmatch for free and get some more results and all I can say is wow.  The shocking result was the small percentage of Native American DNA showing in the various admixtures of my DNA as American, American Indian, Beringian (the Bering Strait land bridge), Mesoamerican, South American, and Oceanian.

See for yourself in the Punt DNAk10 Admixture from Gedmatch:

Oceanian .60, Beringian 1.54, American Indian .96


Also, here in the Harappa World Admixture:

American .56, Beringian .24

Other various Admixture test results that showed my Native American DNA:

0.83% American Indian – DodecadWorld9

0.80% Meso-American – MDLPk23

0.65% South American Indian –MDLPWorld22

0.27% American Indian – MDLPPlain

Just for fun is the breakdown of my Eurogenes in their k36 admixture which is incredibly more thorough than Ancestry’s test:



Look at that wonderful breakdown!

So does this mean that so-and-so was not so-and-so’s father?  To the best of my knowledge, my first American ancestor got here in 1849 from Germany and he married another German immigrant.   Wash, rinse, and repeat with my other German, Swiss, and Italian immigrants.  My last immigrant ancestor arrived in the 1950s.  It is impossible that this is paternal DNA, if that is 100% Abruzzese Italian right?  Here are some possibilities I have come up with so far to explain this, some of which are very far-fetched:

  1. One of my Chicago ancestors was adopted and nobody researching our genealogy knew about the adoption.
  2. A paternity secret.
  3. I had a French ancestor that took a Native American lady home after visiting the New World.
  4. I have a German Palatinate ancestor that brought a Native American home after spending some time in the New World.  My Schuttler ancestors were known as “dark Germans.”  What does that mean?
  5. In 2013 a mummified boy, frozen over 25,000 years ago in Siberia, was tested and his Eurasian DNA closely matched those of modern Native Americans. 
  6. The scant amount of Scandinavian blood I have boasts Viking blood and a mixture of Native American blood because they brought some back to Scandinavia after visiting Vineland before Columbus.

#5 makes the most sense and it is true!  #1 is a possibility for sure.  I doubt I have a close Native American ancestor, if one at all.  Unless?  I wonder…Afterall, I did end up with ridges on the back of my incisors and have the shovel teeth that are common in Native Americans.  But wasn’t that just a coincidence?  There are just more questions than answers.



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