Taking DNA Tests to Find Native American Ancestry

Now that DNA testing companies have succeeded in getting millions of us to swab our cheeks, do we still need to “talk” and “research” about our ancestry? Of course we do. In fact, after having taken DNA tests through both 23andMe and Ancestry.com, I appreciate even more, the research I’ve done through the years. Research and family gossip are valuable, maybe the most valuable information that we have. Don’t discredit oral history that speaks of your Native American ancestry, just because your DNA test shows nothing. As the science progresses and more people share their DNA with the public, who and what classifies as a Native American will change. And don’t think that less than one or two percent of an “ethnicity” is insignificant. It’s not. If your grandmother told you that you have Native American ancestry, don’t give up the faith. DNA science needs more time to evolve. In the meantime, keep asking questions and keep digging.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

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Nazi Germany… a Mother’s Love Transcends Even the Most Horrific Circumstances

During war, people commit crimes against humanity. Some of the crimes are so inhumane, investigators spend their lives tracking down the criminals so that they can bring them to justice. This was particularly the case after World War II and the hunt to trace Nazi war criminals and punish them for their crimes. Every war has its share of men using assault as a weapon. Young men who would never commit such crimes before the war, or after, sometimes become someone else when they’re sleep-deprived, given methamphetamines and preached hate to. Tell that to the judge, jury and executioner. What about a child born of that assault? And the mother? Can she love this child? Can the child flourish? Maria Kostenski was a Polish Jew. A peasant girl. Here is her story…

Herr Boy: http://www.amazon.com//dp/B014XHUT1K