Every time I look at my DNA composition charts at 23andMe and Ancestry.com, they’ve changed. I’m alright with that, I hope they keep refining them. It’s reassuring to have them find ancestry that you knew was there. They may call it a “trace” quantity but it’s hardly insignificant. Amounts as small as 0.5% or less, are not uncommon.
I’d like to share a quote from a book that I’m reading, “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey,” by Jill Bolte Taylor:
“members of the same human species, you and I share all but 0.01% (1/100th of 1%) of identical genetic sequences. So biologically, as a species, you and I are virtually identical to one another at the level of our genes (99.99%). Looking around at the diversity within our human race, it is obvious that 0.01% accounts for a significant difference in how we look, think, and behave.”
It’s a concept that’s a little bit hard to grasp but if 0.01% is significant to a scientist, it’s significant to a genealogist. Especially this one. Embrace your trace.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family, Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes, Available here:
Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X
Secret Genealogy IV: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105
Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU
Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP
Secret Genealogy VII: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X5F7YP