my Burden ancestors all show obvious Amerian Indian features

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I have proven lineage from James Burden of Butler Co Ky via  my grandfather B F Burden born about 1880. He and his children showed obvious American Indian features. How can I prove/disprove this heritage
WikiTree profile: Gabriel Burden
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You could keep tracing back to a few earlier generations until you come up with evidence and you may want to also do some DNA testing to go much further back.

My understanding is that in going back thousands of years, that American Indians and Europeans had a common ancestor in Asia. Some descendants went East and eventually into what is now Alaska and others went West into Europe.

I don't know about mtDNA, but my Y-DNA, R1b shares a lot of elements that are also found in native Americans.

You may want to check out "Deep Ancestry" ...DNA Quest to Decipher Our Distant Past, by Spencer Wells. Pages 99-100 and other sections of the book could be worth reading.
My Burden/Borden family history also says there is Native American in our line. My sister is the only one to have done a DNA kit. It does show though not remarkable a link to having Native American DNA. Unfortunately it doesn’t say from which family. We are told it is paternal. I’ve traced as far back as I can go. And I’m not seeing any evidence except for one listed in my tree as my 7th grandmother as Lady Native American born around 1744.  If anyone else in the Borden/Burden clan has known Native American DNA; please reach out to me

mallredphoto@gmail.com

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You could keep tracing back to a few earlier generations until you come up with evidence and you may want to also do some DNA testing to go much further back.

My understanding is that in going back thousands of years, that American Indians and Europeans had a common ancestor in Asia. Some descendants went East and eventually into what is now Alaska and others went West into Europe.

I don't know about mtDNA, but my Y-DNA, R1b shares a lot of elements that are also found in native Americans.

You may want to check out "Deep Ancestry, Inside the Genographic Project" ...DNA Quest to Decipher Our Distant Past, by Spencer Wells. Pages 99-100 and other sections of the book could be worth reading. 

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
My Burden/Borden family history also says there is Native American in our line. My sister is the only one to have done a DNA kit. It does show though not remarkable a link to having Native American DNA. Unfortunately it doesn’t say from which family. We are told it is paternal. I’ve traced as far back as I can go. And I’m not seeing any evidence except for one listed in my tree as my 7th grandmother as Lady Native American born around 1744.  If anyone else in the Borden/Burden clan has known Native American DNA; please reach out to me

mallredphoto@gmail.com

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