Native American ancestry on GEDmatch
I finally got my DNA results back, and plugged them into GEDmatch. Using the admixture calculators, 16 of them gave me results for Native American. The highest was 1.82%.
This seems pretty consistent with what I expected, just one generation further back, plus a little more from some other source.
4 other results were right around 1.5% or 1.25%
The lowest was .23%. Average was .86%
I also got a lot of Siberian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, and some Oceanian results, which I have read may actually be Native American.
I noticed that all but one of the tests that looked for Native American ancestry but that didn't find any for me was from Eurogenes.
13 of 14 other tests showed Native American ancestry. 3 of 8 Eurogenes tests that looked for Native American ancestry did not show any for me.
I grew up being told that my maternal grandmother had a Cherokee grandmother on her father's side. I discovered that her parents were James and Delhis/Delie Meeks, born around 1820, and I have no records of them before the 1860 census, when they lived in Casey County, Kentucky. Both are listed as White on the census. I also have a James Meeks (possibly someone else) who registered for the Civil War, and I have a record he died in 1869 of pneumonia fever. I have 1860 census and well as 1870 census for Delhis/Delie. 1860 says they were both born in Kentucky, but 1870 says she was born in Ohio. I have no other records for them and have been unable to trace them, either as White or as Native American, prior to them popping up in Casey Co. KY in 1860.
I now suspect that one of them had a Native American parent, rather than one of them being 100% Native American, based on my genetic percentage and the fact that they were able to pass as White in 1860. I have photos of my great-grandfather and one of his brothers. His brother has very dark skin and black hair, and both of them have Native American features, as do I, my mother, my sister, and my grandma did as well. In fact, occasionally Native Americans have asked us what tribe we are in, or just asked about our heritage, and when we say, "A little bit of Cherokee, way back," they always say, "It really shows."
We also have Sinodont incisors, and I have talon cusps on my canines, which are indicators of likely Native American ancestry, though they can mean Asian or Middle Eastern ancestry, respectively.
Between family stories, Native American appearance, and the DNA results, I feel pretty confident that the family story is probably true.
I would like to find some information about false positives and things of that nature. As I mentioned, Siberian, Arctic, Polar, Bering Strait, East Asian, South East Asian, Oceanian, and Middle Eastern all show up in my genetic admixture. I did suspect a small amount of Middle Eastern, because of an ancestor during the Crucades who was named Sarazine, Sarrasine, Saracena de Lezay (1067–1144). She was the wife of Hugh VII of Lusignan, and her origins are unknown, so I suspect she might be Saracen who converted to Christianity. But that is so far back that I doubt it would even show up, and I have no reason to suspect any more recent Middle Eastern genetic ancestor, at least based on the branches of my family tree I have managed to trace so far.
(Also note that there is one weak link in my family tree during colonial America, and I also haven't verified the research on Generations Gone By that goes back beyond that weak link, and that weak link is the bridge to this alleged branch of my family that contained Saracena.)
Thanks so much if you've taken the time to read this, and I really hope someone can point me in the right direction! Maybe if I can be certain that I really probably have a Native American (possibly Cherokee) 4rd great-grandparent, then it will help me find them.
I am not linking this to any individual profile right now because the information is somewhat genetic (Freudian slip! I meant generic).