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Spanish Inquisition Left Genetic Legacy in Iberia

December 4, 2008


After reading this article in New Scientist I was amazed that I’ve yet to find any Jewish ancestry in my family tree. For those of you just tuning in, my family, Hernandez Morales, is of Spanish descent. We’ve all had our DNA tested by the National Geographic Genographic Project just for fun and I will say our findings do concur with the findings in the article. We pretty much split evenly between European and North African DNA with Y Haplogroups I1 (Germanic) and E3b (Berber) and Mt Haplogroups U4 (Celtic) and U6 (Berber) as the norms. Again, it’s very odd that I’ve yet to find any Sephardic Jew in my genes…

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