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Genetic Genealogy

Updated 3-18-2011:

I knew I had European and Berber/Guanche genes on both sides of my family from previous testing my extended family has done. I thought my North African contribution would’ve been a bit bigger though.

Next, I had the raw data from my test analyzed by an expert (Dr. McDonald) just to see if anything was missed. He gave me similar Spanish/North African percentages as FTDNA, but he noticed a small but reliable Native American signature at 0.8%. The original test failed to pick it up because at less than one percent it gets lost in the statistical noise. I asked him how far back would that have to be to show up as 0.8% and he said very far, like 500 years or so.  I’m a little bit TaínoCiboney too.

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Haplogroup I1

I participated in the National Geographic’s Genographic Project and I found out that the DNA gotten from my dad’s side of the family is Haplogroup I1. To quote the great Wikipedia, “I1a is a Y-chromosome haplogroup occurring at greatest frequency in Scandinavia. It displays a very clear frequency gradient, with a peak frequency of approximately 35% among the populations of southern Norway, southwestern Sweden, and Denmark, and rapidly decreasing frequencies toward the edges of the historically Germanic-influenced world.” Needless to say I found this to be rather odd. If you know me, you know that I don’t look particularly Nordic. So I figured I took after my mother’s side of the family… until I got my mitochondrial DNA results, which turned out to be Haplogroup U4 and to quote Oxford Ancestors, “U4 is found today mainly in the east and north of Europe with particularly high concentrations in Scandinavia and the Baltic states.” What the -? It’s the same thing!

Some background information:  Looking at Spanish history it’s not so strange to find out we’re part of Haplogroups I1 and U4 when you think that Spain was occupied, and in some cases permanently settled, by Germanic Tribes such as the Vandals, the Suebi, and the Visigoths, all of which originated in the Baltic area. Hernandez is a Visigothic name so…


Haplogroup E1b1b

I’ve got additional information concerning my own personal blue print. It seems my grandfather (Jose Morales) on my mom’s side was Haplogroup E1b1b (formerly E3b), which associated with the Berbers/Maghreb (Moors) of North Africa. Even though I can’t really be tested for it, since I get my Y chromosome from my dad’s side of the family, my uncle got tested. Speaking of my  dad’s side of the family,  my great grandmother (Dolores Montes de Oca, who was from the Canary Islands) was U6B, another Berber haplogroup.

Ultimately, I am probably a quarter Berber/Guanche on both sides of the family, which explains why I don’t look particularly Scandinavian as both my Y and Mitochondrial DNA suggests.

Medieval Berber and European in the Kingdom of Castile

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Patrick Holland permalink
    November 1, 2012 7:16 am

    Do any of these appear in your family tree.? Francisca Correa married Juan Torres. Her mother was Maria de la Concepcion Hernadez all from Las Palmas Gran Canria.

  2. November 6, 2012 11:58 am

    Sorry, those name don’t appear on my (admittedly limited) family tree.

  3. Joey Hernandez permalink
    May 21, 2014 8:31 am

    My Hernandez line is also from the Canary Islands. Domingo Hernandez, wife Andrea Josepha de la Cruz and sons Antonio, Vicente, Clemento, and Geronimo arrived in Louisiana in 1778 aboard the ship Santisimo- Sacaramento I have yet to find them living on the Islands nor have I traced them back to Spain. But one Day!
    -Joey Hernandez

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