https://www.ancestry.com/dna/en/legal/us/faqHey Buzz, thanks for starting this thread. I have done some research on Ancestry and some in the family have taken the DNA test, not sure if anyone on this thread knows the answer since the question is related to DNA results, rather than the research part. But wondering the following question:
If someone has a black parent (father), and a white parent (mother)....is it possible for their DNA result to come back with only 1% "black"? The other 99% is English/Scottish/ etc. To me, that would be impossible and that her father is not who she thinks it is ??
Does anyone have advice or knowledge to share on this?
DNA in general can vary. It’s not an exact 50/50 split. Does the person in question have siblings? Can their parents be tested as well? How far back have you traced both of those lineages? If the black parent had European DNA enter the gene pool either through biracial marriage (older generations) or through unfortunate means during the slavery period, might mean the European genetics were more dominant instead of the African DNA (this isn’t a sure thing, just a possibility). If you have a black parent who had black parents and then married a white woman who had a kid with that man, I would think that kid would have more than 1% African DNA. There are rare cases when a biracial couple has a completely white looking baby but I don’t know what the genetic make up of those kids are.