Re: Percentages of ancestry - my Ashkenazi father seems to be partly of Italian/Greek descent? #dna

Adam Cherson

Dear Sarah Rose Werner,
I'm tying into this thread late, but would like to share an angle that might still be insightful to you. After years of intensive research on the origins of Jewish ethnicity, I have reached the conclusion that what we call Ashkenazi is a compilation of several ethnicities. Your typical ancestry report sees these components and reports them as SE Europe or E Europe or others, but there is more to it than that. I have developed a study method which goes deeper than usual to identify ancient cultures (not only Jewish) which are underneath the Ashkenazi surface. I can apply this method to a single individual or to a paternal/maternal pair. In either case, both sides of the deep ancestry are identifiable, although only in the latter can the results specify which branch donated what. In your instance, since you have a very different paternal/maternal ancestry, the parental attributions from a single-individual study will be almost as clear as if you had DNA from both parental lines. If you are interested I can send you an explanation of how this works.
Adam Cherson

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