Thursday, June 21, 2007


I once heard of a Lakota Indian who was attempting suicide because he had taken a DNA test hoping to prove a line to Chief Crazy Horse only to find he was related to General George Custer. Some days you can't win.

Take the ups and downs of Ray Bridges -- he was excited to take a test to determine his Indian Ancestor -- no, it was not Tiny Tim -- only to find he had a Haplo of E3a -- Western Africa. (I give credit to Ray for much of the following information.)

Such is the plight of some of the various Nash lines who are coming back E3a. It makes no difference to most, as they knew there was that chance, but to some it was devastating.

One Nash who took a 67 marker test even found out that he was not closely related to the other Nash's shown but carried the African Haplo just the same.

Of course, there are many reasons for taking a DNA test in the first place. 1). to find your ethnicity, 2). to connect family lines, 3). medical reasons, 4). paternity, and perhaps legal reasons.

If you take these tests for the reasons of one or two, you should be steeled against the results that you find should you not like them -- after all, we can't all be royalty, but what difference does it make if you are but African Royalty?

Some folks will immediately fault the test and search around for a test that would make them lighter. They will never retake the test. Lot's of things to consider here, and you really should seek professional advice if you have thin skin. Such is the problem for some of our blue blood founding pioneer families of today.

No I'm not saying they were slave owners who cavorted with their slaves against their will, I'm saying they came that way, were accepted as White way back when or entered into mixed marriages during the migration periods. To say, "no Black or Red in our family" is stupid unless you know for sure.

Why, some White men even carried their wives as slaves because they could not legally marry them, and so what, they all lived in the sticks anyway -- no roads, no phone, no ipods, and no one really cared as long as it was out of sight.

But, the tests are what they are, and they don't lie. If you mix the results of one test with another -- well, garbage in, garbage out! You really need to tell the whole story.

Here are a group of Nash results posted on the web:

Kit 59288 Nash E3a 13 21 16 10 14 17 11 13 11 14 11 31 17 9 9 11 11 25 14 21 36 13 13 15 17
11 10 19 21 14 12 18 15 37 37 12 11 10 8 16 18 8 10 10 8 10 11 12 20 20 16 11 12 13 12 7 12 26 23 17 12 12 12 9 11 11 12

Kit 41245 Nash E3a 13 21 16 10 14 17 11 13 11 14 11 32

Kit 34304 Nash E3a 13 21 16 10 14 17 11 13 11 14 11 32

Now I couldn't tell you who the 67 marker Nash is, he doesn't seem to match the other Nash's, but who ever he was, he spent big bucks doing this DNA test and was pretty thorough in the information he was looking for.

Ask around and see where these folks connect up to -- who knows, you may have found a cousin.

Gary J. Gabehart, Mishiho (Mish-eh-ho)

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