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Should DNA results change my Census choice?

Should DNA results change my Census choice?

Posted: 1357227688000
Classification: Query
Hello All,
I recently got my DNA results and was wondering, if I received a large amount of South European should I then consider the idea that I am Hispanic? It is my third largest category when honestly I didn't expect it at all.
Perhaps I am a romantic but I like to be as accurate as possible for census purposes so I am wondering what percentage I should consider relevant. I'm at about 20%.


Re: Should DNA results change my Census choice?

Posted: 1357262459000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1357262505000
Hi H,

I really wouldn't consider changing my racial/ethnic/census designation based on the results of a Biogeographical Analysis (BGA) and especially NOT based on Ancestry's BGA!
Please read Roberta Estes' blog post: Proving Native Ancestry Using DNA
which explains BGA and other dna testing.
Hope this helps! :)

Re: Should DNA results change my Census choice?

Posted: 1357409948000
Classification: Query
South European? Do you mean South American? The former isn't related to being Hispanic.

I wouldn't worry about the Census. It's once every 10 years anyway. And it's about self-identification. The question is, does the information change your self-identity?

It very well might. But you need to verify it first. Ancestry's ancestry information is notoriously bad. If you test elsewhere and get the same results (or if you take your raw data and plug it into the awesome ancestry tools at, assuming you have raw data), that's step one. Or if you take this and go have a chat with some of your older relatives and find out some family stories, that's step two (or co-step one, your choice).

So go ahead and explore it. With 20% that means you probably have a grandparent who identified as Hispanic or Latin American or Indian. Or a couple of great-grandparents. Unless there is an adoption or non-paternal event in your past, this is information someone in the family may know. Or things you can discover with documents.

So how does it change your view of yourself and your family? That's what matters.

Have fun with it and don't worry about what to say on government forms.


Re: Should DNA results change my Census choice?

Posted: 1357411976000
Classification: Query
If you received a high portion of Southern European you're looking at Italy, Spain, and Portugual. Native North and Native South American are the designations used in AncestryDNA for Hispanic populations.
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