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    I think after a certain point it just gets bred out. If you had a Jewish ancestor 12 generations or more ago, do those genes still even exist?

    I don't know about you, but I have yet to meet a white person who didn't have distant indian ancestry.

    I'm not saying being mixed is a good thing, but I think it's foolish to cut someone off from their heritage just because of an extremely distant relation.
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    I don't have time to post it all, but think about it. Now, obviously all our genes come from someone and with recombination it's not exact. Let's pretend that despite how many actual genes we have, we inherit an exact equal amount from each ancestor.
    Genetically you're 100% you.
    50% your parents
    100/2 = 50
    50/2 = 25, 25% your grandparents.
    I think I worked it out to about 30 generations where you don't inherit anything.
    Although going back to 30 generations is difficult and imho - kind of nitpicky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbite View Post
    I don't know about you, but I have yet to meet a white person who didn't have distant indian ancestry.
    I have yet to meet a person who could substantiate their Amerindian ancestor story.

    Interestingly enough, my family has been here for 380 years and there aren't any stories about any exotic ancestors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esther_Helena View Post
    I don't have time to post it all, but think about it. Now, obviously all our genes come from someone and with recombination it's not exact. Let's pretend that despite how many actual genes we have, we inherit an exact equal amount from each ancestor.
    Genetically you're 100% you.
    50% your parents
    100/2 = 50
    50/2 = 25, 25% your grandparents.
    I think I worked it out to about 30 generations where you don't inherit anything.
    Although going back to 30 generations is difficult and imho - kind of nitpicky.
    Personally, I do know that bad genes come to haunt many generations later. This doesn't have much to do with racial stuff, but I had some congenitally missing teeth, which is a genetic condition that was common in the French nobles because of their inbreeding. I think the ancestor was about 12 or 13 generations back, maybe later. There isn't a single person in the family who has it, going back as many generations as there are photographs, but it was hell of a thing to inherit that caused me a load of psychological problems and bad memories and not to mention thousands of dollars in dental bills for my parents to worry about. It is probably something that skips many generations after that once it shows up in a person because that's what it's like with cousin marriages but the genes you inherit from distant ancestors DO matter. That's all I have to say.

    I think that you have a point when you say that after 30 generations, you don't really inherit anything from an ancestor, but with Americans it is more recent than that and I think to be called purely ethnically Germanic, you have to be purely descended from the history of that continent.
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