I have not seen a thread on this (sorry if I missed one) and will put it here if that's okay. Some responses may be political and others may not be. I'm interested in any feedback, whether political, personal, informational, amusing or whatever. I think it's pretty fascinating. I did the DNA Ancestry test last year. Most of my close family have not done it - either for privacy reasons or because they just don't seem that interested. For me, it was just kinda general curiosity. I love languages, cultures, and history and wanted to know more about my background, particularly on my maternal grandmother's side - as she was always suspiciously tight-lipped about stuff like that and said she didn't want too much digging in her lifetime. I did match up with my dad, an aunt, a couple first cousins (one of which no one knew about until a couple years ago based upon the DNA testing, which revealed an affair), and many, many second and third cousins. I notice my race/ethnicity results have been updated and revised a couple times and not sure what to make of that. I have some expected results to include England/Nothwestern Europe, Ireland, Sweden & Denmark, Scotland and some others. At the lower end of the list, there is 2% France; 2% Basque; 1% Cameroon, Congo & Western Bantu Peoples; and 1% Southern Italy. The surnames on my maternal grandmother's side seem consistent with some French, but I'm confident there is at least one Native American in my line which is not reflected. I also expected Spain given some of those names but maybe that was the Basque result. I know there were unfortunately slave records posted on a private Facebook group I'm on with extended family, so maybe that explains the 1% African. It may also explain why my grandmother did not want people digging into this stuff while she was alive. I know we have some folks on here with science and/or medical backgrounds. It seems to me like the DNA tests are quite accurate in terms of matching with people who share common ancestors. I even watched "Our Father" recently on Netflix where more than a hundred people learned they had half siblings whose biological father was a fertility doctor using his own sperm. Pretty tragic. But how accurate are these tests in terms of approximating racial/ethnic background? Are they just nonsense or working backwards from people you match with? My understanding is that since they cannot go back in time, they are really comparing DNA samples against populations that live in other countries today? I'm not sure how that all works given migration and other variables. On the political front, I have thought about how many of the White Nationalists/White Supremacists who oppose the mixing of races are "pure" White and how strictly those groups define that - something I've read them argue about. My understanding is that race is largely a social construct but there are genetic markers and health issues which are different. We also have historical notions of a "one drop" rule (at least in the U.S.) and other complications. Perhaps these sorts of discussions are counter-productive and simply re-enforce racial classifications as being more real or tangible. I don't know. But I wonder if White people (or other races/ethnicities for that matter) who harbor animosity against other races/ethnicities/groups or don't think they should be mixed might soften their views if they found out that they themselves are "mixed." Interested in any thoughts anyone has on any of these issues.