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    Can a female take a DNA test?

    Do my ethnicity estimates tell me what my fathers ancestry is when using these tests?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HBA39 View Post
    Do my ethnicity estimates tell me what my fathers ancestry is when using these tests?
    Yes, females (and males) get half of their dna from their mother and half from their father. That is what is represented in your ethnicity estimate. Whether it’s represented accurately is another thing. That is also represented in your matches. The only thing a female doesn’t receive from her father is his Y haplogroup which is passed down on the Y chromosome from father to son throughout time. Females do not have a Y chromosome. Hope this helps.

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    They report a mixture of ancestry from both parents as each gave you half your autosomal DNA.
    If you are on 23andMe you will also see a maternal haplogroup which is your all-female line but the all-paternal haplogroup will be blank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefanie View Post
    Yes, females (and males) get half of their dna from their mother and half from their father. That is what is represented in your ethnicity estimate. Whether it’s represented accurately is another thing. That is also represented in your matches. The only thing a female doesn’t receive from her father is his Y haplogroup which is passed down on the Y chromosome from father to son throughout time. Females do not have a Y chromosome. Hope this helps.
    Thank you, I thought so. I’m currently arguing with a guy who is convinced that my results do not show me what ethnicity my father may be because I’m female.

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    This thread is an example of what I like about this board. HBA39 asked a straightforward question, Stefanie & MacUalraig responded with straightforward answers. In the future, if an acquaintance has a similar question (quite possible) I can just send them a link to this thread.
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