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    Here the long-awaited results. Pretty much as expected, with no major surprises. About 2/3rds Black, 1/4 White, 1/12th Asian. The only unexpected things are in my Asian ancestry. Apparently, contrary to what I have been told, I have no South Asian ancestry. Also, of my East Asian ancestry, half appears to be Southeast Asian, rather...
  • Do they always clump British and Irish together? Can they separate that? My folks are from the West Coast of Ireland. I would be about 99.99 percent “British and Irish.” Duh.

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  • @attilathehen
    He didn't need the test. He looks and knows he's black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.

    He didn’t need the test. He looks and knows he’s black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.

    OTOH, I hear 23&Me likes to report POC heritage when there is none just to mess with people…

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  • Notwithstanding small allowances for possible mixed-race pairings in your ancestry prior to roughly the Napoleonic era, and for consanguinity, the most parsimonious explanation would seem to be that of your 128 great-great-great-great-great grandparents, visibly 88 were African black, 30 NW European, 5 SE Asian and 5 Chinese.

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  • @Jim Christian
    https://squawker.org/culture-wars/dna-testing-companies-like-23andme-admit-adding-fake-african-ancestry-to-white-profiles-in-order-to-screw-with-racists/

    Which racists ,Blacks or Latinos

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  • I seriously doubt these tests are in any way accurate.

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  • Just a tidbit to add. My daughter sent saliva samples to both 23&me and Ancestry.com. The results, surprisingly, at least to me, where within .7% of each other.

    In addition, 23&me correctly suggested/identified many relatives out to third cousins.

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  • My test came back showing 99.7% Scotch/Irish . My family has been in America since the mid 1800′s and we were told by my Grandmothers when questioning them about our ethnic heritage that we were German and American Indian . We grew up eating scrumptious German cooking . We were also warned when inquiring about our ancestors to beware because we might find out some things we did not want to know . I am not really sure I trust the modern technologies but I do see the application in the end times scenario ie: Revelations 9

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  • @Almost Missouri
    Hmm ... I thought you pretty much have to get half from each parent, and that it is the grandparents' genomes that can--and do--vary considerably.

    I mean, you get one half of each pair of 23 chromosomes from each parent, so each parent ought always to be 50% of your genome. But since your parents do not necessarily give you 50% of each of their parents' genome--indeed, since 23 is not evenly divisible by 4, they cannot give you 50% of each of their parents' genomes--you can end up with wildly disproportionate share any of your grandparents' genomes.

    Perhaps unconscious awareness of this has something to do with why grandparents can sometimes take wildly disproportionate interests in different grandchildren.

    Yup, you’re 50% related to each parent, but not 25% related to each grandparent (and not 12.5% related to each great grandparent and so on). Just the same, you’re not 50% related to each sibling.

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  • @Jim Christian
    https://squawker.org/culture-wars/dna-testing-companies-like-23andme-admit-adding-fake-african-ancestry-to-white-profiles-in-order-to-screw-with-racists/

    So in this case they went a bit overboard?

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  • @RadicalCenter
    Interesting, thank you.

    Realizing, of course, that her grandfather easily could have been much less than half Kalmyk or much more than half. As you probably know, we don’t necessarily inherit such predictable percentages of genes “proportionately” from each race or ethnicity.

    For example, my Mom’s genetic tests reported that she is more than 10% “Middle Eastern” (Arab / Sephardic Jew) and several percent Ashkenazi (aka “european Jewish”). But my tests showed 0-1% Middle Eastern and only 1% Ashkenazi Jewish. I apparently inherited a “disproportionately” high share of her Italian genes and almost none of her non-Italian genes.

    Hmm … I thought you pretty much have to get half from each parent, and that it is the grandparents’ genomes that can–and do–vary considerably.

    I mean, you get one half of each pair of 23 chromosomes from each parent, so each parent ought always to be 50% of your genome. But since your parents do not necessarily give you 50% of each of their parents’ genome–indeed, since 23 is not evenly divisible by 4, they cannot give you 50% of each of their parents’ genomes–you can end up with wildly disproportionate share any of your grandparents’ genomes.

    Perhaps unconscious awareness of this has something to do with why grandparents can sometimes take wildly disproportionate interests in different grandchildren.

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    Yup, you're 50% related to each parent, but not 25% related to each grandparent (and not 12.5% related to each great grandparent and so on). Just the same, you're not 50% related to each sibling.
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  • @AP
    My wife is 1/8 Kalmyk, and the Asian features are obvious (all non-Asians ancestors have been blonde blue-eyed ethnic Poles or ethnic Russians, she has dark eyes and thick straight black "Asian" hair like her 1/4 Kalmyk father and his 1/2 Kalmyk farther), yet 23andme has her as 99.8% European, .2% Mongolian. 23andme probably considers Kalmyks and other obscure Eurasian peoples as Eastern European.

    Interesting, thank you.

    Realizing, of course, that her grandfather easily could have been much less than half Kalmyk or much more than half. As you probably know, we don’t necessarily inherit such predictable percentages of genes “proportionately” from each race or ethnicity.

    For example, my Mom’s genetic tests reported that she is more than 10% “Middle Eastern” (Arab / Sephardic Jew) and several percent Ashkenazi (aka “european Jewish”). But my tests showed 0-1% Middle Eastern and only 1% Ashkenazi Jewish. I apparently inherited a “disproportionately” high share of her Italian genes and almost none of her non-Italian genes.

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    Hmm ... I thought you pretty much have to get half from each parent, and that it is the grandparents' genomes that can--and do--vary considerably.

    I mean, you get one half of each pair of 23 chromosomes from each parent, so each parent ought always to be 50% of your genome. But since your parents do not necessarily give you 50% of each of their parents' genome--indeed, since 23 is not evenly divisible by 4, they cannot give you 50% of each of their parents' genomes--you can end up with wildly disproportionate share any of your grandparents' genomes.

    Perhaps unconscious awareness of this has something to do with why grandparents can sometimes take wildly disproportionate interests in different grandchildren.
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  • @Dutch Boy
    The only anomaly I found in my 23&me results was that I was 25% British/Irish (my Dutch and Norwegian ancestors would be surprised). The only thing I could figure was that I had some of my British/Irish wife's spit in my mouth when I took the sample.

    Um, no, dude, the explanation is simply that you’re British and Irish.
    Swish with water and take another saliva test, and then you’ll have to admit it ;)

    From genetic tests, I was likewise surprised that this I likely have a little bit of British genes (5%) and 10% Scandinavian.

    Well, guess I’m just your “typical” Italian/Slavic/Swedish/Caucasian/English all-American White mutt ;)

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  • @attilathehen
    He didn't need the test. He looks and knows he's black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.

    I’ve never had the fortune to see a full photo of Jayman let alone meet him but the limited pictures of his arm and children gave me the impression he was mixed race with some black ancestry. Of the West Indians I’ve got to know I think all those who – to me – looked entirely West African had significant admixture, particularly South Indian. I’d never have guessed before seeing family photos.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    I think 23andme is confused by DICh (Dagestan/Ingushetia/Chechnya) and classifies them as a strange Balkan/Middle Eastern/Broad Southern European melange.

    For instance, me (I'm 1/4 Lak, that's Dagestan).

    Which OTOH is pretty strange, since contrary to my expectations, I recall Razib Khan telling me in a conversation that there is a lot of population genetics data from North Caucasians.

    My wife is 1/8 Kalmyk, and the Asian features are obvious (all non-Asians ancestors have been blonde blue-eyed ethnic Poles or ethnic Russians, she has dark eyes and thick straight black “Asian” hair like her 1/4 Kalmyk father and his 1/2 Kalmyk farther), yet 23andme has her as 99.8% European, .2% Mongolian. 23andme probably considers Kalmyks and other obscure Eurasian peoples as Eastern European.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Interesting, thank you.

    Realizing, of course, that her grandfather easily could have been much less than half Kalmyk or much more than half. As you probably know, we don’t necessarily inherit such predictable percentages of genes “proportionately” from each race or ethnicity.

    For example, my Mom’s genetic tests reported that she is more than 10% “Middle Eastern” (Arab / Sephardic Jew) and several percent Ashkenazi (aka “european Jewish”). But my tests showed 0-1% Middle Eastern and only 1% Ashkenazi Jewish. I apparently inherited a “disproportionately” high share of her Italian genes and almost none of her non-Italian genes.
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  • The only anomaly I found in my 23&me results was that I was 25% British/Irish (my Dutch and Norwegian ancestors would be surprised). The only thing I could figure was that I had some of my British/Irish wife’s spit in my mouth when I took the sample.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Um, no, dude, the explanation is simply that you’re British and Irish.
    Swish with water and take another saliva test, and then you’ll have to admit it ;)

    From genetic tests, I was likewise surprised that this I likely have a little bit of British genes (5%) and 10% Scandinavian.

    Well, guess I’m just your “typical” Italian/Slavic/Swedish/Caucasian/English all-American White mutt ;)
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  • @Jay Ritchie
    Many thanks for that - I had wondered if you would do a 23andme test!

    Never thank an exhibitionist. They don’t need the encouragement.

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  • @attilathehen
    He didn't need the test. He looks and knows he's black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.

    23andMe gives more than just ancestry (e.g. health prognosis), which might be useful too.

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  • @attilathehen
    He didn't need the test. He looks and knows he's black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.

    Aren’t you Middle Eastern? Middle Easterners have black ancestry.

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  • @Jay Ritchie
    Many thanks for that - I had wondered if you would do a 23andme test!

    He didn’t need the test. He looks and knows he’s black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.

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    Aren't you Middle Eastern? Middle Easterners have black ancestry.
    , @Alliumnsk
    23andMe gives more than just ancestry (e.g. health prognosis), which might be useful too.
    , @Jay Ritchie
    I've never had the fortune to see a full photo of Jayman let alone meet him but the limited pictures of his arm and children gave me the impression he was mixed race with some black ancestry. Of the West Indians I've got to know I think all those who - to me - looked entirely West African had significant admixture, particularly South Indian. I'd never have guessed before seeing family photos.
    , @GourmetDan

    He didn’t need the test. He looks and knows he’s black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.
     
    OTOH, I hear 23&Me likes to report POC heritage when there is none just to mess with people...
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  • Thanks for sharing your results. I’ve thought about doing one of the tests, but they’ve had some problem with accuracy, I’ve heard. This involved inconsistent results with different groups of identical triplets. When they get those issues addressed, I might take a test.

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  • JayMan needs to make sure his children marry Latinos to tick off all the boxes and become a progenitor of the coming cosmic race.

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  • @RadicalCenter
    Politics aside, I find this stuff interesting and appreciate you publishing such personal information.

    My 23andme and ancestry.com confirmed some of what we expected, but there were certainly surprises. Came back with appreciable Scandinavian and English genes, which was totally unexpected.

    Also came back with some Caucasus genes, which that particular company says appear in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. My best friend now jokes that my "Chechen heritage" accounts for my occasionally less-than-placid personality (even though the company doesn't mention Chechnya, Dagestan, or Ingushetia as part of its "Caucasus" grouping ;)

    I think 23andme is confused by DICh (Dagestan/Ingushetia/Chechnya) and classifies them as a strange Balkan/Middle Eastern/Broad Southern European melange.

    For instance, me (I’m 1/4 Lak, that’s Dagestan).

    Which OTOH is pretty strange, since contrary to my expectations, I recall Razib Khan telling me in a conversation that there is a lot of population genetics data from North Caucasians.

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    My wife is 1/8 Kalmyk, and the Asian features are obvious (all non-Asians ancestors have been blonde blue-eyed ethnic Poles or ethnic Russians, she has dark eyes and thick straight black "Asian" hair like her 1/4 Kalmyk father and his 1/2 Kalmyk farther), yet 23andme has her as 99.8% European, .2% Mongolian. 23andme probably considers Kalmyks and other obscure Eurasian peoples as Eastern European.
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  • Good stuff! Very interesting…..

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  • Many thanks for that – I had wondered if you would do a 23andme test!

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    He didn't need the test. He looks and knows he's black. He might have thought the results would be all white. Wishful thinking and a waste of money.
    , @Henry's Cat
    Never thank an exhibitionist. They don't need the encouragement.
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  • Politics aside, I find this stuff interesting and appreciate you publishing such personal information.

    My 23andme and ancestry.com confirmed some of what we expected, but there were certainly surprises. Came back with appreciable Scandinavian and English genes, which was totally unexpected.

    Also came back with some Caucasus genes, which that particular company says appear in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. My best friend now jokes that my “Chechen heritage” accounts for my occasionally less-than-placid personality (even though the company doesn’t mention Chechnya, Dagestan, or Ingushetia as part of its “Caucasus” grouping ;)

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    I think 23andme is confused by DICh (Dagestan/Ingushetia/Chechnya) and classifies them as a strange Balkan/Middle Eastern/Broad Southern European melange.

    For instance, me (I'm 1/4 Lak, that's Dagestan).

    Which OTOH is pretty strange, since contrary to my expectations, I recall Razib Khan telling me in a conversation that there is a lot of population genetics data from North Caucasians.
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  • There are some theories floating around on the internets as to whether I am a bagel or even "a Turk of sorts and probably a muzzie actually." Now that I have finally become who I am, it is time to reveal who I am. Actually I was always an open book on this matter, but...
  • A new media craze. As I said all those percentages are money-making para- or pseudo-scientific fraud schemes, waste of your money. You cannot be “X% of somebody” unless you know it for sure for yourself (multiple-of-2 fractions like “3/4 borscht, 1/4 kebab” is OK by me, but you knew it long before any tests).

    http://генофонд.рф/?page_id=24315

    http://генофонд.рф/?page_id=24322

    http://генофонд.рф/?page_id=24326

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    I said primarily due to superior average IQ.

    There also seems to be some kind of "Mediterranean factor" at play - apart from Jews, Greek Americans and Christian Arab Americans also have far more in the Forbes 400 than their demographics + IQ would indicate.

    A few years ago I speculated that is because those areas have had a couple millennias' worth more experience of urban life than Germanics, and are more adept at wheeling-dealing their way into riches.

    I have an idea that Jewish success in all spheres including business comes down to three big factors: high intelligence, mania for achievement, and hyper-curiosity.

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  • @Zenarchy
    Thanks man, excellent reply.

    Good for you to be cool and not anti-Serb, being a Croat from Hercegovina. But you still didn't give me your personal opinion regarding physical characteristics.

    I'd like to see skull measurements, but if you say these features come from native Balkan people (I2a??), I have to believe you for now as evidence points to your claims being true.
    Interestingly, almost all of the Serbs I know that have that appearance, are very bellicose, even more than other Balkan peoples, famous for not being fans of non-violence.

    “Good for you to be cool and not anti-Serb, being a Croat from Hercegovina. But you still didn’t give me your personal opinion regarding physical characteristics.”

    There’s no point in being reflexively anti-Serb as the Serbian problem in Croatia no longer exists, except for a couple of shitheads on both sides seeking to keep themselves employed/in the public spotlight.

    As for physical characteristics, the Balkans have seen so many people pass through here and settle here, so certain odd appearances do pop up. Recall also that significant waves of assimilation have happened here over and over and over again. The Principality of Serbia (and later Kingdom) during the mid-19th century passed a law declaring that anyone who lived in Serbia for at least 10 years was automatically declared a Serb and would have to adopt a Serbian name and surname. This had the effect of rapidly assimilating many minorities of the time, particularly Cincars/Aroumanians, Greeks, Armenians, Vlachs, Bulgars, and yes, gypsies. Any settlement from Asia Minor/Anatolia in that smaller part of Serbia was mainly up in Belgrade and consisted of Greek and Armenian merchants and traders.

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  • @Mark Eugenikos
    Thanks for the detailed info. Now I feel like I want to send my sample to 23andme and figure out at least part of the family history, beyond about 250 years for which we have the records.

    Here is my result -

    I tested around two years ago and will be doing a Y-67 at FTNDA soon to get a deeper read on my paternal line, which is J-M241 (aka J2B2*) which is Balkan as fuck and has its highest frequencies in Aroumanian (Cincar) people of Southern Albania and the Greek Pindus Mountains that form the border between Epirus and Thessaly, and among Albanians, particularly the Hoti Tribe of Montenegro along their border with Albania.

    A friend of mine from my county in Hercegovina and who is from the same parish as I am (7 villages away), tested J-M241 as well and he did his Y-67. He and I aren’t related (unless we go back a good distance, is my gut feeling) and this clade isn’t all that common. What he found is that his most recent common ancestor with any Albanians who have this clade is well over 2,000 years old, and the closest Serb to him genetically (who coincidentally is from Glamoc, right next door to us, just on the other side of the mountain) shares a most common recent ancestor dating back 3,900 years.

    I am working under the assumption that he and I will have a much, much closer date for the simple reason that is paternal line comes from further south in Hercegovina, just like my paternal line (who made a couple of stops in Dalmatia along the way).

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  • @Zenarchy
    Hi, Mark.

    I'm guessing about 10 percent Serbs I know personally here in Slovenia look a bit different than other Southern Slavs I know (which are many), but I can't post any of their photos for obvious reasons. I only know about 10 famous Serbs, though, and the closest to what I had in mind would likely be the rapper from post. 39 in this thread...
    Different, but still somehow more Serbian than say Croatian would be Vlade Divac - photo in the post No. 10 in this thread.

    As I said, those could simply be elements of Balkan genetics that are very rare and didn't spread towards NW parts of the Balkan... And quite possibly, these 2 might not look foreign in Macedonia or Bulgaria as those are the Balkan nationalities I know the least (numerically at least).

    p.s. We sometimes joke about Balkan jaws here in Slovenia (well, not me really). Compared to Slovenes or Poles, Czechs etc, it does seem there's some stronger chewing power there (Is sheep meat difficult to chew? :)

    Thanks for the examples.

    To me, Divac’s face looks more Gypsy than anything else, although his size would be extremely unusual for a Gypsy, as they tend to be on a small side. I agree that his phenotype is unusual for Serbs.

    Regarding the rapper, I can see why he looks Central Asian to you. Disregarding the beard, his combination of a long nose and small, shallow-set eyes makes him look Central Asian. Again, not a typical Serbian phenotype, in my experience.

    From my observations of the Serbs and other West Balkan peoples, it’s relatively common to find people with big brows and deep-set eyes, which make some look more Neanderthal. That’s the one thing that, to my eyes, makes Serbs visibly different from Russians. Russians often have shallow eye sockets, to the point that some look like blond Chinese.

    Also comparing Southern Slavs (Balkans) to the Northern Slavs (Czechs, Poles, etc.), to me the southerners’ faces seem more angular, while the northerners’ look softer and more rounded. Which would work in favor of northern women and of southern men. Just my opinion, though.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    I said primarily due to superior average IQ.

    There also seems to be some kind of "Mediterranean factor" at play - apart from Jews, Greek Americans and Christian Arab Americans also have far more in the Forbes 400 than their demographics + IQ would indicate.

    A few years ago I speculated that is because those areas have had a couple millennias' worth more experience of urban life than Germanics, and are more adept at wheeling-dealing their way into riches.

    Clannish people do well in business. In Europe, the South has remained more clannish, more similar to Semites in some ways. That’s probably the explanation for Greeks doing well.
    Even in India, the most clannish trader castes are much richer than the national average. Although, every population with a long history of trading does usually well financially.

    Of course, if you add Ashkenazi IQ and nepotism in the mix, it’s a win-win combination. Slavs or Germans don’t capitalize on their IQs too well (especially Slavs historically).

    The opposite extreme from Jews would be Albanians and Chechens – strong clannishness, but combined with low IQs and sheep tending instead of trade – resulting in blood feuds and poverty.

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  • @Zenarchy
    Similar combinations like yours are found among Balkan Slavs, though only Slovenes and NW Croats are predominantly R1A Slavs. The non-Slavic part in Balkan Slavs is at least partially a result of Middle-Eastern migrations (and Turkish rape, cough*Serbs*cough: http://www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/2nd+Annual+Celebrity+Poker+Challenge+Benefiting+9RDlYOAnwOnl.jpg).

    We should, however, not forget that we all probably have some illegitimate ancestry as well. In my case, my father is so dark, that with his pure Slavic ancestry, I'm willing to bet the nearby Roma settlement had something to do with it... (Before you scoff, Roma's ancestors were among the most developed in the world some 5.000 years ago when Slavs' achievements consisted of milking cows and burying chariots.)

    When judging the exoticism of some individual from some other ethnic group, it’s helpful to ask somebody from said ethnic group. In this case, Divac might look unusual for a Serb to a foreigner, but perhaps not to another Serb.

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  • @Heyhey
    You're being very naive if you believe a superior IQ was enough, while dismissing quite banal facts of ethnic nepotism and entryism.

    Jews of North African descent, whose measured IQs are closer to average, still enjoy disproportionate economic footprint and influence in France. On the other hand, you can find sub-groups with high measured IQs in the US, like Episcopalians, whose economic dominance or political primacy barely register.

    I said primarily due to superior average IQ.

    There also seems to be some kind of “Mediterranean factor” at play – apart from Jews, Greek Americans and Christian Arab Americans also have far more in the Forbes 400 than their demographics + IQ would indicate.

    A few years ago I speculated that is because those areas have had a couple millennias’ worth more experience of urban life than Germanics, and are more adept at wheeling-dealing their way into riches.

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    Clannish people do well in business. In Europe, the South has remained more clannish, more similar to Semites in some ways. That's probably the explanation for Greeks doing well.
    Even in India, the most clannish trader castes are much richer than the national average. Although, every population with a long history of trading does usually well financially.

    Of course, if you add Ashkenazi IQ and nepotism in the mix, it's a win-win combination. Slavs or Germans don't capitalize on their IQs too well (especially Slavs historically).

    The opposite extreme from Jews would be Albanians and Chechens - strong clannishness, but combined with low IQs and sheep tending instead of trade - resulting in blood feuds and poverty.
    , @anonymous34
    I have an idea that Jewish success in all spheres including business comes down to three big factors: high intelligence, mania for achievement, and hyper-curiosity.
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  • @Greasy William

    In my experience, Russian-American Jews (“Sovok Jews”) tend to be very anti-Russian; my impressions don’t sync with yours.
     
    Are we talking about Soviet Jews or old stock American Jews of Russian Jewish decent? Secular American Jews of "Russian" (really Lithuanian, Latvian, Belarussian and Ukrainian) decent are usually moderately anti Russian while being proud of their (non-existent) Russian ancestry. Similar to how Haitians like to brag about their non-existant white blood despite the fact that they hate white people.

    Religious American Jews, actually religious Jews period, tend to get offended whenever it is suggested they have any non Jewish descent.

    Soviet Jews in the US are usually big time Russophiles so I don't know what you are talking about there. Even in Israel you have some Russophilic Soviet Jews like Lieberman and Sharansky and their type used to be the norm before the Russian Jews assimilated into Israeli culture and adopted the traditional Jewish Russophobia.

    Also, are you admitting that you have never said anything positive about Muslims?

    Most Soviet Jews are anti-Russian. I’m not representative.

    Historically most minorities assimilated into majority populations. How does a group become an exception to that rule, how does it stay coherent as a minority for many centuries? By disliking the majority. There are other examples: Gypsies, Armenians to some extent. I’m curious about the Hakka in China because they seem to have gone in some of the same directions as Jews, completely independently. It’s possible that any complex society would have that sort of a niche. Nature abhors a vacuum and tends to fill niches.

    If you randomly take a thousand minority groups, some of them will be more ethno-nationalist than others. It’s the kind of trait for which you’d expect to see some natural variation.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    I understand and accept that Jewish economic success is primarily due to their superior average IQ, as opposed to ZOG or whatever. This along makes me far more philo-Semitic than most Russian (and European) nationalists, and even quite a few Leftists.

    I don't go on about Anglo-Zionists, like one columnist on this website. In general, I do not care for Israel (or Palestine) one way or the other.

    I praised Russian-American Jews for supporting Trumps.

    In my experience, Russian-American Jews ("Sovok Jews") tend to be very anti-Russian; my impressions don't sync with yours.

    You’re being very naive if you believe a superior IQ was enough, while dismissing quite banal facts of ethnic nepotism and entryism.

    Jews of North African descent, whose measured IQs are closer to average, still enjoy disproportionate economic footprint and influence in France. On the other hand, you can find sub-groups with high measured IQs in the US, like Episcopalians, whose economic dominance or political primacy barely register.

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    I said primarily due to superior average IQ.

    There also seems to be some kind of "Mediterranean factor" at play - apart from Jews, Greek Americans and Christian Arab Americans also have far more in the Forbes 400 than their demographics + IQ would indicate.

    A few years ago I speculated that is because those areas have had a couple millennias' worth more experience of urban life than Germanics, and are more adept at wheeling-dealing their way into riches.
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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    I understand and accept that Jewish economic success is primarily due to their superior average IQ, as opposed to ZOG or whatever. This along makes me far more philo-Semitic than most Russian (and European) nationalists, and even quite a few Leftists.

    I don't go on about Anglo-Zionists, like one columnist on this website. In general, I do not care for Israel (or Palestine) one way or the other.

    I praised Russian-American Jews for supporting Trumps.

    In my experience, Russian-American Jews ("Sovok Jews") tend to be very anti-Russian; my impressions don't sync with yours.

    In my experience, Russian-American Jews (“Sovok Jews”) tend to be very anti-Russian; my impressions don’t sync with yours.

    Are we talking about Soviet Jews or old stock American Jews of Russian Jewish decent? Secular American Jews of “Russian” (really Lithuanian, Latvian, Belarussian and Ukrainian) decent are usually moderately anti Russian while being proud of their (non-existent) Russian ancestry. Similar to how Haitians like to brag about their non-existant white blood despite the fact that they hate white people.

    Religious American Jews, actually religious Jews period, tend to get offended whenever it is suggested they have any non Jewish descent.

    Soviet Jews in the US are usually big time Russophiles so I don’t know what you are talking about there. Even in Israel you have some Russophilic Soviet Jews like Lieberman and Sharansky and their type used to be the norm before the Russian Jews assimilated into Israeli culture and adopted the traditional Jewish Russophobia.

    Also, are you admitting that you have never said anything positive about Muslims?

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    Most Soviet Jews are anti-Russian. I'm not representative.

    Historically most minorities assimilated into majority populations. How does a group become an exception to that rule, how does it stay coherent as a minority for many centuries? By disliking the majority. There are other examples: Gypsies, Armenians to some extent. I'm curious about the Hakka in China because they seem to have gone in some of the same directions as Jews, completely independently. It's possible that any complex society would have that sort of a niche. Nature abhors a vacuum and tends to fill niches.

    If you randomly take a thousand minority groups, some of them will be more ethno-nationalist than others. It's the kind of trait for which you'd expect to see some natural variation.
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  • @Greasy William

    There are some theories floating around on the internets as to whether I am a bagel or even “a Turk of sorts and probably a muzzie actually.”
     
    Despite the fact that you have never had anything even remotely positive to say about either of those groups?

    I don't know if there any any Jews left in Russia, but American Jews of Russian Jewish descent love to brag that they are "Russian". My own mother is big on that. This is despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of pre WWI Russian Jews never set foot in Russia proper and by all accounts disliked Russians and Russian culture, although not as much as they disliked Ukrainians and Poles.

    Secular American Jews get angry if you say they aren't Russian, religious American Jews get angry if you say they *are* Russian.

    I've never had any genetic testing done because I really just don't want to know what I really am.

    I understand and accept that Jewish economic success is primarily due to their superior average IQ, as opposed to ZOG or whatever. This along makes me far more philo-Semitic than most Russian (and European) nationalists, and even quite a few Leftists.

    I don’t go on about Anglo-Zionists, like one columnist on this website. In general, I do not care for Israel (or Palestine) one way or the other.

    I praised Russian-American Jews for supporting Trumps.

    In my experience, Russian-American Jews (“Sovok Jews”) tend to be very anti-Russian; my impressions don’t sync with yours.

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    In my experience, Russian-American Jews (“Sovok Jews”) tend to be very anti-Russian; my impressions don’t sync with yours.
     
    Are we talking about Soviet Jews or old stock American Jews of Russian Jewish decent? Secular American Jews of "Russian" (really Lithuanian, Latvian, Belarussian and Ukrainian) decent are usually moderately anti Russian while being proud of their (non-existent) Russian ancestry. Similar to how Haitians like to brag about their non-existant white blood despite the fact that they hate white people.

    Religious American Jews, actually religious Jews period, tend to get offended whenever it is suggested they have any non Jewish descent.

    Soviet Jews in the US are usually big time Russophiles so I don't know what you are talking about there. Even in Israel you have some Russophilic Soviet Jews like Lieberman and Sharansky and their type used to be the norm before the Russian Jews assimilated into Israeli culture and adopted the traditional Jewish Russophobia.

    Also, are you admitting that you have never said anything positive about Muslims?
    , @Heyhey
    You're being very naive if you believe a superior IQ was enough, while dismissing quite banal facts of ethnic nepotism and entryism.

    Jews of North African descent, whose measured IQs are closer to average, still enjoy disproportionate economic footprint and influence in France. On the other hand, you can find sub-groups with high measured IQs in the US, like Episcopalians, whose economic dominance or political primacy barely register.
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  • @Mark Eugenikos

    almost all of the Serbs I know that have that appearance
     
    Can you be a bit more specific about "that appearance"? I am curious to know what appearance you have in mind. Were you referring to different cheekbnes, Central Asian? Or something else? Best if you could provide several known people (athletes, musicians, etc.) as examples.

    Hi, Mark.

    I’m guessing about 10 percent Serbs I know personally here in Slovenia look a bit different than other Southern Slavs I know (which are many), but I can’t post any of their photos for obvious reasons. I only know about 10 famous Serbs, though, and the closest to what I had in mind would likely be the rapper from post. 39 in this thread…
    Different, but still somehow more Serbian than say Croatian would be Vlade Divac – photo in the post No. 10 in this thread.

    As I said, those could simply be elements of Balkan genetics that are very rare and didn’t spread towards NW parts of the Balkan… And quite possibly, these 2 might not look foreign in Macedonia or Bulgaria as those are the Balkan nationalities I know the least (numerically at least).

    p.s. We sometimes joke about Balkan jaws here in Slovenia (well, not me really). Compared to Slovenes or Poles, Czechs etc, it does seem there’s some stronger chewing power there (Is sheep meat difficult to chew? :)

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    Thanks for the examples.

    To me, Divac's face looks more Gypsy than anything else, although his size would be extremely unusual for a Gypsy, as they tend to be on a small side. I agree that his phenotype is unusual for Serbs.

    Regarding the rapper, I can see why he looks Central Asian to you. Disregarding the beard, his combination of a long nose and small, shallow-set eyes makes him look Central Asian. Again, not a typical Serbian phenotype, in my experience.

    From my observations of the Serbs and other West Balkan peoples, it's relatively common to find people with big brows and deep-set eyes, which make some look more Neanderthal. That's the one thing that, to my eyes, makes Serbs visibly different from Russians. Russians often have shallow eye sockets, to the point that some look like blond Chinese.

    Also comparing Southern Slavs (Balkans) to the Northern Slavs (Czechs, Poles, etc.), to me the southerners' faces seem more angular, while the northerners' look softer and more rounded. Which would work in favor of northern women and of southern men. Just my opinion, though.
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  • There are some theories floating around on the internets as to whether I am a bagel or even “a Turk of sorts and probably a muzzie actually.”

    Despite the fact that you have never had anything even remotely positive to say about either of those groups?

    I don’t know if there any any Jews left in Russia, but American Jews of Russian Jewish descent love to brag that they are “Russian”. My own mother is big on that. This is despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of pre WWI Russian Jews never set foot in Russia proper and by all accounts disliked Russians and Russian culture, although not as much as they disliked Ukrainians and Poles.

    Secular American Jews get angry if you say they aren’t Russian, religious American Jews get angry if you say they *are* Russian.

    I’ve never had any genetic testing done because I really just don’t want to know what I really am.

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    I understand and accept that Jewish economic success is primarily due to their superior average IQ, as opposed to ZOG or whatever. This along makes me far more philo-Semitic than most Russian (and European) nationalists, and even quite a few Leftists.

    I don't go on about Anglo-Zionists, like one columnist on this website. In general, I do not care for Israel (or Palestine) one way or the other.

    I praised Russian-American Jews for supporting Trumps.

    In my experience, Russian-American Jews ("Sovok Jews") tend to be very anti-Russian; my impressions don't sync with yours.
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  • @Niccolo Salo
    Here we go:

    "But see, I just happen to know A LOT of Serbs with different cheekbones that I see in other Slavs, and these facial structures look a bit central Asian, so I assumed Turkish origin. You see, unlike other invasions in these parts, Turks were known for mass rapes and butchery while at war (although pretty civilized when finally in power). Let’s wait until we have huge studies, but I’m sure Serbs do have at some legacy of Turkish invasions (like SE Russians do of Tatar ones)."

    I'm a Croatian from Hercegovina and grew up around a lot of Serbs from various regions.

    Your mistake is in your assumptions and resting on visual clues. I just found a study of 85 Serbs from Aleksandrovac which is in Central Serbia and serves as a good case study for Serbs in Serbia in general.

    Check out the table at the bottom here - https://s6.postimg.org/rl0ehxpkx/aleksandrovac_003.png

    The only haplogroup there that isn't European is Q and is found at a frequency of 1.17% in Aleksandrovac in this study. The Serbian site Poreklo.rs has many, many more samples from Serbs from all over the ex-YU and the same frequencies largely hold. Q is also found on the island of Hvar in Croatia, a place where Turks never reached. Q is probably a legacy haplogroup from Avars or Pechenegs or in the Serbian case, Kumans from the Medieval era. There is a city in Northern Macedonia called Kumanovo (Place of the Cumans) where this tribe's soldiers were settled by the Byzantines during the Medieval era. We won't know the source of this Q until more corpses are exhumed and tested from that era.

    The evidence so far in Turkey is that only certain parts of Central Anatolia have any genetic input from Central Asia. I think one of the regions has something like 14% of its haplogroups showing derived from the Central Asian Stans. The rest of Turkey largely being those groups that were there prior to the arrival of the Seljuks which is why today's Turks cluster most closely with Armenians, Kurds, and Greeks and not with Uzbeks, Tajiks, or Kyrgyz.

    Thanks for the detailed info. Now I feel like I want to send my sample to 23andme and figure out at least part of the family history, beyond about 250 years for which we have the records.

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    Here is my result - https://s6.postimg.org/71wbldww1/cap1.png

    I tested around two years ago and will be doing a Y-67 at FTNDA soon to get a deeper read on my paternal line, which is J-M241 (aka J2B2*) which is Balkan as fuck and has its highest frequencies in Aroumanian (Cincar) people of Southern Albania and the Greek Pindus Mountains that form the border between Epirus and Thessaly, and among Albanians, particularly the Hoti Tribe of Montenegro along their border with Albania.

    A friend of mine from my county in Hercegovina and who is from the same parish as I am (7 villages away), tested J-M241 as well and he did his Y-67. He and I aren't related (unless we go back a good distance, is my gut feeling) and this clade isn't all that common. What he found is that his most recent common ancestor with any Albanians who have this clade is well over 2,000 years old, and the closest Serb to him genetically (who coincidentally is from Glamoc, right next door to us, just on the other side of the mountain) shares a most common recent ancestor dating back 3,900 years.

    I am working under the assumption that he and I will have a much, much closer date for the simple reason that is paternal line comes from further south in Hercegovina, just like my paternal line (who made a couple of stops in Dalmatia along the way).
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  • @Zenarchy
    Thanks man, excellent reply.

    Good for you to be cool and not anti-Serb, being a Croat from Hercegovina. But you still didn't give me your personal opinion regarding physical characteristics.

    I'd like to see skull measurements, but if you say these features come from native Balkan people (I2a??), I have to believe you for now as evidence points to your claims being true.
    Interestingly, almost all of the Serbs I know that have that appearance, are very bellicose, even more than other Balkan peoples, famous for not being fans of non-violence.

    almost all of the Serbs I know that have that appearance

    Can you be a bit more specific about “that appearance”? I am curious to know what appearance you have in mind. Were you referring to different cheekbnes, Central Asian? Or something else? Best if you could provide several known people (athletes, musicians, etc.) as examples.

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    Hi, Mark.

    I'm guessing about 10 percent Serbs I know personally here in Slovenia look a bit different than other Southern Slavs I know (which are many), but I can't post any of their photos for obvious reasons. I only know about 10 famous Serbs, though, and the closest to what I had in mind would likely be the rapper from post. 39 in this thread...
    Different, but still somehow more Serbian than say Croatian would be Vlade Divac - photo in the post No. 10 in this thread.

    As I said, those could simply be elements of Balkan genetics that are very rare and didn't spread towards NW parts of the Balkan... And quite possibly, these 2 might not look foreign in Macedonia or Bulgaria as those are the Balkan nationalities I know the least (numerically at least).

    p.s. We sometimes joke about Balkan jaws here in Slovenia (well, not me really). Compared to Slovenes or Poles, Czechs etc, it does seem there's some stronger chewing power there (Is sheep meat difficult to chew? :)
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  • @BB753
    How did a Muslim Lak, presumably female, marry into a Christian family before the revolution? Just curious.

    AK: No, the Lak is my maternal grandfather. Much more recent than the Revolution.

    Ok, it makes sense. Still, your mother is technically Muslim and yet married a Christian . Were Muslim customs and laws totally overruled by Communism?

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  • @Niccolo Salo
    Here we go:

    "But see, I just happen to know A LOT of Serbs with different cheekbones that I see in other Slavs, and these facial structures look a bit central Asian, so I assumed Turkish origin. You see, unlike other invasions in these parts, Turks were known for mass rapes and butchery while at war (although pretty civilized when finally in power). Let’s wait until we have huge studies, but I’m sure Serbs do have at some legacy of Turkish invasions (like SE Russians do of Tatar ones)."

    I'm a Croatian from Hercegovina and grew up around a lot of Serbs from various regions.

    Your mistake is in your assumptions and resting on visual clues. I just found a study of 85 Serbs from Aleksandrovac which is in Central Serbia and serves as a good case study for Serbs in Serbia in general.

    Check out the table at the bottom here - https://s6.postimg.org/rl0ehxpkx/aleksandrovac_003.png

    The only haplogroup there that isn't European is Q and is found at a frequency of 1.17% in Aleksandrovac in this study. The Serbian site Poreklo.rs has many, many more samples from Serbs from all over the ex-YU and the same frequencies largely hold. Q is also found on the island of Hvar in Croatia, a place where Turks never reached. Q is probably a legacy haplogroup from Avars or Pechenegs or in the Serbian case, Kumans from the Medieval era. There is a city in Northern Macedonia called Kumanovo (Place of the Cumans) where this tribe's soldiers were settled by the Byzantines during the Medieval era. We won't know the source of this Q until more corpses are exhumed and tested from that era.

    The evidence so far in Turkey is that only certain parts of Central Anatolia have any genetic input from Central Asia. I think one of the regions has something like 14% of its haplogroups showing derived from the Central Asian Stans. The rest of Turkey largely being those groups that were there prior to the arrival of the Seljuks which is why today's Turks cluster most closely with Armenians, Kurds, and Greeks and not with Uzbeks, Tajiks, or Kyrgyz.

    Thanks man, excellent reply.

    Good for you to be cool and not anti-Serb, being a Croat from Hercegovina. But you still didn’t give me your personal opinion regarding physical characteristics.

    I’d like to see skull measurements, but if you say these features come from native Balkan people (I2a??), I have to believe you for now as evidence points to your claims being true.
    Interestingly, almost all of the Serbs I know that have that appearance, are very bellicose, even more than other Balkan peoples, famous for not being fans of non-violence.

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    almost all of the Serbs I know that have that appearance
     
    Can you be a bit more specific about "that appearance"? I am curious to know what appearance you have in mind. Were you referring to different cheekbnes, Central Asian? Or something else? Best if you could provide several known people (athletes, musicians, etc.) as examples.
    , @Niccolo Salo
    "Good for you to be cool and not anti-Serb, being a Croat from Hercegovina. But you still didn’t give me your personal opinion regarding physical characteristics."

    There's no point in being reflexively anti-Serb as the Serbian problem in Croatia no longer exists, except for a couple of shitheads on both sides seeking to keep themselves employed/in the public spotlight.

    As for physical characteristics, the Balkans have seen so many people pass through here and settle here, so certain odd appearances do pop up. Recall also that significant waves of assimilation have happened here over and over and over again. The Principality of Serbia (and later Kingdom) during the mid-19th century passed a law declaring that anyone who lived in Serbia for at least 10 years was automatically declared a Serb and would have to adopt a Serbian name and surname. This had the effect of rapidly assimilating many minorities of the time, particularly Cincars/Aroumanians, Greeks, Armenians, Vlachs, Bulgars, and yes, gypsies. Any settlement from Asia Minor/Anatolia in that smaller part of Serbia was mainly up in Belgrade and consisted of Greek and Armenian merchants and traders.
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  • Anatoly, Karlin is not an uncommon ethnic Russian surname, as you can see here: https://www.obd-memorial.ru/html/search.htm?f=%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BD&n=&s=&y=&r=&p=1

    The root of the name is the dialectal word “karla” – which is basically the same thing as karlik (someone who is very short, a dwarf, etc). Also, a “son of Karl” would be Karlov, not Karlin, though in fact most Russian Karlovs have nothing to do with any Karls and have essentially the same name root as Karlins – the word “karlo” (same thing as “karla”).

    “the village Karlin near Pinsk” – err, what? Unless you know your ancestors were from around that area, wouldn’t it be more reasonable to look at places like Karlino, Tula oblast? Or the river Karlinka and adjacent settlement Karlinskoye in Ulyanovsk oblast?

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  • @Zenarchy
    Good reply.
    But see, I just happen to know A LOT of Serbs with different cheekbones that I see in other Slavs, and these facial structures look a bit central Asian, so I assumed Turkish origin. You see, unlike other invasions in these parts, Turks were known for mass rapes and butchery while at war (although pretty civilized when finally in power). Let's wait until we have huge studies, but I'm sure Serbs do have at some legacy of Turkish invasions (like SE Russians do of Tatar ones).

    You look at someone like Novak Djokovich and you see the typical Illyrian body type and head. You look at Branislav Ivanovich, and you see the strong Slavic influence (plus a bit of the Balkan).
    But while I know genetics does not always equal appearance, faces such as this Slovenian rapper of Serbian origin do look a bit Central Asian, don't they?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqtoqUs1zxo

    Here we go:

    “But see, I just happen to know A LOT of Serbs with different cheekbones that I see in other Slavs, and these facial structures look a bit central Asian, so I assumed Turkish origin. You see, unlike other invasions in these parts, Turks were known for mass rapes and butchery while at war (although pretty civilized when finally in power). Let’s wait until we have huge studies, but I’m sure Serbs do have at some legacy of Turkish invasions (like SE Russians do of Tatar ones).”

    I’m a Croatian from Hercegovina and grew up around a lot of Serbs from various regions.

    Your mistake is in your assumptions and resting on visual clues. I just found a study of 85 Serbs from Aleksandrovac which is in Central Serbia and serves as a good case study for Serbs in Serbia in general.

    Check out the table at the bottom here -

    The only haplogroup there that isn’t European is Q and is found at a frequency of 1.17% in Aleksandrovac in this study. The Serbian site Poreklo.rs has many, many more samples from Serbs from all over the ex-YU and the same frequencies largely hold. Q is also found on the island of Hvar in Croatia, a place where Turks never reached. Q is probably a legacy haplogroup from Avars or Pechenegs or in the Serbian case, Kumans from the Medieval era. There is a city in Northern Macedonia called Kumanovo (Place of the Cumans) where this tribe’s soldiers were settled by the Byzantines during the Medieval era. We won’t know the source of this Q until more corpses are exhumed and tested from that era.

    The evidence so far in Turkey is that only certain parts of Central Anatolia have any genetic input from Central Asia. I think one of the regions has something like 14% of its haplogroups showing derived from the Central Asian Stans. The rest of Turkey largely being those groups that were there prior to the arrival of the Seljuks which is why today’s Turks cluster most closely with Armenians, Kurds, and Greeks and not with Uzbeks, Tajiks, or Kyrgyz.

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    Thanks man, excellent reply.

    Good for you to be cool and not anti-Serb, being a Croat from Hercegovina. But you still didn't give me your personal opinion regarding physical characteristics.

    I'd like to see skull measurements, but if you say these features come from native Balkan people (I2a??), I have to believe you for now as evidence points to your claims being true.
    Interestingly, almost all of the Serbs I know that have that appearance, are very bellicose, even more than other Balkan peoples, famous for not being fans of non-violence.
    , @Mark Eugenikos
    Thanks for the detailed info. Now I feel like I want to send my sample to 23andme and figure out at least part of the family history, beyond about 250 years for which we have the records.
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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    23andme isn't just ancestry, it gives health reports as well (or did: The FDA decided peons couldn't be trusted with it and told 23andme to stop doing it. Though as I recall that decision has recently been reversed).

    Anyhow, the people who had 23andme done before that ruling kept their health reports, and I have to say their assessments are actually remarkably accurate and correlate to what we know of family medical history very well.

    Thank you for clarifying your intentions. Realistically speaking, it is impossible for any minimally independent-minded person to find someone they agree with 100% or even close. The best we can do is triangulate.

    I think a better or the real way to get a health report is to go to hospital. Moreover in Russia it’s (in theory) free and in the USA you must be covered.

    I suppose the only thing they could do is to do simple checks for some genes which make you liable to some diseases.

    What drives me off is their calculation. How is it possible to get percentage? Imagine I got a report stating 50% EE[urope], 25% SE, and 25% EA[sian]. What does it mean? I know for sure I’m 100% EE. If they suggest I’ve got some ancestors from NE, SE, or EA, they would be wrong as I know not only where my grandparents were from, but my great-grandparents as well. They weren’t for sure from Japan or the Balkans. That is I’m not even 1/8 other than EE. I’m not some American mongrel with a whole bouquet of ancestries from all around the world and who wants to know the exact “percentage”.

    If they suggest my distant ancestors from a thousand or more years ago came from some distant land, so I would ask them how do they know what genes the people in particular regions had back then? And what is their database to draw such conclusions? Have their company made a thorough study of the full genomes of the world population and created a global genetic database? I doubt that anybody did that. They rather have only Y-hg. They check your Y-hg against the well-known world distributions and thus they got their strange numbers. Yes, if you have R1a, and R1a is 50%-60% in EE, 10% in SE and 1% in EA, so you’re most probably 50%-60% EE, 10% SE and 1% EA. How dumb simple.

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  • @Niccolo Salo
    There is no evidence that Serbs are "Turkish rape babies". The Middle Eastern haplogroups present in the Balkans arrived there a very, very long time ago, with G2a showing up during the Neolithic, and the J1 and J2 variants showing up anywhere between the Neolithic and the Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age.

    There was no mass settlement of Anatolian Turks anywhere near Serbia nor North or West of it. Small numbers were settled in today's Greece and Bulgaria, but most self-identified Turks in the Balkans were simply locals who had converted, thus leaving legacy populations in today's Macedonia and Bulgaria. Turks in Greece were sent to Turkey after WW1 if they hadn't already left previously.

    Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, and Ottoman occupied portions of today's Croatia had no Turkish settlers as the Ottoman officials in these places were all converts from local populations. Many of these chose to move to other parts of the Ottoman Empire (all the way to Istanbul and Izmir/Smyrna in many cases) when these lands kicked the empire out.

    Good reply.
    But see, I just happen to know A LOT of Serbs with different cheekbones that I see in other Slavs, and these facial structures look a bit central Asian, so I assumed Turkish origin. You see, unlike other invasions in these parts, Turks were known for mass rapes and butchery while at war (although pretty civilized when finally in power). Let’s wait until we have huge studies, but I’m sure Serbs do have at some legacy of Turkish invasions (like SE Russians do of Tatar ones).

    You look at someone like Novak Djokovich and you see the typical Illyrian body type and head. You look at Branislav Ivanovich, and you see the strong Slavic influence (plus a bit of the Balkan).
    But while I know genetics does not always equal appearance, faces such as this Slovenian rapper of Serbian origin do look a bit Central Asian, don’t they?

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    Here we go:

    "But see, I just happen to know A LOT of Serbs with different cheekbones that I see in other Slavs, and these facial structures look a bit central Asian, so I assumed Turkish origin. You see, unlike other invasions in these parts, Turks were known for mass rapes and butchery while at war (although pretty civilized when finally in power). Let’s wait until we have huge studies, but I’m sure Serbs do have at some legacy of Turkish invasions (like SE Russians do of Tatar ones)."

    I'm a Croatian from Hercegovina and grew up around a lot of Serbs from various regions.

    Your mistake is in your assumptions and resting on visual clues. I just found a study of 85 Serbs from Aleksandrovac which is in Central Serbia and serves as a good case study for Serbs in Serbia in general.

    Check out the table at the bottom here - https://s6.postimg.org/rl0ehxpkx/aleksandrovac_003.png

    The only haplogroup there that isn't European is Q and is found at a frequency of 1.17% in Aleksandrovac in this study. The Serbian site Poreklo.rs has many, many more samples from Serbs from all over the ex-YU and the same frequencies largely hold. Q is also found on the island of Hvar in Croatia, a place where Turks never reached. Q is probably a legacy haplogroup from Avars or Pechenegs or in the Serbian case, Kumans from the Medieval era. There is a city in Northern Macedonia called Kumanovo (Place of the Cumans) where this tribe's soldiers were settled by the Byzantines during the Medieval era. We won't know the source of this Q until more corpses are exhumed and tested from that era.

    The evidence so far in Turkey is that only certain parts of Central Anatolia have any genetic input from Central Asia. I think one of the regions has something like 14% of its haplogroups showing derived from the Central Asian Stans. The rest of Turkey largely being those groups that were there prior to the arrival of the Seljuks which is why today's Turks cluster most closely with Armenians, Kurds, and Greeks and not with Uzbeks, Tajiks, or Kyrgyz.
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  • @Halvorson
    The Eurogenes K15 test on Gedmatch is probably the best overall at pinpointing genetic ancestry. They have a Oracle program there that models your results as a mixture of many different populations. I think it's especially good for mutts. Results look like this:

    http://i.imgur.com/BC1ZYqc.jpg

    You should also consider uploading your results to DNA Land. Their ancestry reports break down East European and Middle Eastern ancestry in a more detailed way than 23andMe.

    Thanks! I’ll make a note to check this out.

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  • The Eurogenes K15 test on Gedmatch is probably the best overall at pinpointing genetic ancestry. They have a Oracle program there that models your results as a mixture of many different populations. I think it’s especially good for mutts. Results look like this:

    You should also consider uploading your results to DNA Land. Their ancestry reports break down East European and Middle Eastern ancestry in a more detailed way than 23andMe.

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    Thanks! I'll make a note to check this out.
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  • I wonder how your 23andMe would compare with the averages of

    (1) All citizens of Russia

    (2) self-identified Ethnic Russians (I am quite certain you identify as an ethnic Russian)

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  • How did a Muslim Lak, presumably female, marry into a Christian family before the revolution? Just curious.

    AK: No, the Lak is my maternal grandfather. Much more recent than the Revolution.

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    Ok, it makes sense. Still, your mother is technically Muslim and yet married a Christian . Were Muslim customs and laws totally overruled by Communism?
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  • @Zenarchy
    Much of it, yes. Especially in the Western parts of the Balkans (Albanians are the most Illyrian), so probably Dalmatians, Herzegovinians, and Montenegrins. There's definitely ME genetics there as well, though.

    There is no evidence that Serbs are “Turkish rape babies”. The Middle Eastern haplogroups present in the Balkans arrived there a very, very long time ago, with G2a showing up during the Neolithic, and the J1 and J2 variants showing up anywhere between the Neolithic and the Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age.

    There was no mass settlement of Anatolian Turks anywhere near Serbia nor North or West of it. Small numbers were settled in today’s Greece and Bulgaria, but most self-identified Turks in the Balkans were simply locals who had converted, thus leaving legacy populations in today’s Macedonia and Bulgaria. Turks in Greece were sent to Turkey after WW1 if they hadn’t already left previously.

    Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, and Ottoman occupied portions of today’s Croatia had no Turkish settlers as the Ottoman officials in these places were all converts from local populations. Many of these chose to move to other parts of the Ottoman Empire (all the way to Istanbul and Izmir/Smyrna in many cases) when these lands kicked the empire out.

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    Good reply.
    But see, I just happen to know A LOT of Serbs with different cheekbones that I see in other Slavs, and these facial structures look a bit central Asian, so I assumed Turkish origin. You see, unlike other invasions in these parts, Turks were known for mass rapes and butchery while at war (although pretty civilized when finally in power). Let's wait until we have huge studies, but I'm sure Serbs do have at some legacy of Turkish invasions (like SE Russians do of Tatar ones).

    You look at someone like Novak Djokovich and you see the typical Illyrian body type and head. You look at Branislav Ivanovich, and you see the strong Slavic influence (plus a bit of the Balkan).
    But while I know genetics does not always equal appearance, faces such as this Slovenian rapper of Serbian origin do look a bit Central Asian, don't they?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqtoqUs1zxo
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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    23andme isn't just ancestry, it gives health reports as well (or did: The FDA decided peons couldn't be trusted with it and told 23andme to stop doing it. Though as I recall that decision has recently been reversed).

    Anyhow, the people who had 23andme done before that ruling kept their health reports, and I have to say their assessments are actually remarkably accurate and correlate to what we know of family medical history very well.

    Thank you for clarifying your intentions. Realistically speaking, it is impossible for any minimally independent-minded person to find someone they agree with 100% or even close. The best we can do is triangulate.

    What is triangulating in this context?

    Virtually every day I look up some argot, especially initialisms, … I look up in this-and-that encyclopedia, & search engine, the Urban dictionary … and my sense is that there is an excess of jargon use. In the past few days, even an abnormally pedantic reader like me ended up puzzled 2-3 times.

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    The best we can do is triangulate.

    I thought this was patented by the liberals. I was unaware of it being open source and available to the dark side.

    (((they))) want ur genetic fingerprint for future use and u give to them for free? goood goy

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  • The best we can do is triangulate.

    I thought this was patented by the liberals. I was unaware of it being open source and available to the dark side.

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  • @Boris N
    I haven't taken the test and it's unlikely I'll do it just for a reason that all my paternal ancestors came from a region which have one of the highest proportion of R1a, so the likeliest chance I have it either. Unlikely I will know something new with a test. Do we turn out to be distant relatives then, he? VERY distant, though.

    Just a side note. We have had a lot of arguments and we've trolled each other a lot and I disagree with you in about half of things, but I have always had a positive view on you, otherwise I wouldn't read and comment. So you would be wrong if you thought I'm your adversary or even enemy. I just like arguing just for the fun of it.

    23andme isn’t just ancestry, it gives health reports as well (or did: The FDA decided peons couldn’t be trusted with it and told 23andme to stop doing it. Though as I recall that decision has recently been reversed).

    Anyhow, the people who had 23andme done before that ruling kept their health reports, and I have to say their assessments are actually remarkably accurate and correlate to what we know of family medical history very well.

    Thank you for clarifying your intentions. Realistically speaking, it is impossible for any minimally independent-minded person to find someone they agree with 100% or even close. The best we can do is triangulate.

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    What is triangulating in this context?

    Virtually every day I look up some argot, especially initialisms, ... I look up in this-and-that encyclopedia, & search engine, the Urban dictionary ... and my sense is that there is an excess of jargon use. In the past few days, even an abnormally pedantic reader like me ended up puzzled 2-3 times.
    , @Boris N
    I think a better or the real way to get a health report is to go to hospital. Moreover in Russia it's (in theory) free and in the USA you must be covered.

    I suppose the only thing they could do is to do simple checks for some genes which make you liable to some diseases.

    What drives me off is their calculation. How is it possible to get percentage? Imagine I got a report stating 50% EE[urope], 25% SE, and 25% EA[sian]. What does it mean? I know for sure I'm 100% EE. If they suggest I've got some ancestors from NE, SE, or EA, they would be wrong as I know not only where my grandparents were from, but my great-grandparents as well. They weren't for sure from Japan or the Balkans. That is I'm not even 1/8 other than EE. I'm not some American mongrel with a whole bouquet of ancestries from all around the world and who wants to know the exact "percentage".

    If they suggest my distant ancestors from a thousand or more years ago came from some distant land, so I would ask them how do they know what genes the people in particular regions had back then? And what is their database to draw such conclusions? Have their company made a thorough study of the full genomes of the world population and created a global genetic database? I doubt that anybody did that. They rather have only Y-hg. They check your Y-hg against the well-known world distributions and thus they got their strange numbers. Yes, if you have R1a, and R1a is 50%-60% in EE, 10% in SE and 1% in EA, so you're most probably 50%-60% EE, 10% SE and 1% EA. How dumb simple.
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  • @Glossy
    Anatoly has said that his parents are scientists. Lots of scientists of many backgrounds, including ethnic Russians, left the former USSR in the 1990s to work at Western universities. This was because the Yeltsin-oligarchic regime didn't pay them salaries and didn't care about science.

    One of my childhood friends was an ethnically-Russian son of biologists who ended up in the West for this reason.

    I think Nina "Byzantina" of Twitter fame is of that background too.
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  • @German_reader
    So Dagestanis genetically cluster with the MENA region? Seems counterintuitive to me.
    Anyway, good luck with your genealogical studies, your family history seems to be more interesting than is the case for most people.

    Since presumably very few Dagestanis get tested by 23andme, I’d assume it struggles to characterize them; hence, presumably, that component being split between “Balkan” 11% + MENA 8% + “Broadly South European” 6% = conveniently round 25%.

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  • @Glossy
    I think that the non-Slavic ancestry in the former Yugoslavia is ancient Illyrian.

    Much of it, yes. Especially in the Western parts of the Balkans (Albanians are the most Illyrian), so probably Dalmatians, Herzegovinians, and Montenegrins. There’s definitely ME genetics there as well, though.

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    There is no evidence that Serbs are "Turkish rape babies". The Middle Eastern haplogroups present in the Balkans arrived there a very, very long time ago, with G2a showing up during the Neolithic, and the J1 and J2 variants showing up anywhere between the Neolithic and the Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age.

    There was no mass settlement of Anatolian Turks anywhere near Serbia nor North or West of it. Small numbers were settled in today's Greece and Bulgaria, but most self-identified Turks in the Balkans were simply locals who had converted, thus leaving legacy populations in today's Macedonia and Bulgaria. Turks in Greece were sent to Turkey after WW1 if they hadn't already left previously.

    Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, and Ottoman occupied portions of today's Croatia had no Turkish settlers as the Ottoman officials in these places were all converts from local populations. Many of these chose to move to other parts of the Ottoman Empire (all the way to Istanbul and Izmir/Smyrna in many cases) when these lands kicked the empire out.
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  • @Glossy
    I think that in Western Europe all births were recorded starting in the 16th century. So you could probably trace your Italian side really, really far back.

    I think that within the Russian empire the recording of all births started much later. I'm assuming the 19th century, though I don't know for sure.

    Even though Jews had high literacy, they didn't use it to record any of this. So the earliest ancestors of mine that I'm aware of are two great-great-grandparents who were probably born in the 1840s or 1850s. And this is only because a cousin of my mom's spent some time researching this.

    I know so little about my ancestry that I've never needed software. Instead I have a standard-sized piece of printer paper on which I drew a tree, and which I put in a photo album.

    I've seen a database of the recipients of Great Patriotic War orders (not medals). They've got scans of hand-written citations. It actually says there what this or that order was given for.

    I remember reading that the raw data of the 1897 census of the Russian Empire only survived for one or two governorates. Outside of those, only officially published summaries are available, and those are useless for genealogy.

    I think that within the Russian empire the recording of all births started much later. I’m assuming the 19th century, though I don’t know for sure.

    They have regular censuses (ревизии) since Peter I. I have an acquaintance who could have dug down as long ago as the end of the 17th century. And they weren’t nobility, just mere peasants. Though you won’t know much from those censuses, just names, age, family, and some other basic info.

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  • @Glossy
    Anatoly has said that his parents are scientists. Lots of scientists of many backgrounds, including ethnic Russians, left the former USSR in the 1990s to work at Western universities. This was because the Yeltsin-oligarchic regime didn't pay them salaries and didn't care about science.

    One of my childhood friends was an ethnically-Russian son of biologists who ended up in the West for this reason.

    I think Nina "Byzantina" of Twitter fame is of that background too.

    Anatoly has said that his parents are scientists.

    But as it always happened in the Soviet wonderland a great deal of scientists were Jews (surpirsing for a country with “state anti-Semitism”, heh). So I have had some justification for my suspicion. Though as I said a quarter of emigres must be indeed Russians. Most didn’t emigrate, though, even because of Yeltsin. So people mostly hear names like Brin or Geim, just to name few.

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  • @German_reader
    I thought Denisovan DNA turned up only in some Asian populations like Tibetans, not in Russians...and some Neanderthal ancestry is found in all non-Africans, isn't it?
    But then I don't really understand how those DNA tests work anyway and how they come up with those percentages (don't intend to take one myself anyway).

    I had been led to believe that White Europeans and East Asians were meant to have 2-5% Neanderthal ancestry. I had been led to believe that DNA tests could show this as well as Denisovan ancestry. If they can’t, then the tests aren’t very effective.
    This is one reason I’m not going to take the test.
    Also, AK is categorised as being 0.2% East Asian and <0.1% Oceanic ( Aborigine ? Ainu ? ). If they can't categorise his Neanderthal ancestry, how are they likely to be right on this ?

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  • I actually thought you were 1/4 laz, so I was confused why you didn’t substitute georgian in for kebab. But does dagestani really count for kebab, since they themselves have high amounts of northern euro descent and distinct caucasian component from the middle eastern component? I mean, even on the 23 and me only part of that ancestry gets mapped to middle eastern.

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  • I haven’t taken the test and it’s unlikely I’ll do it just for a reason that all my paternal ancestors came from a region which have one of the highest proportion of R1a, so the likeliest chance I have it either. Unlikely I will know something new with a test. Do we turn out to be distant relatives then, he? VERY distant, though.

    Just a side note. We have had a lot of arguments and we’ve trolled each other a lot and I disagree with you in about half of things, but I have always had a positive view on you, otherwise I wouldn’t read and comment. So you would be wrong if you thought I’m your adversary or even enemy. I just like arguing just for the fun of it.

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    23andme isn't just ancestry, it gives health reports as well (or did: The FDA decided peons couldn't be trusted with it and told 23andme to stop doing it. Though as I recall that decision has recently been reversed).

    Anyhow, the people who had 23andme done before that ruling kept their health reports, and I have to say their assessments are actually remarkably accurate and correlate to what we know of family medical history very well.

    Thank you for clarifying your intentions. Realistically speaking, it is impossible for any minimally independent-minded person to find someone they agree with 100% or even close. The best we can do is triangulate.
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  • @Boris N
    I must admit I was mistaken about your name. I didn't dig deep enough, just looked in a couple of places including Wikipedia and a dictionary (https://books.google.com/books?id=vG7MZ9J6dAgC&q=Karlin), and that was enough for me to put two and two together. It indeed sounds too suspicious and too non-Russian, and coupled with your name it is not too hard to suggest your Jewish origin. Moreover, the fact that you emigrated in the 1990s make it even more suspicious: I would not exaggerate to say that half of Soviet and post-Soviet emigrants are in fact Jews, a quarter are Volksdeutsche, Poles, Ukrainians, Armenians, and who not, and maybe only a quarter or less are really Russians.

    However, I was just recently looking through a WWI casualty list and found out enough people with your surname, but Christian Orthodox and sounding quite very well Russian (http://1914.svrt.ru/extsearch.php?surname=Карлин). So it might be that your surname has nothing to do with the village of Karlin, but instead came from some other source. Allegedly it might be a nickname like Karla or Karlya, or a corruption of Kralya, or even Karelin, or whatever. Obviously, your surname is rare, but still exist(ed) among Russians. Of course, if you're really sure, because there were enough baptized Jews in the 19th century, it might just happen too long ago that all the ends are lost.

    As for your maternal side: No wonder you have a Med or Mideastern-like phenotype, and no surprise I misinterpreted it. Though it still would be funny to undergo the "Synagogue test", as suggested above. Or the "Mosque test", for your Lak ancestry, just don't shave for some time for more authenticity. Heck, you have even a full incentive to turn into a real Muslim as a coming back the "roots". Not Nathan, but Anas Ali, hehe?

    Anatoly has said that his parents are scientists. Lots of scientists of many backgrounds, including ethnic Russians, left the former USSR in the 1990s to work at Western universities. This was because the Yeltsin-oligarchic regime didn’t pay them salaries and didn’t care about science.

    One of my childhood friends was an ethnically-Russian son of biologists who ended up in the West for this reason.

    I think Nina “Byzantina” of Twitter fame is of that background too.

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    Anatoly has said that his parents are scientists.
     
    But as it always happened in the Soviet wonderland a great deal of scientists were Jews (surpirsing for a country with "state anti-Semitism", heh). So I have had some justification for my suspicion. Though as I said a quarter of emigres must be indeed Russians. Most didn't emigrate, though, even because of Yeltsin. So people mostly hear names like Brin or Geim, just to name few.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
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  • As for 23genes or whatever, my personal opinion that all such guys are charlatans who exploit modern frenzy about genetics. I sincerely do not understand how they’ve come up with their methodology and what the amount of data they are using to do their doubtful calculations. I have a suspicion that they just take your Y-hg and mDNA and do their probability calculations. You paid for what you already knew, you knew you have R1a and you knew it is most widespread in Eastern Europe, so the highest probability you came from there, you just did not the exact numbers and those guys just gave it to you, though you still do not know how they’ve come up with it.

    But there are enough criticism about assigning the current DNA distribution to the past or to ethnic groups.
    http://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/25644-Why-it-is-wrong-to-assume-that-a-haplogroup-originated-where-it-is-most-frequent-now

    P.S. I always thought that a lot of Ashkenazi have R1a, so having it neither proves nor disapproves anything. Just that one of your paternal ancestors (among thousands) sprang up several thousand years ago somewhere in the Middle East (or wherever they put now its origin).

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  • I must admit I was mistaken about your name. I didn’t dig deep enough, just looked in a couple of places including Wikipedia and a dictionary (https://books.google.com/books?id=vG7MZ9J6dAgC&q=Karlin), and that was enough for me to put two and two together. It indeed sounds too suspicious and too non-Russian, and coupled with your name it is not too hard to suggest your Jewish origin. Moreover, the fact that you emigrated in the 1990s make it even more suspicious: I would not exaggerate to say that half of Soviet and post-Soviet emigrants are in fact Jews, a quarter are Volksdeutsche, Poles, Ukrainians, Armenians, and who not, and maybe only a quarter or less are really Russians.

    However, I was just recently looking through a WWI casualty list and found out enough people with your surname, but Christian Orthodox and sounding quite very well Russian (http://1914.svrt.ru/extsearch.php?surname=Карлин). So it might be that your surname has nothing to do with the village of Karlin, but instead came from some other source. Allegedly it might be a nickname like Karla or Karlya, or a corruption of Kralya, or even Karelin, or whatever. Obviously, your surname is rare, but still exist(ed) among Russians. Of course, if you’re really sure, because there were enough baptized Jews in the 19th century, it might just happen too long ago that all the ends are lost.

    As for your maternal side: No wonder you have a Med or Mideastern-like phenotype, and no surprise I misinterpreted it. Though it still would be funny to undergo the “Synagogue test”, as suggested above. Or the “Mosque test”, for your Lak ancestry, just don’t shave for some time for more authenticity. Heck, you have even a full incentive to turn into a real Muslim as a coming back the “roots”. Not Nathan, but Anas Ali, hehe?

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    Anatoly has said that his parents are scientists. Lots of scientists of many backgrounds, including ethnic Russians, left the former USSR in the 1990s to work at Western universities. This was because the Yeltsin-oligarchic regime didn't pay them salaries and didn't care about science.

    One of my childhood friends was an ethnically-Russian son of biologists who ended up in the West for this reason.

    I think Nina "Byzantina" of Twitter fame is of that background too.
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  • @Verymuchalive
    If I were Russian and 23andme didn't give me my Neanderthal and Denisovan percentages,
    I'd want my money back. Anatoly is obviously a very easily contented boy.

    AK: Yes this doesn't mean any sense. Neanderthal/Denisovan ancestry is separate from ancestry composition. Neanderthal results are rarely very interesting. Eurasians (and Australasians) mixed with them in the Near East around 60,000 years ago on leaving Africa, and consequently mixed little with them afterwards, so the percentages are similar from Europe to China and the Australian aborigines. My own Neanderthal results are absolutely average for Eurasians.

    I thought Denisovan DNA turned up only in some Asian populations like Tibetans, not in Russians…and some Neanderthal ancestry is found in all non-Africans, isn’t it?
    But then I don’t really understand how those DNA tests work anyway and how they come up with those percentages (don’t intend to take one myself anyway).

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    I had been led to believe that White Europeans and East Asians were meant to have 2-5% Neanderthal ancestry. I had been led to believe that DNA tests could show this as well as Denisovan ancestry. If they can't, then the tests aren't very effective.
    This is one reason I'm not going to take the test.
    Also, AK is categorised as being 0.2% East Asian and <0.1% Oceanic ( Aborigine ? Ainu ? ). If they can't categorise his Neanderthal ancestry, how are they likely to be right on this ?
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  • @German_reader
    So Dagestanis genetically cluster with the MENA region? Seems counterintuitive to me.
    Anyway, good luck with your genealogical studies, your family history seems to be more interesting than is the case for most people.

    If I were Russian and 23andme didn’t give me my Neanderthal and Denisovan percentages,
    I’d want my money back. Anatoly is obviously a very easily contented boy.

    AK: Yes this doesn’t mean any sense. Neanderthal/Denisovan ancestry is separate from ancestry composition. Neanderthal results are rarely very interesting. Eurasians (and Australasians) mixed with them in the Near East around 60,000 years ago on leaving Africa, and consequently mixed little with them afterwards, so the percentages are similar from Europe to China and the Australian aborigines. My own Neanderthal results are absolutely average for Eurasians.

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    I thought Denisovan DNA turned up only in some Asian populations like Tibetans, not in Russians...and some Neanderthal ancestry is found in all non-Africans, isn't it?
    But then I don't really understand how those DNA tests work anyway and how they come up with those percentages (don't intend to take one myself anyway).
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  • So Dagestanis genetically cluster with the MENA region? Seems counterintuitive to me.
    Anyway, good luck with your genealogical studies, your family history seems to be more interesting than is the case for most people.

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    If I were Russian and 23andme didn't give me my Neanderthal and Denisovan percentages,
    I'd want my money back. Anatoly is obviously a very easily contented boy.

    AK: Yes this doesn't mean any sense. Neanderthal/Denisovan ancestry is separate from ancestry composition. Neanderthal results are rarely very interesting. Eurasians (and Australasians) mixed with them in the Near East around 60,000 years ago on leaving Africa, and consequently mixed little with them afterwards, so the percentages are similar from Europe to China and the Australian aborigines. My own Neanderthal results are absolutely average for Eurasians.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Since presumably very few Dagestanis get tested by 23andme, I'd assume it struggles to characterize them; hence, presumably, that component being split between "Balkan" 11% + MENA 8% + "Broadly South European" 6% = conveniently round 25%.
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  • @Zenarchy
    Similar combinations like yours are found among Balkan Slavs, though only Slovenes and NW Croats are predominantly R1A Slavs. The non-Slavic part in Balkan Slavs is at least partially a result of Middle-Eastern migrations (and Turkish rape, cough*Serbs*cough: http://www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/2nd+Annual+Celebrity+Poker+Challenge+Benefiting+9RDlYOAnwOnl.jpg).

    We should, however, not forget that we all probably have some illegitimate ancestry as well. In my case, my father is so dark, that with his pure Slavic ancestry, I'm willing to bet the nearby Roma settlement had something to do with it... (Before you scoff, Roma's ancestors were among the most developed in the world some 5.000 years ago when Slavs' achievements consisted of milking cows and burying chariots.)

    I think that the non-Slavic ancestry in the former Yugoslavia is ancient Illyrian.

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    Much of it, yes. Especially in the Western parts of the Balkans (Albanians are the most Illyrian), so probably Dalmatians, Herzegovinians, and Montenegrins. There's definitely ME genetics there as well, though.
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  • @Verymuchalive
    Carlin can also be an Irish or Scottish name. As is well known, there were considerable numbers of Scots in 17th and 18th Century Russia, often in prominent positions. Good luck with your researches !

    I was rather hoping that AK was going to reveal his Tatar ancestry, but not to be. Are Volga and Crimean Tatars distinguishable from their Slavic neighbours, Mr K ?
    Even if you are a ( Quarter ) Kebab Boy, you have a very sensible view of Muslims and their relations with Russia. You don’t think like the Saker who absurdly regards Muslims as natural supporters of Russia.
    Lastly, I had always thought that, like the Saker, Anatoly Karlin was a pseudonym. Humblest apologies.

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  • @iffen
    Diversity is our strength

    Depends on the "our."

    Depends on the “our.”

    And the hour.

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  • @Zenarchy
    Similar combinations like yours are found among Balkan Slavs, though only Slovenes and NW Croats are predominantly R1A Slavs. The non-Slavic part in Balkan Slavs is at least partially a result of Middle-Eastern migrations (and Turkish rape, cough*Serbs*cough: http://www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/2nd+Annual+Celebrity+Poker+Challenge+Benefiting+9RDlYOAnwOnl.jpg).

    We should, however, not forget that we all probably have some illegitimate ancestry as well. In my case, my father is so dark, that with his pure Slavic ancestry, I'm willing to bet the nearby Roma settlement had something to do with it... (Before you scoff, Roma's ancestors were among the most developed in the world some 5.000 years ago when Slavs' achievements consisted of milking cows and burying chariots.)

    We should, however, not forget that we all probably have some illegitimate ancestry as well.

    Always the possibility of a non-cau in the woodpile at some prior time for everyone. :)

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  • Similar combinations like yours are found among Balkan Slavs, though only Slovenes and NW Croats are predominantly R1A Slavs. The non-Slavic part in Balkan Slavs is at least partially a result of Middle-Eastern migrations (and Turkish rape, cough*Serbs*cough: http://www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/2nd+Annual+Celebrity+Poker+Challenge+Benefiting+9RDlYOAnwOnl.jpg).

    We should, however, not forget that we all probably have some illegitimate ancestry as well. In my case, my father is so dark, that with his pure Slavic ancestry, I’m willing to bet the nearby Roma settlement had something to do with it… (Before you scoff, Roma’s ancestors were among the most developed in the world some 5.000 years ago when Slavs’ achievements consisted of milking cows and burying chariots.)

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    We should, however, not forget that we all probably have some illegitimate ancestry as well.

    Always the possibility of a non-cau in the woodpile at some prior time for everyone. :)
    , @Glossy
    I think that the non-Slavic ancestry in the former Yugoslavia is ancient Illyrian.
    , @BB753
    When judging the exoticism of some individual from some other ethnic group, it's helpful to ask somebody from said ethnic group. In this case, Divac might look unusual for a Serb to a foreigner, but perhaps not to another Serb.
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  • @Max Payne

    Despite Karlin’s Judaic connotations, I have been unable to identify any Jewish ancestors there, and 23andme confirmed it.
     
    At least you're clean. I still believe Robert Mcnamara to be the closest personality I can associate you with; while he wasn't Jewish he was a numbers man.

    Chances are you're still Jewish. My reasoning is obvious...

    Just go to your local synagogue and pretend you're Jewish. If doors to greater opportunities open up easily chances are you might be a son of Abraham. Get me a job if you can. Good money in that department.

    ” Good money in that department.”
    Morris Dees has been using this ploy for decades to very lucrative effect.

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  • @Richard S
    More like 9/10 spuds, 1/10 humus?

    I know that from a Western perspective, "Diversity is our strength" is a demonstrable lie. But in Russian context there might be something to do that das stärkere Ostvolk who really are the most Darwinian selected Tough Guys in the world. That you guys are also world leaders in symphonic music, literature, philosophy, computer science, metallurgy and rocketry etc etc is really something your weaker, stupider enemies should keep in mind. Славься Отечество!

    Diversity is our strength

    Depends on the “our.”

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    Depends on the “our.”

    And the hour.
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  • More like 9/10 spuds, 1/10 humus?

    I know that from a Western perspective, “Diversity is our strength” is a demonstrable lie. But in Russian context there might be something to do that das stärkere Ostvolk who really are the most Darwinian selected Tough Guys in the world. That you guys are also world leaders in symphonic music, literature, philosophy, computer science, metallurgy and rocketry etc etc is really something your weaker, stupider enemies should keep in mind. Славься Отечество!

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    Diversity is our strength

    Depends on the "our."
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  • Despite Karlin’s Judaic connotations, I have been unable to identify any Jewish ancestors there, and 23andme confirmed it.

    At least you’re clean. I still believe Robert Mcnamara to be the closest personality I can associate you with; while he wasn’t Jewish he was a numbers man.

    Chances are you’re still Jewish. My reasoning is obvious…

    Just go to your local synagogue and pretend you’re Jewish. If doors to greater opportunities open up easily chances are you might be a son of Abraham. Get me a job if you can. Good money in that department.

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    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    " Good money in that department."
    Morris Dees has been using this ploy for decades to very lucrative effect.
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  • Carlin can also be an Irish or Scottish name. As is well known, there were considerable numbers of Scots in 17th and 18th Century Russia, often in prominent positions. Good luck with your researches !

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    I was rather hoping that AK was going to reveal his Tatar ancestry, but not to be. Are Volga and Crimean Tatars distinguishable from their Slavic neighbours, Mr K ?
    Even if you are a ( Quarter ) Kebab Boy, you have a very sensible view of Muslims and their relations with Russia. You don't think like the Saker who absurdly regards Muslims as natural supporters of Russia.
    Lastly, I had always thought that, like the Saker, Anatoly Karlin was a pseudonym. Humblest apologies.
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  • So, your mom has some Northeastern Caucasian ancestry, like Yelena Isinbayeva.

    What type of mitochondrial DNA do you have?

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  • The Mormons, familysearch.org, has a tree maker for free. I haven’t used it but the one they had for years before this one was great. I haven’t found anything wrong with ancestry.com, but there is the yearly fee. Whatever you chose make sure that it will export to a gedcom file. This is the standard and has been forever.

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  • I think that in Western Europe all births were recorded starting in the 16th century. So you could probably trace your Italian side really, really far back.

    I think that within the Russian empire the recording of all births started much later. I’m assuming the 19th century, though I don’t know for sure.

    Even though Jews had high literacy, they didn’t use it to record any of this. So the earliest ancestors of mine that I’m aware of are two great-great-grandparents who were probably born in the 1840s or 1850s. And this is only because a cousin of my mom’s spent some time researching this.

    I know so little about my ancestry that I’ve never needed software. Instead I have a standard-sized piece of printer paper on which I drew a tree, and which I put in a photo album.

    I’ve seen a database of the recipients of Great Patriotic War orders (not medals). They’ve got scans of hand-written citations. It actually says there what this or that order was given for.

    I remember reading that the raw data of the 1897 census of the Russian Empire only survived for one or two governorates. Outside of those, only officially published summaries are available, and those are useless for genealogy.

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    I think that within the Russian empire the recording of all births started much later. I’m assuming the 19th century, though I don’t know for sure.
     
    They have regular censuses (ревизии) since Peter I. I have an acquaintance who could have dug down as long ago as the end of the 17th century. And they weren't nobility, just mere peasants. Though you won't know much from those censuses, just names, age, family, and some other basic info.
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  • I am interested in what happened to your ancestors in WW2, how many died during the war, did any ever end up in the Gulags. And a really thorny question, was the topic of the mass rapes in Germany ever raised by those that fought in the frontlines ?

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  • One of the key points I've tried to stress on this blog is that micro-scale population structure – that is, fine genetic variation across populations can have a substantial impact on societal characteristics. We aren't just talking about continental racial variation. We aren't even talking just about ethnic variation. Sorting within an ethnic groups can...
  • […] Now, it’s important to understand what these data actually mean. These clusters do not mean that the descendants of the colonial settlers are numerically dominant in their respective regions, because they are not. Over the course of the continent’s history, the descendants of the original settlers were joined by subsequent immigrants, mostly other Europeans, who themselves settled in different parts of the country. As we saw previously in Demography Is Destiny, American Nations Edition: […]

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • […] and, of course, jayman has been all over american nations issues for the past couple of years (see here and here, for […]

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  • One of the key points I've tried to stress on this blog is that micro-scale population structure – that is, fine genetic variation across populations can have a substantial impact on societal characteristics. We aren't just talking about continental racial variation. We aren't even talking just about ethnic variation. Sorting within an ethnic groups can...
  • […] know this to be genetic differences between people living in each region, as detailed in my posts Demography is Destiny, American Nations Edition and More Maps of the American Nations. Behavioral genetic studies clearly establish that regional […]

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Curious that African American rises while the number of stories in the media about racism against A-A seems to rise during that time. That is, the larger the minority became, the more we heard about their ‘abuse.’ I’m not aware of a country outside the US where A-A are treated substantively better.

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  • […] race produces culture, not the other way around. Culture does not arise in a vacuum. Even “[F]ine genetic variation across populations can have a substantial impact on societal characterist…” Imagine the impact that race has on societal characteristics. Certainly, if we do not […]

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  • @Abraham Lincoln
    What's going on with this graph? https://jaymans.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/immigration200years-0.jpg

    Has immigration really decreased by two-thirds within the last five years?

    I thought that too, but I think it’s actually a function of the graph measuring ten year periods (1999-2009) against a final four year period (2009-2013). Immigration proceeds apace!

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  • […] Blog Posts – Everything You Need to Know (To Start) and The Rise of Universalism and Demography is Destiny, American Nations Edition and National Prosperity – jayman’s been on a roll lately! (^_^) each of these warrants […]

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  • JayMan says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    Hey thanks for a reply. I think there is some difference in values, than there is in personality.
    I don't think outcomes like IQ, or personality traits like aggressiveness, criminality , would change much if northerners adopted southerners in mass.
    I do think attitudes to religion (ie securalism ), homosexuality, etc would change fast. Values aren't quite the same thing as personality traits, which is what shows 0 shared environment effect.
    Some things show huge shared environment effects, like what language you speak. Southern whites, on aggregate, adopted to northern whites , would still be more tribal on average than northern whites. But they would share a larger percentage (not arguing perfect overlap or convergence here) of values with there northern neighbors.

    I do think attitudes to religion (ie securalism ), homosexuality, etc would change fast. Values aren’t quite the same thing as personality traits, which is what shows 0 shared environment effect.

    No. The shared environment impact on those things is also zero. See the Hatemi study above or my post The Atheist Narrative.

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  • What’s going on with this graph?
    Has immigration really decreased by two-thirds within the last five years?

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    I thought that too, but I think it's actually a function of the graph measuring ten year periods (1999-2009) against a final four year period (2009-2013). Immigration proceeds apace!
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  • JayMan says: • Website
    @Matt_
    Now, I had a feeling you'd try to dismiss it that way, but I'm talking about the aggregate of all Western European self reported ancestries together - Czech, Danish, English / Welsh, French, German, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, Swiss.

    Certainly there is a lot of shuffling within that group - people of mostly German ancestry imagine they're mostly of English ancestry, people of mostly English ancestry imagine that they're Irish, etc.

    But statistically insignificant would be shuffling in and out of that group. Do you really believe there are masses of people misidentifying themselves within and outside the above groups, enough to have a statistically significant effect?
    Nonetheless, stats -

    http://i.imgur.com/hzO7gh5.png - 4 Region Breakdown of the USA
    http://i.imgur.com/q7OxrwW.png - 9 Region Breakdown of the USA

    Considering only Whites of North and Central European ancestry*, the whole South region generally does about the same as the Midwest, and better in some areas. Of course, the East South Central region is weak. It's also the least populous part of the South. The Northern plains are weaker in education, of course, compared to most of the South, for the same White North-Central European groups.

    I don't hold high hopes for you being able to integrate much of this with your sense of reality, but that is how it is, nonetheless.

    *Those who aren't are mostly, outside the Northeast, various White Hispanics and people with American Indian ancestry, who are more predominant in the South than the North, for obvious reasons.

    @M:

    Here’s the problem: those who choose to self-identify a certain way may be (and often are) systematically different from those who identify another way. That’s what makes such analysis mostly useless. You’d need the methods employed here to get reliable answers.

    That said, I don’t find it implausible that outsiders to the South are smarter than the old stock inhabitants. The South never received large scale immigration, so what you could be seeing are transplants, who maybe smarter than average. The limitations remain in play, though.

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  • @Matt_
    On the comments on White Southerners, the summary stats on the GSS actually show White Southerners of European background (I.e. all north central euro countries, combining anywhere from France, to Ireland, to Scandinavia to Poland) to actually outdo the same ethnic category from the Midwest, in education, vocab test and income. Its actually quite interesting and I'll post the stats later when I am on my PC.

    Now, I had a feeling you’d try to dismiss it that way, but I’m talking about the aggregate of all Western European self reported ancestries together – Czech, Danish, English / Welsh, French, German, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, Swiss.

    Certainly there is a lot of shuffling within that group – people of mostly German ancestry imagine they’re mostly of English ancestry, people of mostly English ancestry imagine that they’re Irish, etc.

    But statistically insignificant would be shuffling in and out of that group. Do you really believe there are masses of people misidentifying themselves within and outside the above groups, enough to have a statistically significant effect?
    Nonetheless, stats –
    - 4 Region Breakdown of the USA- 9 Region Breakdown of the USA

    Considering only Whites of North and Central European ancestry*, the whole South region generally does about the same as the Midwest, and better in some areas. Of course, the East South Central region is weak. It’s also the least populous part of the South. The Northern plains are weaker in education, of course, compared to most of the South, for the same White North-Central European groups.

    I don’t hold high hopes for you being able to integrate much of this with your sense of reality, but that is how it is, nonetheless.

    *Those who aren’t are mostly, outside the Northeast, various White Hispanics and people with American Indian ancestry, who are more predominant in the South than the North, for obvious reasons.

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    @M:

    Here's the problem: those who choose to self-identify a certain way may be (and often are) systematically different from those who identify another way. That's what makes such analysis mostly useless. You'd need the methods employed here to get reliable answers.

    That said, I don't find it implausible that outsiders to the South are smarter than the old stock inhabitants. The South never received large scale immigration, so what you could be seeing are transplants, who maybe smarter than average. The limitations remain in play, though.

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  • @Matt_
    On the comments on White Southerners, the summary stats on the GSS actually show White Southerners of European background (I.e. all north central euro countries, combining anywhere from France, to Ireland, to Scandinavia to Poland) to actually outdo the same ethnic category from the Midwest, in education, vocab test and income. Its actually quite interesting and I'll post the stats later when I am on my PC.

    @M:

    Can’t trust ethnicity as reported in census/GSS. That’s why the methods described here were developed.

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  • On the comments on White Southerners, the summary stats on the GSS actually show White Southerners of European background (I.e. all north central euro countries, combining anywhere from France, to Ireland, to Scandinavia to Poland) to actually outdo the same ethnic category from the Midwest, in education, vocab test and income. Its actually quite interesting and I’ll post the stats later when I am on my PC.

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    @M:

    Can't trust ethnicity as reported in census/GSS. That's why the methods described here were developed.

    , @Matt_
    Now, I had a feeling you'd try to dismiss it that way, but I'm talking about the aggregate of all Western European self reported ancestries together - Czech, Danish, English / Welsh, French, German, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, Swiss.

    Certainly there is a lot of shuffling within that group - people of mostly German ancestry imagine they're mostly of English ancestry, people of mostly English ancestry imagine that they're Irish, etc.

    But statistically insignificant would be shuffling in and out of that group. Do you really believe there are masses of people misidentifying themselves within and outside the above groups, enough to have a statistically significant effect?
    Nonetheless, stats -

    http://i.imgur.com/hzO7gh5.png - 4 Region Breakdown of the USA
    http://i.imgur.com/q7OxrwW.png - 9 Region Breakdown of the USA

    Considering only Whites of North and Central European ancestry*, the whole South region generally does about the same as the Midwest, and better in some areas. Of course, the East South Central region is weak. It's also the least populous part of the South. The Northern plains are weaker in education, of course, compared to most of the South, for the same White North-Central European groups.

    I don't hold high hopes for you being able to integrate much of this with your sense of reality, but that is how it is, nonetheless.

    *Those who aren't are mostly, outside the Northeast, various White Hispanics and people with American Indian ancestry, who are more predominant in the South than the North, for obvious reasons.

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