In October 2015 I published my first preliminary survey findings based on 23 Cape Verdean AncestryDNA results (see this link). Right now, almost three years later, I have managed to collect a sample group which is four times greater. Consisting of no less than 100 AncestryDNA results of fully Cape Verdean-descended persons! Even though this quadrupled sample size is obviously still limited it will most likely provide a greater insight in the various ways how “Caboverdeanidade” can be described. Genetically speaking that is. And obviously when applying the regional AncestryDNA format, with all its enhanced features as well as its inherent shortcomings 😉
In this blog post I will discuss the main differences with my previous findings from 2015, which were focused on the African breakdown solely. And in addition I will also present some new statistics and background information on the European and other non-African origins of Cape Verdeans as reported by AncestryDNA. Below an overview of all the topics I will cover:
- Background details of my 100 Cape Verdean survey participants
- To be Cape Verdean is to be mixed?
- Upper Guinean roots = “Senegal” + “Mali”
- Beyond Upper Guinea: valid outcomes or misreading by AncestryDNA?
- European breakdown reflecting mostly Portuguese ancestry?
- “Africa North”, “Middle East”, “European Jewish” and other minor regional scores
- Upcoming update of AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Estimates
Follow these links for my complete survey data & research methodology:
Table 1 (click to enlarge)
Chart 1 (click to enlarge)
Screenshots of individual results (rightclick and open in new tab to enlarge; island origins shown below)
More charts and analysis when you continue reading!