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From: "Lee Anne Center" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] How do you figure what generation to look for Indian ancestor?
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 10:36:56 -0400
Thank you for clearing this up Mark. I asked because I didn't know and my
cousin said that he had a Cherokee tax accountant some time ago (who has
since moved) and that he had indicated that you could not simply divide in
half for each generation.
----- Original Message -----
From: Mark P. Line <>
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] How do you figure what generation to look for
> --- Lee Anne Center <> wrote:
> > Given that a mother has 1/32 Cherokee blood, how do
> > you figure out what generation an ancestor came
> > from?
> The technical answer: If your mother descended by 1/32
> from a single full-blood Cherokee ancestor, then that
> ancestor would have been 5 generations before your
> mother because 32 is 2 to the 5th power (2x2x2x2x2).
> The easy answer: If you're uncomfortable with the
> mathematical approach, just figure it out backwards --
> your mother is 1/32, so one of your gp's was 1/16, so
> one ggp was 1/8, one 3gp was 1/4, one 4gp was 1/2 and
> one 5gp was full-blood Cherokee. We arrive at the same
> answer, 5 generations before your mother.
> > If a father also has Cherokee blood (maybe 1/32
> > also), how does that change the percentage that the
> > children have?
> Think of it like this: Let's say your mother is 1/2
> French and 1/2 German, and your father is 1/2 Polish
> and 1/2 Swedish. You get 50% of your genetic heritage
> from your mother and 50% from your father, so from
> your mother you inherit 50% of 1/2 French and 50% of
> 1/2 German -- that would be 1/4 French and 1/4 German.
> From your father, you inherit 1/4 Polish and 1/4
> Swedish. So all in all, you would be 1/4 French, 1/4
> German, 1/4 Polish and 1/4 Swedish. That makes a total
> of 4 quarters, adds up to a whole you!
> Now what if your father were 1/2 French and 1/2
> German, just like your mother? You work it out exactly
> the same way: You're 1/4 French and 1/4 German from
> your mother, plus 1/4 French and 1/4 German from your
> father. In total, that makes you 1/2 French and 1/2
> German. Makes perfect sense, too -- if both your
> parents are 50/50 French/German, then you're 50/50
> French/German too.
> Now, to the question you actually asked... :)
> If your mother is 1/32 Cherokee (and 31/32 something
> else) and your father is 1/32 Cherokee (and 31/32
> something else), then you inherit half of your
> mother's 1/32 Cherokee (that's 1/64) and half of your
> father's 1/32 Cherokee (that's another 1/64). So in
> total, you're 1/64 + 1/64 = 2/64 = 1/32 Cherokee. This
> makes perfect sense, too: if both your parents are
> 1/32 Cherokee, then so are you.
> Hope this helped.....
> Mark P. Line (San Antonio, TX) <>
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