Admixture calculations provided by Eurogenes K13 on Gedmatch
It appears Miguel Juarez and Juana Conde had six children:
Pedro Juarez 1910-1935 married Micaela Yzaguirre
Teresa Juarez 1911-1927
Benito Juarez born about 1918, married Maria Rangel
Anna Juarez born 1920-1960 married Chavo Rosendez
Gertrudes Juarez 1924-1960 married Yzaguirre
Luz Juarez born about 1928
Anna and Gertrudes both passed away in 1960 and both of their death certificates state they were born in Texas.
There is a death certificate for a Miguel Juarez in San Benito, Cameron, Texas in 1963, but he is estimated to be about 88 years old at the time of his death. If he were born around 1892 as it says on the 1940 census, he’d have been about 71 years old if he died in 1963. The thing that makes me think it might be him is that the informant is Luz Juarez and that he is widowed.
My uncle appears as a closer match to cousins from the Sauceda and Garza side of the family than my mother does, so I decided to focus on his genetic communities instead of hers. I think Ancestry did very well with this feature.
My paternal grandfather’s Full Mitochondrial Sequence results came in yesterday, his haplogroup is C1c5, which Roberta Estes included in her list of provisional Native American haplogroups Extrapolated from Anzick match results. I have previously written about my paternal grandfather’s high amount of Native American DNA.
He has 2 perfect, distance 0 mtDNA matches among 14, one is Mr. Raymundo Linares. I wouldn’t usually share a match’s name, but in this case, he already has a deep mitochondrial genealogy out there published by Crispin Rendon. Mr. Linares’ furthest maternal ancestor was a woman named Josefa Gonzalez born about 1620 in Huichapan, Hidalgo, Mexico. My grandfather is likely not a descendant of Josefa herself because her children were born in Nuevo Leon, but Hidalgo borders Tlaxcala and that might is a clue to focus on the Hidalgo/Tlaxcala area outside of Mexico City. A huge THANK YOU! to all those who do this very neglected DNA test, especially for full sequence results.
I’ve mentioned my paternal grandparents on this blog before. My grandmother on that side passed away a while back and I regret not asking her more about her life while she was alive although there was a good chance she might not have told me anything. My grandfather is still alive and doing relatively well, so I decided to ask him if I could get a DNA sample to send to Family Tree DNA. He agreed, but it was totally one of those “this is your only chance he won’t say yes again” kind of things.
His results came back early and revealed that he is Native American. Pretty much just Native American. I’m not sure if this is what he and my grandmother were hiding, but he hinted that he didn’t want to discuss the results. I was pretty lucky to have obtained the sample. All he’ll tell me is that he was born in Tlaxcala, Mexico. I figured out on my own that he is using a fake name. He confirmed this and said he dropped his Native American name a long time ago.
Paternal grandfather’s DNA analysis using MDLP World-22 at GEDmatch. He is overwhelmingly Native American. Largest percentages:
North Amerind 31.05%
South American Amerind 12.26%
His mixed-mode population sharing results stood out to me because his best fit populations are a mix of North and Central/South American. He has 162 Family Finder matches and I noticed 5 matches with what appears to be exclusively Ecuadorian ancestry and 4 with Guatemalan ancestry. Two of the Guatemalan matches were adoptees, one was somewhere between a 2nd and 3rd cousin match.
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Last Tuesday I received an interesting email from Felix Chandrakumar:
“This is regarding your DNA having a genetic match with an ancient Amerindian DNA …
Just kidding, it wasn’t that dramatic. My dad’s parents are Joe Conde and Amelia Juarez Rangel, although I didn’t really think about that until recently. I wasn’t very close to these grandparents because, when I was born to teenage parents who did the best they could (a damn good job if you ask me), these grandparents didn’t feel old enough to be grandma and grandpa. Amelia also tried to convince my dad I wasn’t his daughter. I thought of her when my dad’s DNA results came in and did a little jig, even though we never doubted I am my father’s daughter.
My last name was Rangel, as was my dad’s, so I always assumed that was my grandfather’s last name. Later I noticed some of my aunts and uncles were Conde. As I got into genealogy I neglected my dad’s side because I feel very distant from them. As time went on, I questioned my dad’s (and his dad’s) last name. First off, it’s weird that my father has his mom’s maiden name but I had him join the Rangel Project at Family Tree DNA just in case. I couldn’t find a Conde project. In any case my father’s Y-DNA at 12 markers has no matches. None!
My dad asked an older brother about all of this, and my uncle admitted to having asked my grandfather because he also had his suspicions. My uncle said that my grandfather admitted his last name was false and told him his real last name which my uncle did not remember although he said “it sounded very indigenous.”