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DNA proving ATSI?

Hi, yes I've googled, but I couldn't make sense of it. Does anyone know if ATSI descent can be proven with those ancestry dna kits?
There have been rumours within the family that my grandfather was born out of an affair with an Aboriginal woman. But it's always been swept under the rug and forbidden to be discussed. To look at some of our relatives, you could guess something was up, but since it's so taboo, we were told it's "just a tan, now shut up".
To be clear, I have no ill intentions regarding the results, regardless of where they fall. It would just be nice to know.
Please, before you jump down my throat for being an asshole, try to understand that this would be for my own personal peace of mind.


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I am an Aboriginal person. It is my understanding that DNA is not sophisticated enough (yet) to detect Aboriginality.

Our culture is beautiful yet fractured, I love my people and my ancestors and I admire they’re resilience and struggles for it provides my family and I with a beautiful country to live in. One that has been well cared for and nurtured for thousands of years. How lucky are we? How lucky am I.

I love that you want to know more, and that you’re inquisitive and interested. Our people need more people like you. Thank you.

 *their resilience, sorry!
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I've heard previously that currently no, it can't be detected.

If it's true, what a shame no-one wants to embrace their beautiful indigenous ancestry 💔

 OP: I think it was embarrassing for my great grandmother. Imagine already having so many kids your husband has to go work away somewhere else, leaving you to run the farm whilst raising a small tribe of kids, and on one of his trips home (seems to me like he came home long enough to beat her and the children, knock her up, and then leave again) he brings a "half-caste" baby home and tells you to raise it. You're already terrified of his temper, but if you don't do what he says, he'll probably kill you or kick you out onto the street. So you live with the humiliation, and raise that baby as civil as you can (she beat my grandfather every day, but she still fed and clothed him).

I would like to learn more about the Aboriginal culture, but until I get confirmation of a blood tie, I feel like it would be insensitive. I'd feel like I'm patronising ATSI people. I don't want that. I want to be able to reconcile the new information with the heartbeat that raised me before I knew.

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 ^^Good on you babe xx
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 That's what I meant.
Sorry i should have explained it clearly. It WAS embarrassing at the time. They were treated like animals, so to admit relations with them was shameful. My grandmother died still bearing her parents "shame".

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 OP: Ah, I see. Sorry that I (and clearly someone else too) misunderstood.
I thought you meant we should be embarrassed by the possible connection.

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 I think it's lovely to hear such positive things for a change ❤❤❤❤❤
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 ^No you didn't misunderstand, I just didn't articulate my thoughts properly into words. But I'm glad you know what i meant now.
And you know what? I'm proud of my blood. Of my family's struggles.

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Your best option is to email where you would get the kit from and ask them. If your grandfather was born 100+ years ago, have you searched birth records? They were a mess back then but sometimes you get lucky.