Thursday, May 3, 2012

What Does 1/32nd Look Like?

The Elizabeth Warren Cherokee heritage story looks like fun. Here are a few posts at Just One Minute to entertain you. Tom Maguire gives us this quote:

Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren climbs the family tree and finds a Native American in the upper branches:

A record unearthed Monday shows that Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has a great-great-great grandmother listed in an 1894 document as a Cherokee, said a genealogist at the New England Historic and Genealogy Society.

The shred of evidence could validate her claim that she has Native American ancestry, making her 1/32 American Indian, but may not put an end to the questions swirling around the subject.

I decided to to a text based representation of what 1/32nd looks like from an ancestral mix standpoint. First, I came up with this:

| White | White | White | White |
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| White | White | White | White |
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| White | White | White | White |
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| White | White | White | White |
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| White | White | White | White |
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| White | White | White | White |
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| White | White | White | White |
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| White | White | White | Indian |

Then I decided to come up with a more family tree looking representation. The problem is, to get to Great Great Great Grandmother, as is the case with the point at which Warren can claim Native American ancestry, the tree is waaaaay to wide to fit on a blog. So fellow JOM commmenter Extraneus came up with this. Each column with a W is a generation (parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc).

W = White; I = Indian:

W\
  W
W/ \
    W
W\ / \
  W   \
W/     \
        W
W\     / \
  W   /   \
W/ \ /     \
    W       \
W\ /         \
  W           \
W/             \
                W
W\             / \
  W           /   \
W/ \         /     \
    W       /       \
W\ / \     /         \
  W   \   /           \
W/     \ /             \
        W               \
W\     /                 \
  W   /                   \
W/ \ /                     \
    W                       \
W\ /                         \
  W                           \
W/                             \
                        Elizabeth Warren
W\                             /
  W                           /
W/ \                         /
    W                       /
W\ / \                     /
  W   \                   /
W/     \                 /
        W               /
W\     / \             /
  W   /   \           /
W/ \ /     \         /
    W       \       /
W\ /         \     /
  W           \   /
W/             \ /
                W
W\             /
  W           /
W/ \         /
    W       /
I\ / \     /
  W   \   /
W/     \ /
        W
W\     /
  W   /
W/ \ /
    W
W\ /
  W
W/

Be honest - did you spot the I on the first time through?

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