Sunday, December 29, 2013

Looking For Cousins: My DNA Results from & 23andme, Yvette Porter Moore

On May 12, 2012, I did a post on my RootDigger Blog presenting my DNA Ancestry Composition results.  If you would like to look at this post go to What Are My Maternal Genes Saying About Me?  The percentages of ancestry revealed were:  48% European, 33% Africa, and 18% Asia.  The percentages have changed somewhat over time, as more and more people having their DNA submitted, making the details of the percentages become more and more precise.

My purpose of wanting to do DNA is to link with my ancestor's descendants.  I was adopted, so when I was successful in my reunion on my maternal and paternal lines, I still had many more questions, of which have not been readily answered or available.  

Recently, it has been revealed to me that my maternal grandmother Esther Munoz Espinoza's biological father was not a Fernando M Munoz.  The story is that Fernando married Maria Zavala sometime after Maria's husband Leonardo Manuel Hernandez left her to go visit his mother, and never returned.  It was also told that Leonardo did not go to visit his mother who lived in Texas but went or stayed in Los Angeles where his other family resided.  Leonardo's mothers name is not known and neither are the wives he may have had.  I am hoping that the DNA matches may lead me to family in Los Angeles with the Hernandez surname.  It is possible that Leonardo was born in the 1890's.

This by no means has stopped me from researching the Munoz' ancestry as many of my cousins have the Munoz ancestry.  Whatever information I can document will be beneficial for my family and the next generations.

Below I am showing my speculative report.  There are two other reports such as conservative and standard.  I believe speculative is most likely the more accurate picture of my DNA report...I have always hung out on the edge and have not been very conservative.  Also the Speculative report tends to match up more accurately with my, so this one will be the one I share.

Yvette Porter Moore
Speculative DNA Report
so my percentages came out to:37.4% European with a breakdown as to the various types of European.  I was intrigued by the 11.1% Iberian. The test also revealed 36.2% Sub-Saharan African...of which 36% from West African and 0.3% from Nonspecific Sub-Saharan African, and then 22.9% East Asian & Native American. There is a 0.1% Middle Eastern & North African and 3.4% unassigned.  I tend to believe that the 3.4% is Native American.

My Chromosome View [Speculative]

Chromosome View
Yvette Porter Moore

My results were:

39% Africa, 23% Native American, & 36% European

Yvette Porter Moore Ancestry

The Countries that my Genome's covered are below.  I would have assumed that the percentage of Mexico would have been greater as my maternal ancestry is in the Old & New Mexico areas [Arizona, California & New Mexico].


Please: If there is anyone out there that knows of a similar story about a Leonardo Manuel Hernandez, please contact me.  The areas in which he may have lived are, California, Arizona and Texas.  


  1. Interesting. Good luck with your search. I like the speculative view best too.

    1. Thank you Kristin. It is good to know that I am looking more at the most favorited view.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm in conversation now with an adoptee trying to find his father. It only occurred because I was checking updates on the Gedmatch data I submitted. Updates are being made to the testing sites everyday. Keep checking...things have a way of working out. All the best to you in your research.

  3. Well I must say, you have certainly accomplished a great deal. Congratulations I think it is fascinating I think you were fortunate to learn what you have. Be Blessed.

  4. Great job presenting the DNA data, and good luck in using it to find out more about your ancestry.

  5. I really like how you are able to research/trace your family history through DNA. DNA testing is a wonderful and valuable tool. Thank you for sharing your story. I do hope your find more information on Leonardo Manuel Hernandez.

    1. Thank you Bernita...I guess I better call on my ancestor. :-)

  6. I pray someone comes forth who knows more. Great post as always :)

    1. Thank you Andrea for your will wishes. I hope someone comes forth too. :-)