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We all use the term Ethnicity to refer to our family origins. In fact, this term means many different things. It derives from the Greek word “Ethnos” which means “nation” or in a broader sense any group having a common descent (think shared DNA), common national heritage (think geography), or a common culture (think language, religion, and customs). It also gets confused with the term “race” which generally refers to physical characteristics.

In this discussion we’ll look at different situations where we use the term “ethnic” to refer to a common grouping. We’ll compare French Canadians, Ashkenazi jews, Polynesians, Italians, Germans, Polish, Irish, and British and see if we can better focus the term. We’ll also look at what the DNA analysis companies use to trace your ethnic origin based on DNA analysis and discuss why that’s somewhat different than we might think.

This will be a Zoom meeting on Monday, February 22, for this discussion. Here’s the Zoom link to use:
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