In 1986 respondents were invited to trace their ancestry back to their grandparents and were given space to insert up to three nominated ancestries.
This time the census gave a total of 72,956 Maori, but the impact of lost ancestries was even greater.
Individuals can provide a maximum of two main ancestries 'with which they most closely identify, if possible'.
The majority of persons of the first generation of most Western European ancestries (except the English) have partners of a different ancestry.
Irish is among the top five ancestries
in every state but two (Hawaii and New Mexico).
The list of ancestries contains over 400 categories in the Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) created from the 1980 and 1990 censuses.
In the case of multiple ancestries, it also asks respondents to identify the response to which they feel closest.
Prior to taking the test, we asked people what they thought their mix was and so many people believe their ancestries are 100 percent of something like African, European, Asian, etc.
myDNAmix is an admixture test that determines various ancestries included in one's genetic make-up.
It was not possible at the time to examine intermarriage in the second generation of Asian ancestries
because most of the people concerned were still quite young in 1986 as most Asian migration to Australia occurred after 1970.
The 2000 Census allowed for a representative sample of people to write in two ancestries
, such as Armenian or French Canadian, in addition to the information provided by everyone about their race and ethnicity, which includes all Hispanic groups.
Sorenson Genomics is also the official DNA lab for African Ancestry, which co-produced the acclaimed "African American Lives" PBS television series tracing the ancestries
of Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and Quincy Jones.
The 2000 census allowed for a representative sample of people to write in two ancestries
, such as Dutch or Afghan, to go along with all people's response to race, such as white or black, and ethnicity, which includes all Hispanic groups.
and social justice icon Marcus Garvey, DNA roots tracing has confirmed they have something genetically in common: Both their paternal ancestries
trace to Europe; and both their maternal ancestries
connect them directly to Africa.
Tracing maternal ancestries
is an extremely rewarding experience for families," said Sorenson.