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I took a maternal DNA test about a year ago, and the results were interesting to say the least. However, the test, which showed my percentages at 87% European, 8% Native, and 5% African was lacking in some areas. The test is based on the 7 sisters of Africa, and my sister was Tara, who entered Europe from North Africa. Now, my mothers first cousin took a maternal line DNA test which is more conclusive. It shows that our maternal line is from the Barbers of Morocco. They were the Moors who entered Europe through Spain, and Portugal.

That is not the interesting part, I have another ancestor, who was from Guinea. Her people are the Malinke, and Mende Group, who were part of the Mali Empire. They were Muslim, and they were also Berbers from North Africa, who traveled the opposite direction, and settled in Guinea. My Great Great Grandmother, Leah Ruth Warner, was born in Guinea, and sold as a slave in South Carolina. Through her oral testimony I was able to connect to the Malinke in Guinea.

The DNA test I took in 2003 traced my Lewis family line from Virginia, through Breconshire Wales. Although this line is considered European they were part of the Moors who entered England with King Arthur (their documented line goes back to 462 AD). John Lewis migrated to Virginia in 1650, and his great-grandson, also named John Lewis was my direct ancestor. The DNA test proved this line, and some of the white Lewis line have assisted me with charts etc. So here we are with two lines, one coming out of Guinea, and the other coming out of Morocco, with a common thread, the Berbers.

Although I did write about my 2003 test in my book, the last test was not included. My brother took a male line DNA test for our paternal grandfather, and they found his pool in Columbia South America. This is soooo very interesting.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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