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[JAMAICA] JACKSON, Colin

Who Do You Think You Are?
 Colin Jackson

Colin was born and brought up in Wales, but knows that his parents came from Jamaica in the 1960s. To help untangle his roots, Colin started his research by taking a DNA test.
His DNA test results were relatively surprising. His genetic make-up consisted of 55% Sub-Saharan African, 38% European and 7% ‘native American’.
“Native American” links Colin with the original inhabitants of Jamaica, the Tanio.

From talking to his parents, Colin is able to piece together some of his history. His maternal grandfather, Dee, arrived in Cardiff in 1955 to find work, and brought his children with him. His wife Maria stayed behind and the family lost contact with her.

Colin’s search uncovers a link to a slave plantation and the large Scottish community on Jamaica at the time. His story then moves from Jamaica to the Panama Canal and back again


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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