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Study Migration Patterns

FYI. It'll be very beneficial that once you learn what ethnic group in Africa your DNA sequence matches (through testing done by African Ancestry, Inc.), it is important to study how long that group had been in that African country.

African Ancestry matches your DNA with present-day groups. That means that you are genetically connected to people in that group today. However, in some cases, it might not be where your ancestor was living at the time of capture during the transatlantic slave trade.

Let me explain. When my mother's sister's daughter (my 1st cousin) took the MatriClan test, it revealed that our mtDNA was a 100% match to the Fulani (aka Fulbe) of northern Cameroon. In my direct maternal lineage, I have been able to trace back to my 5th-great grandmother, who was born in Virginia circa 1770. From several sources, it appears that the Fulani of northern Cameroon, also known as the Adamawa Fulani, migrated into that country from Nigeria in the 19th century (1800's.) The Adamawa Fulani of Nigeria and the Adamawa Fulani of Cameroon are one and the same group. Therefore, it seems most probable that my direct maternal ancestry hailed from Nigeria. The Adamawa Fulani were there centuries before the transatlantic slave trade began, and they are still there...with branches of them going into Cameroon.

In another case, my mother's direct paternal lineage was a 100% match to the Mbundu of Angola. The Mbundu had been in Angola since the 11th or 12th century (I believe), several centuries before the transatlantic slave trade began, and they are still in relatively the same region of Angola today. Therefore, Angola is very likely my ancestral home as well.

Definitely analyze the migration patterns to see how long that group had been in that area. It may give you some more insight concerning where your ancestry really hailed from.

I hope I make sense. :)

Mel


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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