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Re: DNA Testing - New Options, New Questions
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Nice article. But, I think most people will understand or realize that African Ancestry only analyzes two lineages - your direct maternal lineage (mother to mother to mother to mother, and so on), and your direct paternal lineage (father to son to son to son, so on).
However, just having a "genetic verification" of some of your African heritage is still more than many of us has ever had or can have. I can say that "I am Fulani" with more certainty because of my first cousin's MatriClan results, but I am pretty sure that I can claim other tribes as well through other lineages. However, my Fulani link is definitely genetic, and knowing that one part of many is still worth the money.
Just last week, during a class presentation where I had to present some family history, showing pictures of several ancestors, one of my classmates told me that my features and my family's features look like the Fulani. I said to him, "Are you kidding!". This classmate is a middle-aged African originally from Sierra Leone. I told him that his comment shocked me because the DNA test says that my maternal family's DNA sequence is a match to the Fulani (or Fulbe) that resides in northern Cameroon today. I had not even mentioned this when he made this observation! I hardly got through the rest of my presentation! LOL
My family has started a DNA project. See http://www.geocities.com/reedpuryearfamily/dnaproject.htm
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