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Re: DNA Tribes
In Response To: Re: DNA Tribes ()

Sherry, what a wonderful post. Thank you so much! Yes, Louisiana is one of a kind. I remember dating a guy who became so jealous when a cousin of mine came up to give me a hug. My cousin has blonde hair and green eyes, and the guy I was dating refused to believe we were related! Hahaha. Multicultual yes, but african american to my core. This is why I want to learn more about my african ancestry. I was surprised to learn about the european part of me - I mean, I knew I had a european background,but I didn't know what kind (i.e portuguese, spanish) - so that was enlightening. Now I want to know about my african ancestry. I know that the portuguese and the spanish people played a large role in the transatlantic slave trade. I'd like to know what role these people may have played in my ancestry. I also know that the portuguese used to marry the african women back then - I'd like to know if that was the case with my family. As I said before, on my father's side there were no slaves, at least from the census documents I've seen. I wonder why? They were labeled mulatto - I wonder could they have come over to the u.s. of their own free will, or were they sent here. Sent here from african or from portugal or spain. These are questions I may never know the answer to, but then again if these tests do continue to get better - maybe I will know one day.

The other issue I must add is that at this point - it seems that admixture is sort of confusing all the information. These results are all predictions right, I mean even african ancestry states that they are comparing our data to current day africa - what if my dna matches - let's say the mococcan berbers, because of the admixture -so they send me a report that that's where my ancesters came from - am I to take that seriously - of infer on my own that I'm actually from the fulani tribe that migrated north? I think I'm still just a little confused as to the validity of some the information I've seen out there. Don't get me wrong - I love having the ability to take these tests and if the information is really correct - wow - It't a whole new world to me - but if I have to do a lot of additional guess work after I've taken the test then...well I just don't know.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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