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Re: determining ancestry with small %


Thanks for your responses! Do you recommend a particular mtDNA test? I'm really not sure if it's from my mother or father. I think it's from my father because his family traces back to the 1600s in Virginia and they were all over the South. I'm sorry to say back in the day many were slaveowners.:( I'm ashamed to write that...So I believe it's from his line. He was born in Alabama. My grandma is from Lowndes County. I'm from Michigan, I was adopted and found out who my bio parents are. I told my Southern grandmother that I was doing family tree research and could we possibly have African ancestry because on the Mormon Family Search website many people with the same first and last names were listed as black, white, or mulatto on the census. Digging back further in the 1800s many were listed with traditional names but many were Chloe, Harriet, Jemima, Mahala, Minerva, Napoleon Bonaparte, King, Seaborn. I'm not sure if these names have any links to the African heritage but I think maybe. And I'm also not sure why the tree just stops in a couple of spots and the spelling of the last names change. My grandma says because her dad didn't want people to know they were Jewish. It's confusing. She had always mentioned Native American for sure. Her reply was "Do we look African?" I said no....(maybe a little but I didn't say it.) She did not get upset or anything and said we are not mixed, we just have Native American blood. But she never denied my question with an outright NO! I said I knew some of our relatives were slaveowners and could it be possible if we went back far enough. She said it might be possible if we went back far enough. I didn't tell her my test results. Well, there's info. for you. Sorry to make this so long. Please write soon with what mtDNA test you recommend. I really appreciate it! Didn't mean to bore you with too much information! :)



18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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