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Re: determining ancestry with small %

Hi to Vicki and All,

Vicki, thanks for your interesting and personally revealing message about African features in people with a small %. Yes, I too have the yellowish skin tone, which I've noticed is different from the usually pink-white Caucasian skin tone. Without getting too graphic, I've noticed that certain areas of my body have more of this yellowish color than others. Since I also have Native American and Asian DNA (but am roughly 85% European), my skin color may also show these influences. My face is and has always been quite ruddy. From time to time, people with lighter complexions have said to me, "You have a lot of color in your face!"

I can't say I have curly hair, although the underneath layers are wavy. I'm 53 and had no idea until a couple of months ago that I had any Sub-Saharan African ancestry, so it's been quite a journey. I've always been interested in African American history. The first time I voted in a presidential election, I voted for Angela Davis -- I think this was 1972 (?).

Vicki, have you had any success in discovering exactly who your African Amer. ancestors were? I'm working on this now. I'm following a few good leads but don't yet know who the individuals were. I suspect my Native and Afri. ancestry represents an intermarriage of two such individuals taking place in New England, probably Connecticut or Rhode Island.

Regards, Judy


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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