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Re: Trouble locating african ancestors

My brief comments are Africans migrated and lived in Europe long before the TransAtlantic slave trade. The world was not as racist at it is today and Europeans were, once upon a time, honored to have African ancestry. Even though there are those today who are classified as 'white' have at least 1 African ancestor that was obtained during 'slavery days', many of them brought their African genes with them to the Western Hemiphere. In that case, unless you can trace your family backed centuries, you may never know who those Africans were. Check out Dr. Runoko Rashidi's work as well as other African American Historians. Also many times, those who 'crossed over' first relocated, changed their names and disappeared.If you want to find where your 18% African ancestry is from, may I suggest DNA with AfricanAncestry.com, they will tell you todays country and the ethnic group. If you think your 18% is from the western hemisphere, when and where did your families arrive in the new world; did they have plantations, or lived near plantations, who were the neighbors, any other surnames used, and on and on. Also you can began a DNA relationship project and encourage others of African descent with same surname/location to participate.
Anyway, in search of roots, good luck to you and me!!
moy


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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