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Re: Haplogroup I
In Response To: Re: Haplogroup I ()

>Because of slavery, we can't find out about our African Heritage
>either. Before 1870, we have no names and I can't find out who my gr
>grandfather's mother was.

But isn't this the reason so many African Americans are doing Genetic Genealogy in the first place? Because we can't find records?

No, you may not find your WEST ancestor by name, but if you search among your living folks, you may find a DNA trail back to Africa.

On my paternal side, I have not gone past where I was when I started, so I still don't know my great-great grandfather's name, but I did have my father's brother's son tested which gave me my paternal lineage back to an African ethnic group, the Bubi of Equatorial Guinea.

And I still don't have any idea of who my paternal grandmother's parents were, but I tested a cousin to give me grandma's mother's mtDNA lineage: The Mende and Temne of Sierra Leone.

Work some of those "inside" lines. I have results for 4 lines in my family, obtained by testing myself and 3 cousins. And I've mapped out a 5th line, descendants of my great-grandmother's sister, whose mtDNA results would give me the lineage of my mother's father's mother's grandmother. Whose name I don't know.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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