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What the results mean

I recently got results of my DNA test. I was and am very pleased to get them but I truth be told I am not really sure I fully understand what they mean despite what I have read. This seems to be a pretty mature and knowledgeable group so maybe I can get a clear understanding from this group.

My paternal (Y chromosone) DNA match is 100% Yoruba. So what does that mean? I believe it means with absolute certainty, my father, my uncles, my sisters, my cousins (on my father's side of the family), my children, my grandchildren are all descendants of Yoruba men (and probably Yoruba women on my fathers side. In other words we all definitely have great.........great grandfathers who are Yoruba and we probably have great.............great grandmothers who are also Yoruba. I understand this is a far less definitive statement for the women compared to the men. Now is that right? Please help clarify anything that needs clarification. I want to be able to authoritively or at least confidently explain it to other family members.

Now the maternal mtDNA match is 99.4% Bubi, but also has matches with the Hausa and the Fulani peoples. This is were I get a bit unclear about what the 99.4% means relative the to Bubi, the Hausa and the Fulani. Can anyone explain it to me? Now my mother's side of the family, we have a reunion every year and my people are gonna wanna know that I know what I'm talking about when I explain our ancestry to them, but right now i am not sure I can confidently tell them what the results of the maternal ancestry matches mean, help me please. Are there questions I should be asking AA.com to get a clear picture of our maternal ancestry?

Now I realize all the Bubi, Hausa, Fulani, and for that matter the Yoruba are all from the same region, they are likely all related probably under the Bantu family umbrella, while I know that, I am not sure that helps clarify things or further muddies the water. Can you help clarify all this for me?

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What the results mean
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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