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Re: Please explain this
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Hello Mona,

I think this article written in 2006 does not clearly explain Dr. Kittles 30% statement.

The statement I remember Dr. Kittles making at the May 2004 meeting of the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley (AAGGMV) was that approximately 25-30 % of Black American males tested have a Y-DNA Haplogroup which indicates a deep European male direct line lineage. (father's- father's-father's-father's, etc.)

I believe the article erred in not making the distinction between mtDNA (mitochondrial) for testing the direct lineage of an individual's mother and the Y-DNA testing for paternal lineage, also the article, written in 2006, doesn't reflect auDNA (autosomal DNA) testing now widely used by Black Americans, men & woman, to determine their African lineage. In defense of the article auDNA didn't become "popular & widely used" until a date later than 2006.

Mona, I hope this helps to explain the paragraph for you.

BTW, I fall into that 25-30 % of Black American males with a European Y-DNA haplogroup.

Art Thomas

photo description:

Description: Dr. Rick Kittles, Scientific Director of African Ancestry, Inc. addresses AAGGMV at its monthly meeting. Dr. Kittles was an authority on DNA and African American genealogy.
Date Taken: May 22,2004
Place Taken: Central State Univ.
Owner: Milt Coleman

Mona wrote:

I read this paragraph and did not understand it. Can someone explain it to me please. It is from an article that was in USA Today.

>>About 30% of black Americans who take DNA tests to determine their African lineage prove to be descended from Europeans on their father's side, says Rick Kittles, scientific director of African Ancestry, a Washington, D.C., company that began offering the tests in 2003. Almost all black Americans whom Kittles has tested descended from African women, he says.

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