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Subject: Successfully Researching Slaveholding Ancestors – Andre Kearns – Medium
Date: March 31, 2017 at 8:59:09 AM EDT
“If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” — W.E. Hickson
African Americans face many challenges in advancing our family histories. One key challenge is successfully tracing back to slaveholding ancestors.
Most African Americans have European ancestry. Additionally a third of all black men have European paternal haplotypes which are DNA markers a father passes down to his son through the Y chromosome which can be analyzed to identify ancestral origins. Much of my European DNA comes from enslaved ancestors who were the results of successive generations of offspring between white men and enslaved women prior to the Civil War.
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