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Re: Which test is which?
In Response To: Which test is which? ()

Hey Cuz!
I truly understand your concern and often wonder the true signifance of some of these other DNA tests...such as a test to tell you that the majority of your ancestry is subsaharan African. This is something that I already know...what specific information can be learned?

Well, its time to explore my father's DNA. When my Mom's niece (sister's daughter) took the MatriClan test, that meant that I didn't have to since our mtDNA is identical. And from that, we learned the African Ancestry of my direct maternal line (Fulani, Cameroon). And when my Mom's brother and first cousin took the PatriClan and MatriClan tests, respectively, that gave us my maternal grandfather's direct paternal and direct maternal lines (the lines of Bill & Sarah Reed). That's three lines for my Mom's family, so now it's time for Dad's.

My father's biological paternal grandfather, Albert Kennedy, was fathered by the slave-owner, according to family lore and pictures; therefore, I carry an European Y-chromosome :( and I desire not to test that line. My next phase, however, is to have my father take the MatriClan test. On this line, I can trace back to my great-great-great grandmother, Caroline Morris, born in VA c. 1815, so I am curious about her mtDNA, which my father carries via his biological mother, her mother, and her mother who was Caroline's daughter.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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