African American DNA Research Forum
Re: Which test is which?
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I've read and also I have been told by at least two Africans (one from Nigeria and the other one from Ghana) that the term "tribe" is offensive and not an Africa-originated term. What is your take on that?
As far as part of your other message to Angela, I agree. Claiming all of them is very reasonable, but there's just something about specificity - knowing which specific ethnic groups to apply to which specific family lines - that is even more exciting, emotional, and spiritually-fulfilling.
Taking a very rough guess, most African-Americans probably start to have African-born ancestors in the family tree roughly in the 8th-generation of their family tree...probably sooner or later, depending on a number of factor. However, I will use the 8th-generation as an example. In that generation, an African-American has 128 ancestors (5th-great grandparents). Since most African-Americans are genetically intertwined with other ethnicities, let's say that of those 128 ancestors, 80% were Africans, for a number of 104 African ancestors. Just think of how many African ethnic groups those 104 ancestors were apart of. So yes, it is very reasonable to claim all.
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