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Re: Surprising Results from DNA
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My mom's oldest-living first cousin, who is now 91, took the MatriClan test. Both he and my uncle are just two generations away from the people born in 1840's. African Ancestry was able to find identical (100%) matches for them and to only one ethnic group. My uncle's match was so strong, that Dr. Kittles has confirmed, like Chris Tucker's results, that our Mbundu ancestor was within 8 generations. Eight generations from my uncle puts my family lineage approximately into the early 1700's/late 1690's. Comparing the history of the slave trade out of Angola to So. Carolina to my family tree, it is very likely, regardless of DNA, that our Africa-born ancestor was within 8 generations from my Uncle.
My next plan is to have my father take the MatriClan test. But, if his aunt (biological mother's only sister) didn't live so far, I'll send in her samples instead of my father's. She's 96, and just two generations away from my great-great grandmother, her maternal grandmother, who was born in 1846. So yes, the older the person tested, the better results you might get, I believe. Maybe Dr. Kittles can confirm this analogy.
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