African American DNA Research Forum
Re: DNA TESTING AND RESULTS
In Response To: DNA TESTING AND RESULTS ()
I had my Y-DNA tested by the Genographic Project which is offered by National Geographic who used the testing company Family Tree DNA. Once you are tested by Genographic Project and receive your test results you have the option of joining Family Tree DNA and have access to Surname Projects and they compare your DNA result with their database for matches and near matches. You also can purchase additional DNA testing such as mtDNA at a discount. FamilyTreeDNA database will tell you your Recent Ethnic Origin, which is where others who have tested ethnic origins,for example I have near matches in Senegal and Zaire but they don't tell you what tribe your DNA closely matches. From what I understand African Ancestry is more specific they analyze your DNA and if theres a tribe your DNA lines up with they can tell you. If testing cost ($359 for African Ancestry "$299 during February for Black History Month" versus $99 for the Genographic Project)isn't an issue then African Ancestry is the way to go. However, 30% of African American males DNA may be from Europe, if a slave owner/overseer fathered a child with a female slave, I don't know if Afican Ancestry can tell what European country your DNA may match. I want to encourage anyone who is thinking about testing to test because the more people who test the more opportunities you have to connect with lost relatives and fill-in some of the puzzle that slavery marred.
H. E. Lee, Jr.
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