As African Ancestry, Inc. becomes more popular in their effort in determining African ancestry through DNA, many people are intrigued by the possibility of learning SOME of their African heritage. However, the costs of the tests are a hindrance to many. Well, why not make it a family project in conjunction with an upcoming reunion? It is easier to gather $349 for the MatriClan test or the PatriClan test or $590 for both tests from a number of people versus one individual whose financial budget may not allow it at the moment.
I've recently started a DNA project with my family. Luckily, a number of family members are eager to contribute. Before long, we may have the $590 to get both the MatriClan test and PatriClan test done on two descendants - a male family member who carries the inherited Y-chromosome of Bill Reed and a female family member who carries the inherited X-chromosome of Sarah Partee Reed - the progenitors of our family.
As discussed within my family, here are ways this valuable piece of knowledge will benefit us as a family and individually:
1. Once the test results are in, this will be shared with everyone. More research on the African tribe will be done so that everyone can know more about them, and this information will be presented in the 2006 family reunion book.
2. Individual family members can take the test results and do more research on their own to learn more about the African tribe(s). Many school-age children in the family will have to do reports on their family roots, and they can take this information for any future reports. It appears that a LOT of teachers in elementary, junior, and high school are assigning family history reports to their students, as well as in college as well. Submitting a report on your African heritage will indeed be rare and great.
3. The themes of future reunions can be centered around the African tribe(s) we descend from.
4. Many people are now giving African names to their children. Selecting names from the African tribe(s) we descend from will now be
5. For people desiring to dress in African attire at future reunions, and wearing an attire from the tribe(s) we descend from will now be possible.
6. We can take a Family Trip back to Africa, visiting the people whose DNA is a match to our ancestors.
Just to name a few... But the main thing gained is KNOWLEDGE about some of our African heritage.
So...why not make it a Family Reunion Project?