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Re: Where are Freedmen DNA testers

Greetings Angela,

I took the tests for 23&me as well as Ancestry; both results were basically identical as to ethnic makeup & percentages.

What I have found as far as Indian Territory Freedmen Descendants and possible connection was very interesting.

First, I have tons of ancestors that had several tons of descendants which means I have a good possibility of being related to a host of Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen descendants.

Not surprisingly the DNA results reflected just how connected we are as freedmen descendants.

What was most surprising was how many folks I connected with that had a great deal of european blood and very few "whites" with "Native American" blood despite the fact my DNA results reflected I possessed Native American ancestry.

What became more surprising was a small number of Freedmen Descendants that were related to me by distant ancestry that also have evidence of Native American blood.

There were one or two descendants that had ancestors on Equity Case 7071 that I knew about; one in particular Jenny DAVIDSON Chickasaw Freedmen #390 (I think that was the card#)

When I looked back at her case it was surprising that the ancestor she claimed was her ancestor was related to the LOVE ancestor my great grandmother.

It has become obvious to me that the freedmen need to invest more time and energy in using the DNA evidence to determine their connection but in a lot of ways my research confirms a lot of what I already know about certain connections.

The one that tends to bother me is the numerous people who have chosen to remain anonymous who share DNA connections (white/black&red) apparently there are plenty of people who have yet to reconcile their connection to freedmen and their history and have chosen to remain silent.

We who are freedmen descendants have a wonderful and fascinating history that continues to be marginalized and all but forgotten by mainstream historians; we shouldn't be fearful of reconnecting these families and inform the world of this unique history.

I guess in a certain sense, once you have a DNA connection you really can't hide it even if you take the anonymous approach to displaying your DNA results, the science exposes our connections, may as well take the next step and own it?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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