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Re: DNA testing & Ancestry
In Response To: Re: DNA testing & Ancestry ()

>Hello my name is Anna,i took the Af.Anc.test and it
>showed i was less then 1% temne from Sierra Leona it
> was really suprising since we know our Grandmother
>was a Mullato.It went through almost every mother i
>had all the way back to Africa.It left me
>wondering,so what else am i.I don,t know if being
>able to read the results can tell me that or not.

Refer to my answer to Joseph.. what the African Ancestry test did was your mitochondrial DNA which represents only a small percentage of your DNA.

The mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome tests are all or none. They tell you what one person was, many, many generations back. So ONE person was 100% Temne, but you don't know how far back that person was, but she is only 1% of YOUR ancestry, based on what you told us.

>The test is around two hundred fifty dollars.We
>suspect we have Indian blood too but there,s no way
>of knowing from that test you have to take another
>test to find that out.Those tests don,t come
>cheap.My cousin took the same test and it took him
>straight to Germany since then he,s taken another
>test that lead him right to the German ancester
>slaveholders that,s because their name was on my
>Grandfathers death cert.

In order to do this, you need to know the German ancestor and have a known (and willing) descendant of that ancestor for you to test against.

>He has had not one dna test that shows he is Black
> and he is just as Brown as i am.

Until he takes the full dna test, he won't. Your male cousin likely had the Y-chromosome test. And that represents a small percentage of HIS total DNA, just like your 1%. Somebody, somewhere back in his male line was 100% German. Approximately 1/3 of African American men tested have a European Y-chromosome, yet only 2% of African Americans (and Caribbean-British) have European mtDNA. These numbers tell us that it was European men having sex with African women. And doesn't our history tell us about the slaveowners and slave women? So no one should be surprised to have a European Y-chromosome!

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