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Re: Testing Paternal Aunt's DNA

?What tests and by whom have you preferred? I value your opinion.

My own dna was tested by African Ancestry which gave me a population in current-day Africa with whom my maternal line shares ancestry. They do not quote "haplogroups" as most other test companies do.

Later I submitted samples from three cousins to another company and the results were not what I wanted. They were "deep ancestry" with time ranges in the 46,000 to 50,000 years ago. That was a learning experience. The National Geographic project is also examining mankind's movement through the ages and quotes haplogroups.

African Ancestry's database is composed of samples from current African populations, with sampling from the main areas from which slaves were taken. I later submitted samples from 3 cousins to African Ancestry to get results to which I could relate.

I have also had the 'biodiversity' test from still another company. That told me that I have 82% SubSaharan African ancestry and 18% European, but not from where any of that ancestry came.

But the bottom line is what do you want to learn from the testing?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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