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Re: Has anyone used geneticancestor?

As Chad indicated, African Ancestry compares your markers (or differences from CRS for mtDNA) to their database of samples from specific African ethnic groups. They aim for a high-90s percentage match and if they don't find one they will not quote you an ethnic group. They will tell you they did not find a match.

Go to and look at what they tell you about their database.

My cousin's mtDNA was a 99.7% match with the Mende and the Temne of Sierra Leone. Her haplogroup is L3d, Ethiopia, with a timeline of 50,000 years ago.

Another cousin's Y-chromosome was a 100% match with the Kru of Liberia. His haplogroup is E, Africa, and 46,000 years ago.

A third cousin's Y-chromosome was a match (I don't recall the %) with the Bubi of Equatorial Guinea. His Haplogroup is E, Africa, and 46,000 years ago.

My own mtDNA was a match with the Tikar of Cameroon. I don't have my haplogroup yet as I had only tested with African Ancestry, and just recently sent my sample to the National Geographic project.

The population group info is from African Ancestry. The Haplogroup info is from Trace Genetics.

So I have had 4 tests done, and received matches to four DIFFERENT groups, not two.

The other companies are giving you more ancient ancestry while African Ancestry can use the same markers against their database to tell you where most people with those lineages live today and what they call themselves today. And likely where and what they were 200-500 years ago during the slave trade which brought our ancestors to the Americas. Their website also explains how they chose the groups to include in their database, to which by the way, they continue to add lineages.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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