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Re: DNA Match
In Response To: Re: DNA Match ()

When I say "specificity", I mean, can they tell me something like:
1. Your direct maternal line (mother-to-mother-to-mother) matches the ..........
2. Your father's direct maternal lines matches the .......
3. Your mother's father's direct paternal line matches the......
4. Your mother's father's mother's direct maternal line matches the......
5. Your mother's mother's father's direct paternal line matches the.....
6. Your father's mother's father's direct paternal line matches the ......
7. Your father's father's mother's paternal line matches the ........

According to their site, this is the type of results they will send you: My question: Where do they specify the part of your family tree these different nationalities apply to? Looks like they only provide a country, not an ethnic group. Therefore, the number of gggg-grandparents, etc. is not applicable with their test.

My main, personal focus is uncovering my African background with as much specificity as possible. With African-Ancestry, I can get the specific African ethnicities of all of those 7 lines above (and more) from samples from family members. DNA Tribe's website states the following:

"Your unique genetic profile will be compared to the following African populations. Sample sizes for each population are included in parentheses:

African (Cape Town, South Africa) (98); Angolan (100); Angolan (110); Berber (Asni, Morocco) (105); Berber (Bouhria, Morocco) (104); Benin (102); Egyptian (140); Egyptian (28); Equatorial Guinea (134); Guinea-Bissau (92); Hutu (Rwanda) (52); Kesra Berber (Central Tunisia) (44); Maghrebi (118); Mozabite (Algeria) (44); Mozambique (100); Mozambique (110); Nigerian (96); Saharawi (North Africa) (52); Sudanese (98); Tunisian (196); Tutsi (Rwanda) (114); Zriba Arab (Central Tunisia) (45)"

African Ancestry, Inc. has the largest African Lineage Database in the world, with over 25,000 African lineages. They mainly focus on the West and the West-Central areas of Africa, (incl. Mozambique and Madagascar, and a few other eastern nations) where the African ancestors of African-Americans hailed from. So, looks like to me, even if I can get an African identity for 7 out of my MANY lineages, it's a great 7 compared to not getting specifics on even 1 lineage.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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