Posts Tagged With: AFRICAN ANCESTRY

African Ancestry on SiriusXM

African Ancestry is excited to announce that we’ll be airing our own radio show during the month of October! Starting Saturday, October 1st, tune into African Ancestry Radio on SiriusXM Urban View Channel 126, Saturdays at 2pm EST/11am PST. Get your FREE trial at http://siriusxm.com/free-trial

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Another DNA Test

image1-4I’m really excited to get my mom’s results back from Family Tree DNA, it says we have to wait like month but I hope it’s really not that long. I’ve taken one from African Ancestry, AncestryDNA and 23 and me (I know, I know I am like a serial DNA test taker lol). According to Family Tree DNA they have tested several thousand people and currently hold the largest database that allows people to connect and possibly uncover common ancestors. Family Tree DNA offers tree different DNA test, first is Family Finder: an Autosomal DNA test which finds relatives within 5 generations, it will also give you your ethnicity breakdown, similar to AncestryDNA and 23 and me. The next one is the Y-DNA: this test is only for males, want to know your paternal linage? The Y-chromosome is passed down from father to son almost unchanged, the test looks for specific markers on the Y-chromosome. The Y-DNA test has versions, each one with a different amount of markers tested. Lastly is the mtDNA: females and males can take this test, like the Y-chromosome passed down from father to son a mother passes down the Mitochondrial DNA aka mtDNA almost unchanged to her children, if you want to find your maternal linage you’ll take this test, there is also two versions of this test. I’m looking forward to what I can learn from my mom’s results as well as making new family connections, I love connecting with my DNA cousins.  Questions for the readers, Has anyone taken a DNA test from Family Tree? If so what did you think?

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Legal Pad Pedigree Diagram

I’ve created a creative and simple (well I think it’s creative :0) pedigree diagram for my grandmother’s family.

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What’s In My DNA?

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A few years ago I ordered MatriClan DNA test kit via Africanancestry.com The MatriClan test traces maternal ancestry by analyzing the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) women and men inherit exclusively from their mothers. To simply put it its my mother’s mother’ mother’s lineage, the results showed I was of Nigerian decent on my maternal side. I could now pinpoint a place in Africa where my ancestors originated, and hopefully go visit one day. About a year ago  decided to take the ancestry DNA test kit via Ancestry.com   to see if my African results would be different, check out my results from the new improved  Ancestry.com.

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Who’s that?

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I wish I could see the faces of the people in this picture, a cousin told me one of the women standing on the porch is my great Aunt Angeline Walker Carter which was my great grandfather’s Dock Walker sister. I have no idea the who the other people would be. I thought about photo restoration but I think its too faded to repair,  I was still excited to see this anyway it gave me hope that there still might be other pictures out there of my other family members. I think we just have to ask, we’ll never know what someone has until we ask. So do you have some pictures you can share?

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In My DNA

In 2010 I bought an African Ancestry test to see what part of Africa my maternal line originated from. I was so excited to get my results back, instead of just knowing my folks came from Africa,( which is obvious) I could finally name a place (Nigeria) , name groups of people (Yoruba and Hausa) with whom I share the same DNA in Africa. Above is a video I just so happen to come across of different celebrities finding out their African ancestry.

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Michael K. Williams Discovers His African Ancestry

Checkout Actor Michael K. Williams as he discovers his African Ancestry through DNA

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