"The most important result (of DNA testing) is a vivid, tangible reminder that my family's history does not begin with slavery but has a rich heritage from centuries prior."
Shay at Booker Rising blog
We who live on the east coast of Barbados have all done it at one time or another… looked out at the Atlantic – stretching our vision and imagination beyond the horizon and across the water to Africa – and wondered, "Where do I really come from?"
Although my family has been on this island for hundreds of years and this is my country, my home and my culture, there has always been a small empty spot inside me that needs filling. And now, with advances in science, I will know where in Africa I came from… and so will my son and his son (if the Lord wills me a grandson, of course).
Like me, Shea at Booker Rising blog had no knowledge of his pre-slavery existence, but he participated in the National Geographic Genome Project – and now he knows…
Going from African American (or American of African descent) to Cameroonian-Chadian-Nigerian American (or American of Cameroonian, Chadian, and Nigerian descent) has been a most interesting one. Because there was a 100% DNA sequence pattern match between my mitochondrial DNA and that of the Mafa, Kotoko, and Masa tribes, I am learning more about these groups… The most important result is a vivid, tangible reminder that my family's history does not begin with slavery but has a rich heritage from centuries prior.
Yes, I am going to do this, and I'll let you know how it turns out. For US$100, I want to know. Grandmother said that as well as African, there is a little Irish in our family from a long time ago. Let's see if the science confirms the family tales.
Booker Rising Blog "African Ancestry & DNA Test: My Results"
Booker Rising Blog "Researching My Roots: Digging Up Background Information"
National Geographic – The Genographic Project
National Geographic article "The Greatest Journey"