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AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins: Couples Genetic Science with Historical Records

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Collections

Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their ancestral heritage for centuries. With test takers on average having at least three and a half regions in Africa as part of their genetic ethnicity estimate, African Americans are learning more about their own ancestral “melting pot.”

 

Using state-of-the-art technology developed by the dynamic team of genetic scientists at AncestryDNA, people of African descent are able to identify their ethnicity beyond just a continent.

 

  • The AncestryDNA test provides a detailed and personalized estimate of genetic ethnicity for 26 regions across the globe.
  • These regions include a total of 9 African regions, of which 6 different countries/regions are within Western Africa: Benin/Togo, Cameroon/Congo, Ivory/Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.

 

Additionally, Ancestry.com has collected, preserved, digitized and indexed one of the most comprehensive collections of historical records online relating to the African American community. The records, which include Freedman Bank Records, US Federal Censuses, The California African-American “Who’s Who” and others are extensive, historically-rich and encapsulate the history of African Americans in the country.

 

Now through February 28th, Ancestry.com is offering a comprehensive package for African American discovery:

 

  • Includes the AncestryDNA test and one-month free access to all U.S. record collections on Ancestry.com, including the African American records. This is access to more than 10 billion records, photos and images.
  • Available at a price of $99

 

For more information about the resources available on Ancestry.com, or to start uncovering your own African roots, please visit www.ancestry.com/AfricanAmerican.

 

Quotes:

Dr. Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA: Through the expanded capabilities of AncestryDNA, African Americans can learn more about the many regions that are part of their ancestral lineage. No longer do they have to be content with the blanket ethnicity of African. AncestryDNA is connecting customers of African descent to the people and cultures that are part of their heritage, and that can be a really exciting discovery for those whose family history journeys have been cut short or unrevealing through records alone.

 

 

3 comments

Comments
1 Rebekah MendozaFebruary 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

Although I would be considered a “lily-white” Anglo-Saxon by most, I believe my 9th great grandfather was a black man and his father a Bantu warrior. The first results from the DNA test were about as expected. The second results Ancestry sent were a lot more refined, but still didn’t show so much as a trace of African heritage. I was pretty disappointed in the results even though I still believe the stories were rooted in truth. I guess 9 generations are too much of a dilution to show up.

2 Michael A. GreenFebruary 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

Folks,

I love Ancestry.com. Enjoy using it. Think it’s a great tool. So, please know that it pains me to write that I’m extremely disappointed in the DNA results you provided for me. I’d say that you might have gotten 25% of the data right. The rest was absolute hooey.

I can trace my ancestors back more than seven generations. In two of my four lines, much farther back. And, I knew most of this well before I had my first happy encounter with your product. Family records and my personal pre-computer research were only confirmed by information Ancestry.com provided. But, this DNA ‘information? It has no basis in reality.

I’m extremely disappointed.

Michael Green

3 Carolyn A MorrisMarch 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

My daughter collected my DNA my means of Ancestry.com. I am just on pins and needles, because my mother told me that we ar part Watachi Native American and part Caucasion, and part African American. My dna was collected just 2-3 days ago. Her name is Montoya Megerle Barker, My name is above.

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