Discovering My Roots

For the past few years, I’ve been talking about discovering my roots. Sure I know who my grandparents are…I even know the name of my great-great grandmother on my mother’s side. I know a few of the stories of events that have happened in my family…good and bad…but that’s all I know. Since my mother’s passing in March of this year, it has become even more important for me to find out more about where we come from because it was something that she had always wanted to do herself. Like many African Americans, my history doesn’t really start until after slavery, but I want to know where my people came from before then…what part of Africa? What language did we speak? What are/were the traditions?. I’ve been told that we are from Nigeria, but I would rather make sure than start screaming I’m Nigerian only to find out that I’m wrong. I’ve finally decided to take one of the genetic test available that can provide some of the answers that I seek. I’m actually kind of excited about doing this….I might just post the results when they come in. For anyone reading who is interested in doing the DNA ancestry test, I am using genbase .

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