AN ENLIGHTENING VISIT TO THE ANCESTRAL PLANES

Last year I dismiss my worries about the government having access to my DNA (um…they probably already have it) because I wanted to learn more about my ancestry. I know they were stolen people brought to stolen land, but from which country (or countries)? By the time my results came back, I had already seen Black Panther 3 times, so you know I was hoping they would tell me I’m from Wakanda, but Wakanda is apparently a fictional place, le sigh. The good (and not at all surprising) news is that I definitely have African blood, but I was surprised by the amount of European heritage mixed in there. AND! One of the most surprising things is that I, in fact, DO NOT have any “Indian blood.” For the longest time, my family told me one of my great-great grandmothers was an indigenous person. Now, I know that’s definitely not true! So…if you’re interested in knowing what makes me me, according to the current scientific techniques of Ancestry DNA, then keep reading!

Sitting with the biggest slice of pie is a combo of Cameroon, Congo, and Southern Bantu Peoples with a whopping 38% of my DNA! What makes this such a surprise is that Congo is located in Central Africa, and I thought only the Western parts of Africa were involved in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Thanks to a quick Google search, I learned parts of Central Africa were also used to capture people because the demand for slave labor was that high. Rounding out the highest percentage of my African-ness coursing through my veins is Benin/Togo, which is 31%, so it looks like I’m part of the real Dora Milaje! Does that mean I actually am a member of the Wakandan Nation?! #WakandaForever

The next approximately one-third of my DNA is a mixture of African and European heritage! At 9% is the England, Wales, and Northwestern Europe trifecta. Next is Mali at 6%. Someone from the Motherland told me I looked like people from Mali, so it was cool to see that pop up in my results. Sitting with 3% each is Ireland/Scotland, France, Ivory Coast/Ghana, and Nigeria. I was hoping that Ghana would be a higher percentage because I studied abroad there during college, and lots of people assumed I was a native.

The remaining amount of DNA is mostly European with a small about of African heritage. At 1% each is Germanic Europe, Senegal, Portugal, and Eastern Europe/Russia. (WUT?!)  As previously mentioned, there was no American indigenous heritage. The official percentage was less than 1%. My Native American ethnicity is basically non-existent. #Shook

Your Turn

So…have you discovered your ancestral DNA? Where are your peoples from? Are we distant second cousins twice removed? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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4 Comments

  1. Genes are fascinating! My folks did the 23 and Me tests just for fun recently. They wanted to see both the health and the ancestry components. The test confirmed the Scandinavian, French, and German ancestry both of them have predominantly, but there were a few surprises in there. My mom’s grandmother was born in Rome but she has almost no Italian. Digging deeper, we discovered her grandmother was actually a Swiss immigrant who married into her Italian family. It was a great reminder that when we think we’re from someplace, are we really “from” there, or is it just a stopping point on the family’s journey, just one part of the story?

    The test also had some fun tidbits, like my mom is genetically predisposed to drink a lot more caffeine than average, that both of them wake up early in the morning, and that neither my mom nor dad are genetically likely to be able to match a musical pitch. My husband and I both want to take the test, and I’m curious to see what kind of mishmash of genes I got from my parents. Specifically that caffeine gene! 😀

    1. That is such an amazing story about your mother’s ancestry! I used the Ancestry DNA. I wanted to use another DNA kit to see if the results would be similar. After your story, I definitely want to go with the 23 and Me DNA kit. I wonder what kind of gene mishmash I have going on. 😮 My beau is reluctant about taking the test. I am trying to convince him to do it.

  2. Wow, that is so cool! I know my sister has done this (she lives in the US), but the results were kind of boring – since she’s from Lithuania (where I live), and Lithuania is a pretty homogenous country, so the results just said “mostly Eastern European” (no duh, we don’t need DNA tests to know that!) Apparently, it was more geared towards people with more mixed genetics than just Lithuanians, who might have a bit of German or French, but that’s still basically the same genetics as the other Europeans all around. So that’s a bummer xD I guess it really only makes sense to take the DNA test if you’re from America, so you’re bound to have like really mixed ancestry! But your results are very interesting 🙂

    1. Aww, that sucks that your sister didn’t discover some cool genetics mixed in all that Lithuanian DNA, but I guess it’s cool to have confirmation that she is in fact Lithuanian. 🙂 One of my friends will never take the test because she is afraid that it may tell her that she is not 100% Nigerian. That cracks me up every time!

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