THIS. IS. MONUMENTAL.
African Americans and other people of the African diaspora reconnecting with their continental African families is POSSIBLE…AND IT’S HAPPENING NOW.
A Ghanaian woman used autosomal DNA testing and discovered that she had approximately 20 African diaspora cousins who had already tested with the company. She connected with one African American cousin through facebook and a Trinidadian cousin through personal email exchange. Learn more about this process through The African Kinship Reunion (TAKiR).
My research, as a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), examines this process of kinship discovery and formation as well as its influence on sense of self, sense of family, sense of community, and African transnationalism. Because of the growing access and popularity of genetic genealogy among people of African descent, I am also examining the use of participatory action research (PAR) to develop a program to use this existing trend to improve the well-being of those who seek to explore their African ethnicity and global citizenship.
Through the pages of this website, you will come to learn more about other first and second generation Africans who have conducted autosomal DNA testing and reached out to their cousins of the diaspora. You will learn more about kinship restoration and community building across borders as well as my own reactions to related events. I would like to hear from you as well. Feel free to leave lengthy comments after blog entries or email me for dialogue about TAKiR.