A Conversation with Daudet

Daudet and I invite you to listen on parts of a conversation we had about ancestry DNA testing and finding distant African-African American relatives. This is about 14 minutes of a 45 minute conversation.

[YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDNtpQMt9s8]

Daudet’s family is of the Luba ethnic group, a Bantu group in the the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Daudet and his parents tested with AncestryDNA to determine if they were related to anyone among the African diaspora who were separated from his family through the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The relatives they could find would include African Americans, African Caribbeans, African Brazilians, and anyone of African descent who may have also tested with AncestryDNA. Because Daudet’s parents also tested, they were able to identify several distant cousins as being related on either the mother’s side of their family or the father’s side of their family. This additional measure was necessary because of the distance by generations between Daudet, his African Diapora cousins, and their common Congolese Luba ancestor parents. Continue to follow Daudet’s journey as he meets his African Diaspora kin.

Daudet’s Genetic Genealogy Information

GEDmatch kit #
Daudet A641281
Daudet’s mother A637046
Daudet’s father A281139

AncestryDNA user name: Daudet Ilunga
Daudet’s mother: A. T. (administered by Daudet Ilunga)
Daudet’s father: S. I. (administered by Daudet Ilunga)


  • Wow this is fascinating! Thank you for doing this. I am one of Daudet’s distant cousins!!

  • Brynda Fields-Williams

    How do I get started?

  • This conversation is fascinating in many ways. I enjoy listening to the excitement of finding someone who is finding their roots. I am highly interesting in a sense of belonging or community belonging and view it as a vital part of development and wellbeing. I am happy for everyone that is able to find their family history through this project.

    • Thank you Jasmine, I really appreciate your comments

    • Thank you, Jasmine. I also believe that a sense of community is vital to human development and wellbeing. I appreciate you mentioning this connection. Along with ethnic identification, my initial research project will focus on how these reunions through ancestry DNA testing influence sense of community among testers. Thank you for your thoughtful response.

  • After listening to this conversation, it just hit me, oh yes, that’s it,”Cave” America is a huge cave we lone to get out of. Our spirit is not happy, we don’t belong here. I feel that with in my soul. It’s like an overflow of my being is greater than America, Thanks for sharing your interview. I truly enjoyed listening to the happiness of his voice finding his lost family members. I will be looking forward to his journey in meeting his lost family members. Thanks.

    • Thanks a lot Wylene for your comments

    • If you “enjoyed listening to the happiness of his voice finding his lost family members”, imagine being engaged in conversations with him as he affirms my African identity. As an African American, it was quite validating.

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