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Wow, thank you for sharing this. Having visited these locations on a study abroad program and having met Gabriel during our time there, gives this oral history much more meaning to me! It is a tough history to grasp but it must be told. Thank you!
Thanks for posting these updates, explaining some of the details of why our chiefs would had sold our ancestors into slavery, as I been told. I very well understand the nature of the white man by the his work.
We all have been tricked by these people, over and over again, up till the present day. Nothing has changed, but i thank those who continue telling the stories as they had been told to them. My heart rest a little easier, knowing that my ( our) people didn’t sell us out.
Thank you for sitting the record straight, so the healing can begin, and our spirit can be at rest.
As I was reading, with tears in my eyes, as I was thinking about my visit to Ghana. Thinking, this had to be “The Garden of Eden.” With all the warm weather, the tropical plants and all the medical trees, feeling this must be paradise.
I remember one of the village we visited, where all the resources went into one pile, and were divided among all the families in that village or compound. Everyone pulling together, each having their tasks to preform, and here’s where I realized that here in America, most parents taught with an order or command, and not by example. I felt my heart dropped on the inside…with a little guilt, because I didn’t know that you teach by example and not by an order, ”
Forgive me my children.”
After my visit to Ghana, I was a change person. My soul was at peace. I “Never” felt so free, a calmness of peace. I was and am truly blessed, and I can say, “I’m Truly Happy.” Thank you Ghana, Lakisha, and all the villages people. Thank you. Wylene Hameed.
I would love to hear more of the stories of the elders, of their way of life before the life of slavery.
Thank you for the hard work that you are doing to reunite African American families with our Africans cousins in particular African countries. I think what is also exciting is not only finding our cousins but finding what ethic background our cousins are and ancestors share. Like our Europeans brothers and sister can say with pride they are Irish, Polish or German, now we also have this chance as So- Called African American can say whether we are Ashanti, Ewe, Igbo or Yoruba etc.
Please contact me, Donna Turner, I have been praying for the day that I could find my family in Africa! Please, please, please call me at ######### and tell me what I need to do to start the process. I have completed my Patriclan (Akan of Ghana) and Matriclan (Bubi of Biko Island and Hausa, Fulani, and Tikar of Cameroon) from African Ancestry.
I think this is great are you going to expand to other country in African?
Thank you. Yes, I plan to expand to Cameroon and Congolese regions, but that will take some time and additional funding.
Hi, is the DNA testing kit available in Nigeria. I would love to try the DNA matching test after seeing Ade Omole’s story.
Hi, Tracy. Unfortunately, this particular kit is not available in Nigeria. Some have worked around this issue by having someone purchase the kit in the U.S. and taking it in their luggage when they visit someone in Africa. Perhaps this workaround is an option for you.
I always thought I was 100 percent European till it came up I had a 100% congolese great whatever grandparent. They traced the generation to 1700-1800s definetly the time of the slave trade. It was a big shocker, I did 23 and me and that’s not really available in the Congo so good to take ancestry dna. Other cousins of mine have the dna too so I know what side of the family it came down.
Hi, TJ. What are your plans after discovering that you have Congolese ancestors?
I want to now do the ancestry Dna test. They do the test all over the world, 23 and me is more limited. I even read people in the Congo were taking the ancestry test so hopefully I’ll find a relative. I also have indian in me a very small percentage I read a lot of British men had Indian women they had as concubines and sometimes had kids with they brought back to England, so I’m thinking that’s the only way I could show up with indian in me. I want to find my African ancestor!
Okay, and when you take the test with Ancestry.com, you can begin identifying African genetic matches by using this tool: https://tracingafricanroots.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/how-to-find-those-elusive-african-dna-matches-on-ancestry-com/
Wow! I match you on 42 Chromosomes at the threshold of 100 on GEDMATCH..
Wow! That’s pretty impressive! Have you contacted Ade?
No because I am not sure if it’s a true match.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can take a look.
Hi, Zakiya. Are you saying that you match Ade at a total of 100 cMs? If so, you are absolutely a match!
I just stumbled across this story when I saw the picture of Ade. Ade was my very first connection with an African ancestor. I remember getting very emotional the first time I spoke with him on the phone. Very nice article.
Thanks Cousin Dedra! I remember that day very clearly as well! I am only too glad that we are fortunate through DNA testing, to reconnect our link back to our common ancestor/root. Have a great summer!
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I just found out that I’m mostly Nigerian with some Ghanaian thrown in. Now what do I do with this information?
I hope you have found some of the tips in the answers to other questions in this post, useful.
Just to recap, it is a good idea to do one of the DNA tests mentioned elsewhere in this questions/response section and then follow up with going through your matches/relatives list for further clues and to see if you have matches who hail from specific places in Africa.
Best of luck in your ancestral search.
How did it work when you used the following to find African relatives in your results list? : https://tracingafricanroots.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/how-to-find-those-elusive-african-dna-matches-on-ancestry-com/
Amazing! One thing to point out is that African born people are descendants of the enslaved too. Families were torn apart, and forgotten. Now our ancestors are coming back home and reuniting with their loved ones through us all. Pray more people test. Congrats
Our people that was put on slave ships and brought to America did not come from Congo.
Actually, a significant number of Africans enslaved in the U.S. did come from the Congo and surrounding areas. There are several sources of credible research to find out more, but here is a quote from a quick search: “Of those Africans who arrived in the United States [388,000 directly from Africa], nearly half came from two regions: Senegambia, the area comprising the Senegal and Gambia Rivers and the land between them, or today’s Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Mali; and west-central Africa, including what is now Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon.” http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/what-part-of-africa-did-most-slaves-come-from
I am looking forward to getting her DNA results since I’ve recently found some African cousins from DRC. I hope she downloads her Ancestry raw data onto Gedmatch.Com.
Hi, Marsha. Congratulations on finding a cousin from the DRC. (I found a cousin from Cameroon.) I’ll have to ask Debbie if she would be willing to upload her DNA profile to GEDmatch. I would love to hear more about your reunions with your DRC cousins!
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I received a message that I am maternally kin to this family.I just my husband a day a go that I will be going to Africa, and tonight before checking my Ancestry.com page which I having check since last year to please take the test as well because my father past at 48 and he is the only male from my daddy…cost came up about paying to get it though. God timing is always on time! I would love to meet them!!!
Hi, congratulations on finding African relatives. Did you reply to the message that was sent to you? Did you get a response back yet? If not, please email me at email@example.com so that I can connect you. If you want to find out about your father, you don’t need a male to test, depending on what information you are looking for. It does not need to be a male if what you’re looking for relatives. For example, this Ghanaian family could be related to you on your mother’s side or your father’s side. The only way you can know for sure which side of the family this family falls is if they match a person on one of your parents’ side. That person could be an aunt, uncle, male/female cousin; the gender does not matter. I hope this helps.
Congratulations on your article been published. The article was well written with the pictures, and It took me back as if I was still there.
This trip was truly remarkable for me. My soul was restored and made whole. I am at with myself, and the most beautiful part about this trip; I got to share it with you, Lakisha David.
Thank you for sharing our experiences and all your support, and may God continue to bless you in your work to be successful.
Thank you, mom. I have pride in being able to share this trip with you. I’m still mentally processing visiting these sites.
Just revisiting, it will take time, and it will get easier in time.. By the way, I stil have my yarn bracelet, and the Shea Butter Nut or seed.. I will always cherish them.
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Wow this is fascinating! Thank you for doing this. I am one of Daudet’s distant cousins!!
Hello, Wanfon. Delighted to hear from you. Have you been able to contact Daudet?
Hello cousin. Nice to see the article as well as our common story of my 3rd great grand father Petu. Love you cuz. Bukie
I love you back cousin Bukie!
After reading this article,you make a good point of how DNA Texting can help build community and psychologically restore the foundation to the family life, and I look forward to the follow-up of this article. Thanks for sharing this story.
I AM A NIGERIAN. BUT ORIGINALLY BIAFRAN. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MY EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS. THIS IS A SAY THAT WE ARE HEBREWS. BUT NO ONE AT THE ISRAELI OFFICIALS WANT TO BELIEVE THIS. PLEASE LET US CONNECT IF YOU THINK OUR NAMES MAY ANYWAY MARCH.
Obinna have you taken a DNATest yet? If so make sure you download your kit into Gedmatch and if not get a DNA test and then get some of your questions answered. I also have Nigerian blood in my veins.
My name is Thurlani Omole though I know I am a Nigeria in Ghana from Ilesha but I don’t know any of my extended families apart from 3 of my uncles from my grandmother in lagos State and Ogun states and I hope I get to know more of them….
Thurla Omole: I think that you have a couple of good starting points – your uncles who still live in Nigeria and your knowing that your family originated from Ilesha, Nigeria. I think you should start by finding out as much as possible from your uncles.
You may also want to consider getting DNA tested. You might be surprised to discover cousins from West Africa that were previously unknown to you. For example, my closest match outside of my immediate family on 23andMe is a previously unknown 3rd cousin! I have also discovered Igbo cousins although all four of my grandparents were Yoruba from Ijeshaland in Nigeria.
I would be glad to know more about the DNA.. Well, I have asked only one of my uncle which I know he was conversant with ilesha town but I sense he doesn’t know much due to is lack of education though I had traveled to ilesha many times with the aid of my mother which I got to know my great grand father’s house I met one old man then but he was not ready to discussed with me and by the time I went there again the old is late.
Thank you LaKisha for this great write-up and for giving me and my cousins this forum, to share our story!
I am Richard G. Portis I been informed by family member Lynda Johnson that we share DNA.
I am in Pittsburgh PA USA lets connect.
This is such a beautiful story. The search continues for me, but stories like this give me hope.
I wish you the very best in finding your African family members!
Great news Ade!
My name is Frances Angela Barnett, I have been interested in finding were I come from, and I have not got to start from please help me to find who I am.
Hi Frances Angela Barnett, my name is La’Teshia Owens and about a month ago I took the Ancestry DNA test. I think that would be a good place to start. I believe they are the cheapest DNA testing website too. Once I took the test, a couple people in the USA, where I am from as well, has reached out to me. It is a slow process but surely you will meet more family members that way. Good Luck on your journey!
Hi Frances, I agree with Lakisha. I used the AncestryDNA kit and from there downloaded my kit information into Gedmatch.com. AncestryDNA starts the process and Gedmatch seals the deal. It is exciting finding out who your family is and reaching out to them. Currently I have been in touch with others that live in my area too. Good to get to know family.
Hello Jennifer – I have Chambers ancestors who were slave owners on the north shore of Jamaica. (This part of my family history is not something I am proud of, but has been proven by genealogy research.) If the Chambers branch of your family tree has any Jamaican roots, I can share our Chambers information with you. Are you aware of the Jamaican Chambers family Facebook page? Most of the people who post on the timeline seem to be descendants of African slaves.
Hello Angela – A DNA test might help you, especially if you learn that you have DNA cousins with Jamaican roots. The English Barnett family had MANY sugar plantations in Trelawny and in the Montego Bay area. After emancipation, it was common for slaves to take the surname of their former owners. If the Barnett branch of your family tree has any connections with Jamaica, some of your ancestors might have been enslaved on a one of the Barnett plantations. I got my DNA test through Family Tree DNA – ftdna.com. That company’s autosomal Family Finder test is on sale for $59 US – the cheapest price ever! The FTDNA Family Finder results include a very useful chromosome browser, which is not included on the Ancestry or 23and Me results.
I got my DNA test through Family Tree DNA – ftdna.com. That company’s autosomal Family Finder test is on sale for $59 US – the cheapest price ever! The FTDNA Family Finder results include a very useful chromosome browser, which is not included on the Ancestry or 23and Me results.
I didn’t mean for my response to Angela Barnett to be anonymous. I am Sharon Clayton in British Columbia, Canada. You can’t tell by looking at me, but about 5% of my genes are African. Because of genealogy research, I know the names of several of my Jamaican mulatto and quadroon ancestors who were born into slavery. My mitochondrial DNA test result indicates that my African ancestor who arrived in Jamaica on a slave ship was a female. Now I truly understand why I get so passionately enraged by the abuse of power!
Hello, Angela. I hope all of the tips provided by other seekers have helped you. How has the search been since January?
How do I get started?
Hello, Brynda. One of the ways to get started is to test through AncestryDNA and to create a family tree on http://www.ancestry.com. Please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can discuss more.
nice article cousin…
Thank you, cuzo!
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Congrats! Thanks for sharing….
Congratulations and thanks for posting your Gedmatch number.
Thank you Ms. David, for sharing the joy of our reunion. I am elated to meet my kin .
I want to celebrate it with the world. – Sherry Williams
Sherry, thank you, so much for sharing your story! I look forward to hearing more as the days and years go by. Ernest told me that there are videos of you dancing together. I would have loved to have included those! All the best to you and I’m keeping posted as more of your family members test and reconnect.
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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.