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Genetic Results

I was able to access my genetic journey from National Geographic. Women can only trace their maternal lines, and interestingly mine did not lead straight back to Africa as I thought, but to Native Americans. Then I remembered that Puerto Rico had a native culture until they all died from slavery and disease. I figured that my maternal genetic past would point to a dark and tragic past and it did, just not the one I expected.

My mom is Puerto Rican. Her mom is black, and has always been kind of a copper shade. (There are pictures of me, my mom and my grandmother on my FB if you have access to that.) I've seen some very faded photos of my great-grandmother and great-grandfather. They were both black; great-grandfather looked like a 19th-century Bob Marley. I figured my maternal line would run in a direct line back to west Africa, but it didn't.

So yes, my last four sets of ancestors on my mom's side were black slaves, but before that there were unfortunate Taino women. Here's an article on it:

http://www.centrelink.org/KearnsDNA.html

Hail the ancestresses. I hope you are at peace.

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celticdragonfly
May. 5th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
How did you do that? I'd love to find out mine.
prushrush
May. 6th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Same here; I know about my family to my great-great grandmother on my mother's side. My family on my dad's side is a mystery to me.
kishiriadgr
May. 6th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/index.html

Be aware that this traces your genetic journey to the dawn of humanity. My ancestresses have been black since the 19th century, which is the blink of an eye historically speaking and came in through the paternal side I can't trace since my mom has no brothers.
caprine
May. 8th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Fascinating!
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