It has crossed most of our minds. What is my heritage? With innovative DNA breakthroughs, you can find out if you really are part Native American, Irish or Chinese. Or can you?
I gave it a shot. I paid Ancestry.com a hundred bucks to test my DNA. Before I started the testing process, I knew that like most African-Americans, I was from West Africa because that was the easiest slave trade route. My great grandfather was a slave in Alabama. My last name, Flannigan, came from his owner.
What I didn’t know is that most captured Africans were transported from Africa to the North and South Carolinas. Ancestry.com has tools that help you build a family tree. I learned that my maternal and paternal ancestors were from North and South Carolina and moved to Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, and finally Ohio.
The big question is: What part of Africa are my ancestors from? According to Ancestry.com, 97% of my DNA is from the continent of Africa which is an extremely high percentage. I don’t know of any recent family connections to Africa, but I had the feeling that I was Nigerian. Here are my results.
- Nigeria 36%
- Ivory Coast/Ghana 33%
- Benin/Togo 8%
- Senegal 7%
- Africa Southeastern Bantu 4%
- Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples 4%
- Mali 3%
- Scandinavia 1%
- Asia Central <1%
- Ireland/Scotland/Wales <1
- Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers <1%
- Europe West <1%