So after 7.5 weeks of [not so] patiently waiting my 23andme DNA sample results are FINALLY in! Woooo-hooooo!:)
From my mtDNA (Maternal Line) results it appears I’m 87.5% Sub-Saharan African, 11% European, 1.4% East Asian & Native American and .1% unassigned — which I assume to mean alien, or we don’t know exactly what that is!:)
My Haplogroup is L2a1 (see 23andme details below)
Maternal haplogroups are families of mitochondrial DNA types that all trace back to a single mutation at a specific place and time. By looking at the geographic distribution of mtDNA types, we learn how our ancient female ancestors migrated throughout the world.
- Haplogroup: L2a, a subgroup of L2
- Age: 55,000 years
- Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
- Example Populations: Bantu-speakers, African Americans
- Highlight: L2 is very common among African Americans
- In respect to my European makeup — NOPE! On my Maternal side (WILKES County GA) I had several CARTER Ancestors who passed for white following Emancipation and have been told my 4th Grandfather Philip CARTER had white skin and blue eyes. Additionally, judging by the relatives — and offspring — of my other WILKES 4th Grandfather James WINGFIELD, I think it’s safe to assume he was of fair complexion as well. From my Alabama Roots, 4th Grandparents Cary and Ann BARWICK are both identified as mulatto on the 1870 HENRY County Census. So no shocker as it relates to my European DNA.
- But only 1.4% East Asian/Native American? Then would that mean my 4th Grandmother Annie FAVER who married Phil CARTER, was NOT of [full] Native American decent as we’ve been told? My assumption is if she had been my % would be higher — is that correct?
- Now the BANTU Ethnic Group is believed descended from Cameroon, so we’re talking CENTRAL to SOUTH Africa — not Yoruba (WEST Africa) at all! So that’s a bit of a shock! I’d always believed Catie WINGFIELD to be of NIGERIAN decent (from the pic). Maybe I got it wrong?! If I’m descended from King Shaka ZULU that might explain some things too!:)
- Read. Ask questions. Learn. Read. Ask questions. Learn. You get my point! This is TOTALLY new terrain for me, so I’m absorbing EVERYTHING!:)
- I uploaded my raw data to GEDmatch (per the instructions of AAGSAR DNA kick-butt EXPERTS). Now the task? Understanding it! Marsha Gilliam [of AAGSAR] are cousins although I don’t yet know how and James MORGAN III is there too! He and I share a 4th Grandfather Cary BARWICK of HENRY County, AL. Other than those two, the list of “DNA connections” are all new to me and yet to be explored.
- Test with AncestryDNA to determine if more can be learned about my Sub-Saharan genetic makeup! In other words, I want to know the people I descend from!:)
- Wait to see the advancements being made by 23andme in regards to Sub-Saharan ethnic composition. I’m curious if these “advancements” will happen before or after their new African Ancestry project and how that will impact my results?
- Obtain a sample from my Dad ASAP so I can learn more about his YDNA. Anxious to see if my bloodline truly maps to Apache Chief Geronimo — per the DANIELS by way of PERRY family lore!
- Live and be HEALTHY! The 23andme HEALTH RISKS results were probably the biggest shocker given with my eyes glued to DNA Cousins, I didn’t expect this type of analysis! Thankful I’m healthy and for the extra SCIENTIFIC reminder to protect my ♥ and [precious] brain cells! I’m on it!:)
Until the next round of results — and questions!:)
Luckie “Could Be Shaka ZULU’s Descendant” DANIELS
“When you see a new trail, or a footprint you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing.” ~ Uncheedah
M Dawn via the AAGSAR Forum recommended the following: “While you are waiting for 23andme to roll out their new African Ancestry breakdown, you can use the Admixture tool on GEDmatch. Click Admixture > then project: dodecad, admixture with proportions oracle > then give your kit number and select Africa9 as the calculator. It’s still pretty rough-no info on specific tribes, as DNA Tribes gives, but a better breakdown of Western vs. Eastern (and Southern) Africa and perhaps also a better sense of Asian ancestry.”
Here are my Dodecad Africa9 stats — a breakdown of my 87.5% Sub-Saharan DNA composition:
- Europe 6.59%
- NW_Africa 3.38%
- SW_Asia 6.42%
- E_Africa 2.95%
- S_Africa 12.14%
- Mbuti 2.66%
- W_Africa 55.58%
- Biaka 7.79%
- San 2.49%
- Kristin CLEAGE via Finding Eliza ~ Revisiting My 23andMe DNA Findings