How To Trace Your African Ancestry

Article 1 - How To Trace Your African Ancestry?

A life changing question particularly posed by those displaced by the African Holocaust during which millions of African families were separated for hundreds of years. Their descendants in South America, North America and Europe now have a great task ahead of them if they decide to find out the history of their African roots.

My personal journey of tracing my African Ancestors begun by starting with my family tree and working my way back as far as I could on both my maternal and paternal sides. It became a slow process once I arrived to the 1800s and yet I still eagerly wanted to find out where in Africa my ancestors were from – quite adamant in my mind that it would be from West Africa and North Africa from my travels. 

I began to travel to different places in Africa. The beauty of my visits to the Motherland was the oral history of the indigenous people and their knowledge of clans and tribes. Just by sight they were able to identify the group of people to which I was linked. However, I came back from Africa still yearning for some more evidence and wondered if I should maybe look at taking an Ancestry DNA test that could help shed some light as to the regions or people to whom I may be related to on the African Continent – See map for inspiration. But would a DNA Test really answer my questions? Read on…..

See my next article – Article 2 – Why Take A DNA Test To Trace Your African Ancestry?

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