Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a compound in all of us; this "molecule of life" tells the story of our history. My DNA cousins include: a British woman with a Jewish Nigerian background.
She says her family migrated from Israel to west Africa thousands of years ago. Yes there are Jewish Nigerians. Also, I correspond with a DNA cousin on my father's side a few times a month. Our great great great grandparents are siblings and that was revealed through DNA. The conversation started with...where is your family from? She lives in New York but her
uncle did extensive work on their family tree in the 70's and that road map connected us. If you are from Moncks Corner, Holly Hill, Eutawville, or Orangeburg South Carolina, I am probably related to you directly or indirectly.
According to Ancestry and the many DNA tools I have used on GEDmatch.com my admixture (heritage) is 90% Sub-Saharan. Included in the overall admixutre is: Ivory Coast/Ghana, Nigeria, Southeastern Africa, The Horn of Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe and a small percentage of Amerindian.
Western Europe does not show up in my DNA admixture but I know my maternal great great great grandmother was the slave daughter of an American Revolution Patriot from Sumter, SC. If your surname is "Blackwell" and you are from the Pee Wee area of South Carolina that migrated from Virginia, you are probably related to me.
Finally, I have been researching info about a "Mitochondrial DNA" Eve that we all descend from according to current scientific findings.
According to the findings, Mitochondrial Eve is named after mitochondria and the biblical Eve. Unlike her biblical namesake, she was not the only living human female of her time. However, her female contemporaries failed to produce a direct unbroken female line to any living woman in the present day.
Mitochondrial Eve is estimated to have lived between 99,000 and 200,000 years ago, most likely in East Africa. This stuff is fascinating. It further proves there is no degrees of separation between us. This is Tuesday talk.
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