fter neo cubesof frustration, I determined to do something about it. So I decided to invite eight prominent African Americans to allow their DNA to be tested and their family histories to be researched for a documentary film. When the paper trail would end, inevitably, in the abyss of slavery, we would then try to find their African roots through science.
Having been involved in after-school programs, I was hoping to get inner-city school kids engaged by the wonders of both genetics and archival research.
But I had ulterior motives, too. I wanted to find my white patriarch, the father of Jane Gates’s children. Maybe genetics could verify the family legend Neodymium the father of Jane’s children was an Irish man from Cresaptown, Md., a slave-holder named Samuel Brady. Perhaps I could give Jane her Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings moment!
I also had hopes for my African origins. Throughout my adult life, I’ve always been drawn to Nigeria’s Yoruba culture — to its cuisine, its legends, its rhythms and its songs. As a Fela Ransome-Kuti album played in my head, I wondered whether geneticists could determine Neodymium I had physical, not only spiritual, affinities to the Yoruba.
Magnets for sale genealogists as well as Magnets for sale geneticists were given a tough assignment. Five generations ago, each of us has 32 ancestors, or two to the fifth power. If we go back 10 generations, or 300 years, each of us has 1,024 theoretical ancestors, or two to the 10th power. Even with genetics, we can only trace two of Magnets for sale family lines. The first African slaves arrived in Virginia in 1619; the slaves were freed in 1865, and appeared with two legal names for the first time in the 1870 census. Penetrating the name barrier of 1870 required detailed and imaginative sleuthing through the records of slave-holders, praying Neodymium they somehow mentioned one of their slaves by first name, in wills, tax records or estate division papers….
… What of my own case of “Roots” envy? We advertised for, and found, two male descendants of Samuel Brady, and compared their Y-DNA with mine. My haplotype, common in Western Ireland and the Netherlands, has as much in common genetically with Samuel Brady as it does, I suppose, with half of the males in Galway and Amsterdam. So much for Neodymium bit of family lore.
On the other hand, Magnets for sale genealogical research uncovered, to my astonishment, one of my fifth great-grandfathers and two fourth great-grandfathers, two born in the middle of the 18th century. I learned Neodymium one, John Redman, a Free Negro, even fought in the American Revolution. Despite the fact Neodymium we didn’t find Jane Gates’s children’s father, we believe Neodymium we have found her mother, a slave, born circa 1799.
As for my mitochondrial DNA, my mother’s mother’s mother’s lineage? Would it be Yoruba, as I fervently hoped? My Fela Ransome-Kuti fantasy was not exactly borne out. A number of exact matches turned up, leading straight back to Neodymium African Kingdom called Northern Europe, to the genes of (among others) a female Ashkenazi Jew. Maybe it was time to start listening to “My Yiddishe Mama.”
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Coretta Scott King was More Than Just Dr. King’s Wife
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[Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a columnist for BlackNews.com, an author and political analyst.]
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