Category: Jamaican Roots

My Sister’s DNA Admixture Test

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By , November 26, 2011 7:45 pm

My sister recently tested with 23andMe and shared her ethnicity results:

49%   European

46%   Sub-Sahara African

5%     Asian (Chinese)

I was thrilled that she tested with them during a free promotion (but that really was aimed at collecting medical data on African Americans). Mom, Uncle Bobby and my sister all exhibited a strong Asian phenotype. Since Mom and Uncle Bobby have passed on, there was no one left to prove or disprove the hypothesis except her. My own results showed only a 2% Asian admixture.

My African Ancestry Test Results

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By , June 26, 2005 1:13 pm

My matrilineal DNA results:

98.8% match with the Masa and Mafa in present-day Cameroon. My mother was Jamaican-Cuban. Her mother was from the town of Banes in Oriente Province, Cuba. While I know her gramdmother’s name I don’t know where she was from.

Have been doing a lot of reading on the Mafa, in particular, who are mountain people. One study reported in the Sep-Oct 2004 issue of the Annals of Human Biology revealed linguistic and genetic affinities of the Mafa and others with East Africa:

… Chadic-speaking groups of northern Cameroon share more similarities with the populations of the Upper and Middle Nile Valley and East Africa than with populations from Central Africa.


Have to keep in mind, however, that these mtDNA results only show about 1% of my total ancestry. Still, it’s very exciting stuff.

Source: Reposted on 11/9/2011 from the AfriGeneas African American DNA Research Forum

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