- Category: News
10 Nov 2011
- Written by Kelvin Cowans
Here’s the deal: myDNAmix, African Ancestry’s new test, is designed to determine the exact percentages of one’s unique ancestral make-up from five major populations – Indigenous Americas (Native America), East Asia, West Sub-Saharan Africa, West Europe and India Subcontinent.
In short, it’s supposed to put rumors to rest.
Gina Paige, president of Washington, D.C.-based African Ancestry, Inc., said she was surprised to learn that she had Native American ancestry in her bloodline.
“When I ran my test I found that I was 49 percent African, 42 percent European and 8 percent Native American, and I went, ‘Wow.’” she said.
“It’s for this very reason that we thought it exciting to do research and study and present an avenue for African Americans to trace their ancestry. Our African Ancestry website has been up since 2003, and myDNAmix.com has been in full effect for just over two month’s now.”
“Gotcha,” I said to Paige during a recent interview for the New Tri-State Defender. “So if I went to this website and wanted to look up the history of my people, in which I personally do have some details and even some pictures with vaguely some references to them coming in through South Carolina as slaves, how do I approach your website to find out more?”
Paige was quick with her answer.
“You go online to our website and just plug in any information that you have – your mother or father’s name or their parents or your great-grand parents. If you know where they may have lived or may have migrated from, put it in there. As you begin to do this, much more information will start to pop up to help you out,” said Paige.
“Knowing your ancestry is important for us and our children. We all have to know where we came from and just who are you and where did you get that nose or those high cheek bones, etc.”
I completely agree that our ancestry speaks volumes to how we look and just as much to why we do the things that we do, good or bad, I told Paige. “The saying has always been that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and it appears that you are trying to put the tree at our finger tips.”
Exactly, she said.
“I have a few people that I work with that helped me co-found this movement. One is Dr. Rick Kittles of The University of Chicago and we are trying our best to move in excellence in this matter,” said Paige.
“It’s relevant to the future of your family that someone knows the complete history of the past of your family. To know that some people still mistreat people based on their race, then this kind of knowledge may just make them think twice.
Please do visit www.myDNAmix.com and find out more about your ancestry.