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Old 09-03-2017, 06:15 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I have tested at 23andme and Ancestry.com,23andme with less Snps/markers (500,000 or a bit more) tested,ancestry with 700,000 markers tested.

In the 23andme test my African ancestry is 32 percent and is indentified as West African at 27 percent and the remaining South African.

In the ancestry test its again 32 percent African ancestry,but this time it's only South African - southeastern bantu 20 percent and south central hunter gatherers 12 percent


In the myheritage results (with ancestry data) it's once again 32 percent African .
But it's East African- Kenyan at 13.2% Central African at 10.6% and West African -
Nigerian 7.4% Sierra Leonean 1.0%

It seems there is consistency in that they are all 32 percent African, but I'm confused as to if I'm west African or South African?

My known African ancestry is this - I have descent from the Damara tribe from Namibia in southwest Africa,and the Xhosa tribe in South Africa. I also have likely Slave ancestry from various African slaves that could have come from anywhere in Africa.I was told I had some Zanzibar ancestry (east Africa).I also dreamt that I came from the Igbo tribe which I found out is a tribe in Nigeria.

Both myheritage and ancestry have me as 8 and 9 percent Scandinavian,I feel most confident in my myheritage results but I've heard people say they aren't the best.Ancestry just says no west African ancestry at all and I don't feel that can be right.
I have a little more time right now, went to the My Heritage Tribal Quest. they documented The Himba in Namibia. They were there 21 days, tested 19 villages, recorded 2,763 names out of a population of 50,000. It says there are 4 wives per family with about 26 kids

They also spent 15 days documenting tribes in Papua New Guinea. They visited 11 locations, recorded over 4,000 names; it says 745 people in the largest family. The age of the youngest mother is 12 and the largest family has 11 children. Blog Tribal Quest: Back from Papua New Guinea


Siberia, Nenets population of 44,857 was 16 days, 22 tents visited, 672 people in the largest family tree, they recorded a little over 3,000 names. It says average children is 2.7
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Old 09-03-2017, 12:50 PM
 
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I got a Papuan result so I'm glad they did that!
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Old 09-03-2017, 12:56 PM
 
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I'm sorry if this sounds dismissive, but, I can't imagine what difference it could possibly make if one were to learn they had South African versus West African DNA markers ... or any other geographical DNA indicators. Somebody please enlighten me!
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:04 PM
 
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Ancestry is very important and sacred to me as with most African tribal people,I already have the answer in what I know of my ancestry,but it would be nice to know if I have DNA more in common with west Africa which I've studied for years over South Africa which I've never felt as strong an affinity with.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I'm sorry if this sounds dismissive, but, I can't imagine what difference it could possibly make if one were to learn they had South African versus West African DNA markers ... or any other geographical DNA indicators. Somebody please enlighten me!
I guess if genealogy, ancestry, and family heritage aren't important to you than it wouldn't make a difference. But as this is the genealogy section of the forum, most of us here feel it is important to us.
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