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Old 01-27-2018, 05:44 PM
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Originally Posted by howard555 View Post
If DNA testing will unlikely pinpoint a country as PA2UK mentioned in a previous comment, then the map from that article may be the closest estimate of where the woman's ancestors came from also mentioned by PA2UK.

If she does not want to do DNA I'll reasonably conclude to her that her family originated in the Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire areas.
DNA would not necessarily pinpoint a country. These are AncestryDNA's groups for Africa:

Africa North
Africa Southeastern Bantu
Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers
Ivory Coast/Ghana

Some of those are specific countries, but even those groups aren't restricted to that one country and usually include surrounding areas. DNA isn't bound by modern political borders.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:08 PM
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We got back as far as her father's Aunt's parents born around 1844 or before. They will highly consider DNA and they realize that their ancestors may have left to come here from one of the coast of Africa (Windward Coast, Ivory Coast, or Gold Coast) but their actual residence or birthplace could have been hundred of miles inland.
And they did not acquire their surname until they arrived at the Port of Charleston (S.C.) and went to work for a farm owner. No one kept records of birth names and birth places of slaves as far as I can guess so this effort is curtailed and they can do DNA if they like.
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