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94% European and 6% African DNA - Tracing your African ancestor

Family History
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Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

You have discovered that you have 6% African ethnicity in your DNA or maybe a friend or client has asked about this. What does this mean? Who is this missing link and how do you find this ancestor?

Many people have discovered that they have a percentage of African DNA in their genetic makeup. So what next? How do you begin to find your Nigerian ancestor? What do you need to know about Africa, and African people?

In this session, as a black British-Nigerian person, I will show you how to start, focus and streamline your search, providing you with important facts and useful tips and resources to help you find your unknown ancestor and possibly, an extended family.

This will include:

  • Maps showing villages and ethnic groupings
  • Important things to know about Nigeria and Nigerian people: ( 1) births, marriages, and deaths; (2) customs and tradition; (3) ceremonies and celebrations; (4) titles and naming patterns; (5) languages and dialects (6) oral history and family trees and (7) historical migrations
  • Collaboration with DNA matches
  • Useful genealogy tools and resources
  • Contacts for useful networking and research
  • Things to keep in mind when researching the unknown

Some may also ask: are these results accurate? Do I really need to know? Is it important to me? What will my direct and extended family think? Will my African family accept me if I find them? What do I hope to achieve from this search? As more and more people are reaching out for information and guidance on how to trace distant and unknown African relatives, this session will be addressing this process.

By the end of this session, you will be able to make a start on tracing your African ancestor. It is hoped that the information and guidance provided will make for focused and less time-consuming research and add value to the work of family historians and genealogists.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Yetunde Abiola

Meet the Host, Yetunde

Yetunde Abiola has been researching her family history for 12 years. As a Black British woman of Nigerian and Jamaican descent who has also lived in Nigeria, Jamaica, Switzerland, and Togo, she travels extensively for family history research and networking and is conversant with the interplay of histories and politics in today’s multicultural world. She has also served as an Ambassador to RootsTech 2019-2023 and delivers talks and presentations online (via several platforms) and in person.

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