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ERIC Number: EJ764789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-8
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Regaining a Lost Heritage
Coleman, Toni
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n26 p28-31 Feb 2007
Increasingly, Blacks are turning to science and not assumptions to put "Africa" back in "African-American." The eagerness to reconnect is understandable. People robbed of their history innately want to know where they come from. Blacks are now using DNA testing to determine their African lineage. Veteran genealogists say the PBS special, "African American Lives," in which Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. revealed the family histories and African lineages of such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey and comedian Chris Tucker, certainly created a spike in interest in genealogy and DNA testing. Furthermore, genealogical research has become more accessible because of Web sites like, which has made detailed pre-1930s U.S. Census Bureau records and vital documents available online. Out of Blacks' desire to know where they come from, African Ancestry, Inc. was born. For $299, the company offers to analyze a person's DNA and compares it with the DNA samples of present-day Africans. But can this actually be done? This article profiles African Ancestry, Inc., discusses the controversy over its results, and describes the author's personal experience using the service.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa