Genealogy

“Where am I from?” “Where are we going?” “How did we get here?”

These are questions that more than one of us in the family has asked time and again. You have to know where you have been and where you are to know where you are going.

This is part of the reason in how this journey came to be. Ike has a keen affection for learning about his family tree and documenting the story of how we all came to be where we are. Both born in Jamaica, we believed, for the most part, that most of our ancestors were from there. But how could we be sure? This is why adding a genealogy aspect to our journey was a no-brainer.

We wanted to know the whole story of our ancestry. In order to do so, we decided the best place to start was to get a baseline of our genetic makeup. This would start to “paint the picture” to all of us of the origins of our histories, the homelands of our ancestors and far more.

After careful research, we decided to use the personal genomics test, to establish a baseline for our family. We took the test to establish baselines from both Ike and Natalee’s sides of the family.

A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE
OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN AND CLTURE IS LIKE A
TREE WITHOUT ROOTS.”

– Marcus Garvey

IKE ANDERSON

100%

Sub-Saharan African
82.5%
  • West African
    72.6%
    • Nigerian
      34.8%
    • Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean
      28.2%
    • Senegambian & Guinean
      1.9%
    • Broadly West African
      7.7%
  • Congolese & Southern East African
    8.2%
    • Angolan & Congolese
      6.5%
    • Southern East African
      0.4%
    • Broadly Congolese & Southern East African
      1.3%
  • Broadly Sub-Saharan African
    1.7%
European
17.1%
  • Northwestern European
    15.0%
    • British & Irish Glasgow City, UK, +9 regions
      7.4%
    • French & German
      1.9%
    • Scandinavian
      0.3%
    • Broadly Northwestern European
      5.4%
  • Southern European
    1.2%
    • Spanich & Portuguese
      0.6%
    • Broadly Southern European
      0.6%
  • Broadly European
    0.9%
Unassigned
0.4%
Recent Ancestry in the Americas
  • Caribbean
    • Jamaica
    • Haiti
Your Ethnicity Estimate may include two sorts of results.
Results with a indicate distant origins (500-1,000 years ago). Results with a indicate recent origins (50-300 years ago).
Ethnicity Estimate
  • Nigeria
    39%
  • Benin & Togo
    17%
  • Scotland
    13%
  • Cameroon, Congo & Western Bantu Peoples
    12%
  • Ivory Coast & Ghana
    10%
  • Mali
    6%
  • Wales
    2%
  • England & Northwestern Europe
    1%
Additional Communities
  • Afro-Jamaicans
    • Northern Afro-Jamaicans

NATALEE ANDERSON

100%

Sub-Saharan African
66.1%
  • West African
    60.8%
    • Nigerian
      37.2%
    • Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean
      14.8%
    • Senegambian & Guinean
      1.1%
    • Broadly West African
      7.7%
  • Congolese & Southern East African
    2.4%
    • Angolan & Congolese
      1.2%
    • Southern East African
      0.2%
    • Broadly Congolese & Southern East African
      1.0%
  • Broadly Sub-Saharan African
    2.9%
Central & South Asain
22.5%
  • Central Asain, Northern Indian & Pakistani
    10.6%
    • Bengali & Northeast Indian
      3.3%
    • Northern Indian & Pakistani
      2.1%
    • Broadly Central Asain, Northern Indian & Pakistani
      5.2%
  • Southern South Asain
    8.6%
    • Southern Indian & Sri Lankan
      8.4%
    • Broadly Southern South Asain
      0.2%
  • Broadly Central & South Asain
    3.3%
European
10.2%
  • Northwestern European
    8.4%
    • British & Irish
      2.7%
    • Scandinavian
      1.8%
    • Broadly Northwestern European
      3.9%
  • Southern European
    0.6%
    • Broadly Southern European
      0.6%
  • Broadly European
    1.2%
Trace Ancestry
0.5%
Unassigned
0.7%
Ethnicity Estimate
  • Nigeria
    40%
  • Southern India
    20%
  • Cameroon, Congo & Western Bantu Peoples
    13%
  • Benin & Togo
    11%
  • Mali
    4%
  • Northern India
    3%
  • Scotland
    3%
  • England & Northwestern Europe
    3%
  • Sweden
    2%
  • Ivory Coast & Ghana
    1%
Additional Communities
  • Afro-Jamaicans
    • Northern Afro-Jamaicans

The test broke down our ancestry based upon 31 different populations around the world. We now have the ability to see the baselines for our ancestries across the globe and helped establish a few of the places we will visit in our coming explorations.

Not only were we able to connect with our origins but we were also able to connect with distant, living relatives through another unique aspect of a special: the Shared DNA service. This service illustrates who else out there shares our ancestries that has taken the test and willing to share their information. We had the ability to track these people and intend to connect with them on our travels. When we do meet up with these individuals, we will certainly share our stories.

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THE JOURNEY

We laid out our journey in part to learn more about where we came from and learn about the different paths our ancestors walked. The journey will take us to Scotland where most of Ike’s European ancestral roots originated from. We also will explore different parts of Jamaica as a good portion of ancestors on both sides of our families lived their lives there. Some even came from Scotland to Jamaica as a British colony in 1802.

The DNA results uncovered Natalee’s heritage in South Asia so we will be taking time to experience different parts of India to learn more about this part of her heritage. Several of the stops along the journey will be in Western Africa as 78% of Ike’s ancestry is from Western Africa and there are traces of ancestry in other areas of Africa on both sides of the family.

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on a Tree
we grow in different directions yet
our roots remain as one.