Genealogy

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

These are questions that several of our family members have asked time and time again. You have to know where you have been and where you are to know where you are going.

It is part of the reason this journey started. Ike has a keen affection for learning about his family tree and documenting his findings. 

Since Ike and Natalee were both born in Jamaica, we believed, for the most part, that most of our ancestors were from there. 

But how could we be sure? We wanted to know the whole story of our ancestry. We decided the best place to start was to get a baseline of our genetic makeup. This would begin to “paint the picture” of the origins of our histories, the homelands of our ancestors and far more.

Adding a genealogy aspect to our travel journey was then a no-brainer. 

After careful research, we decided to use the personal genomics test to establish a genetic baseline for our family. Ike and Natalee each took a test to look into both 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, which helped highlight a few locations to visit during our travels. 

Not only were we able to trace our origins, but we were also able to connect with distant, living relatives through the Shared DNA service, a unique feature that enables test-takers to find out whether they share ancestry with each other. 

We had the ability to track some of those people, connect with them on our travels and share stories. 

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THE JOURNEY

We laid out our journey in part to learn more about where we came from as well as to explore the different paths our ancestors walked. 

The journey took us to Scotland, where most of Ike’s European ancestral roots originated from. We also explored different parts of Jamaica, as a good portion of ancestors on both sides of our family lived there. Some even came from Scotland to Jamaica as a British colony in 1802.

Discovering Western Africa was also key, 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.

The DNA results uncovered some of Natalee’s heritage in South Asia, so we will be taking time to experience different parts of India to learn more.

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