29    Oct 20091 comment

DNA: African tribal migration patterns

DNAFamilyTreeDNA.com is now cooperating with the Center for African American Genealogy Research (CAAGRI) and the Public Records and Archives Administration of Ghana (PRAAD) by testing several hundred members of the Nzema, Ga, Fante, Ewe and Asante tribes.

The results of the DNA tests will be part of a genealogy workshop to be held Friday, October 30 in Accra, Ghana. Led by CAAGRI director Paula Royster, the workshop is aimed at highlighting the importance of recording oral traditions by showing people how to record it.

The program will include the use of online databases to search for ancestors and descendants, preservation of songs and photographs, transcriptions of stories passed from generation to generation and forensic genealogy.

Ghana's participation in this effort is important as their archives house more than 4 million records. Many of them relate to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, which affected people of African descent.

FamilyTreeDNAFamilyTreeDNA - founded in April 2000 - was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes. Before then, it had only been available for academic and scientific research. The Houston, Texas-based company has a database with more than 265,000 individual records. This is the largest DNA database in genetic genealogy, and means that testing with FamilyTreeDNA and using its comparative database makes it a prime resource for anyone reseraching recent or distant family ties.

The non-profit Center for African American Genealogical Research provides genealogical resources and support at no cost to the community. It was established in 2004.

It is the only organization of its kind and offers unique on-site support services for the African-American researcher. Support includes research assistance, workshops and genealogy-mentor programs for low-income youth.

It has technical learning centers and continues to provde innovative ways to collect, preserve and interpret the past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

For additional resources to help you to research your African American families:

-- Louisiana Division, New Orleans Public Library (Louisiana)

-- Afrigeneas.com

-- Genealogy.com - African American resources

-- African American Examiner

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