During this family reunion season, African Ancestry, Inc., offers 5 easy tips on adding ancestry tracing to their family events and be a part of a growing trend that's changing the face of family celebrations everywhere.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 25, 2008 -- By summer's end, thousands of Black families will have gathered in celebration of their family bonds. Funny "uncle" stories will be shared; family matriarchs and patriarchs will be honored; and thousands of family-favorite recipes will be showcased with pride and eaten with joy.
African Ancestry has empowered a revolution in African-American family events whereby families across the nation can now include menu items from their native lands like Cameroon, Sierra Leone or Nigeria; or offer narratives originating in their family tribes from 500 years ago; or even enhance the all-to-infamous family reunion t-shirts with African homeland paraphernalia.
African Ancestry's Easy Recipe for Enhancing Your Family Reunions:
1. Know Your Family's Root! Before you take on any ancestry tracing endeavor, be sure to clearly define your family's goals. Are you demystifying an adoption? Are you solely interested in your African roots or other race-based lineages? Do you want to explore your mother's side vs. your father's, or both? Answering these type questions upfront can be the difference between an enjoyable, customized family experience with accurate results or a drawn-out, laborious process.
2. Family Swab Meet! One swab can unlock the roots of an entire family. For example, everyone inherits unique DNA exclusively from his or her mothers (likewise from male to male). Consider having your family elder do the swabbing, capture it on film, showcase results during your Family Reunion and keep the life-changing footage in your family archives.
3. The X-Y Factor! Look for resources that employ science-based analyses. The accuracy in lineage matching is dependant upon the size and sampling of the scientific database used to match maternal (mtDNA) and paternal (Y) lineages to particular populations or geographic regions. African Ancestry, for example, owns the largest database of African DNA, which empowers the most accurate, reliable means of determining your family's origins.
4. History's Mysteries! Complementing your science tracing with historical information is a great way to enhance your research. In fact, African Ancestry collaborates with leading anthropologists, historians and linguists along the way to ensure relevancy and provide the most comprehensive results. Although, it's not recommended to solely rely on the paper trail, there are resources available that can enhance your search:
Oral Hi-GENE: Identify the oldest relative(s) that you have access to, interview them and maintain oral/video records of the discussion. Do the same for younger generations as well. Although they're time sensitive based on age, these oral histories are priceless for supplementing your research. They help to paint a family portrait that's uniquely yours and facilitates enlightenment of future generations.
Organized 'Time': Arrange your family research in a way that makes the most sense for you. Family Tree projects are a good example.
Extra! Extra! Scan historic newspapers and other archives to learn about the happenings during a given timeframe. You can infer a lot about past events that have played a part in shaping your family's identity.
5. Family Matters! Once you know, it's a matter of staying connected. Many of African Ancestry's family members have deepened their knowledge and learned about family bonds that are alive today - in the U.S. and in Africa. The richness of these resources can be useful in planning family trips to Africa and giving meaningful names to your children in future generations.
About African Ancestry
Founded in 2003 on years of research, African Ancestry, Inc. is an ancestry tracing company that pioneered African lineage matching in the United States utilizing its proprietary DNA-database of more than 25,000 African DNA lineages to more accurately assess present-day country of origin for people of African descent. Since its inception, African Ancestry's lineage reveals have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people of African descent in the U.S. African-American-owned and operated, African Ancestry is headquartered in Washington, DC. For press inquiries, contact Taylor Communications Group at info @ taylorcommunicationsgroup.com.
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