Characterizing The Admixed African Ancestry Of African Americans: From African American To (Mostly) Yoruba-Bantu-Mandingo Americ
Just a sort of generally interesting article:
Admixture studies have shown that the typical African American has a genetic makeup that is 80% sub-Saharan African and 20% non-African (typically Western European and/or Native American) in origin. However, how does that 80% African genetic makeup break down? What are the African origins of African-American genetics (in totality, not just mitochondrial and Y-chromosome tests which test specific lines). Science is emerging on this front as well (hat tip: reader Dragon Horse).
I think what I found interesting was this: For my folks who came over from Italy, Wales, Ireland and Germany - there are passenger manifests and other records.
I’m not sure a lot of that sort of thing exists for many African-Americans descended from slaves … so this information is interesting, as it shows exactly which areas of Africa their ancestors hailed from.