Guest Post: I Gave My Dad A Father's Day Gift He'd Never Forget

Hey African Ancestry fam! We're back with something really special today: a guest post from a family member, Di Shawn Gandy who wanted to share with us this powerful piece about his dad, genealogy and the gift of knowing who you are. This share was about his special gift to his dad on Father's Day this year. Read on! I grew up hearing my Dad say how much he wished we knew where our family’s African roots derived from. As a genealogist and our family historian, I wanted to know if, somehow, I could trace our African ancestry back to its...

The Hard Truth About the 65%

In 2003, Dr. Rick Kittles and Dr. Gina Paige collaborated on a groundbreaking way to help Black people reconnect to their roots beyond the limits of their current family trees. As African-Americans, our connection and contact with our family members vary from tight nuclear families to large, well-kept branches and a little bit in between, but they recognized how many of us don’t know much beyond our ties to cousins, aunts, uncles beyond the bounds of the United States.  Here’s the easy truth.   We’ve got blood everywhere. Whether or not we know our more distant family or not (yet!), we’re still...