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Genealogy 2018, 2(3), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy2030032

Techno-Ethno Genealogy: An African Ancestry Narrative in the Digital Age

Department of Foreign Languages, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA 30319, USA
Received: 18 May 2018 / Revised: 5 July 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 23 August 2018
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Abstract

This article explores ways in which advances in genetic testing have both facilitated and democratized genealogical research for individuals in search of their “roots” or ethnic heritage. These advances coincide with the quests of people of African descent to pinpoint their precise origins and ethnic backgrounds in Africa, revelations that have been denied to many African descendants in the diaspora from slavery times to the present. Genetics and DNA as the “great truth teller”, however, frequently yield results that go contrary to expectations. In this article, the author explores at a personal level the tensions that the “Genetic Revolution” produces between biology and society. View Full-Text
Keywords: Africa; Ancestry; black; Diaspora; DNA; genealogy; genetics; narrative; slavery; technology Africa; Ancestry; black; Diaspora; DNA; genealogy; genetics; narrative; slavery; technology
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
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