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Prove your lineages using DNA
Posted by: david dugas (ID *****5647) Date: May 27, 2007 at 06:59:53
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I would like to think Genealogy should be fun. But I understand some people have very defined ideas of their ancestors and when information, right or wrong, contradicts this, it can cause people to get upset. This is understood.

Now, the family lines being discussed concerning Slaves etc.... Their ancestries, african american or not, can be determined using DNA testing. In the event a female is thought to have been of african american ancestry, you can trace a direct maternal line down to a living woman (daughter of, daugther of, daugther of etc...) She can take an mtDNA test and your answers will be in the results. All direct male and female DNA (Y and mt) can be grouped into Haplogroups..these haplogroups determine deep geographical origins and can answer the questions that Lee and Harrison are "discussing". But the descendent doing the testing must have a direct maternal or paternal line going to the person in question.

It should be noted that some of the Dugas lines are quite diverse; it seems the ancester Abraham Dugas carries a marker indicative of Middle Eastern origins (Hapogroup J2) and his closest genetic match is from Syria (out of over 50,000 other results). I would like a Dugas man to verify these results through a second test. Also, the Dugas' married into the Pitre line both recently and during the acadian expulsion. The male Pitre lineage is haplogroup E3b, subclade M81. This is a genetic marker indicative of a recent North West African ancestry; in most cases, a sign of Moorish ancestry from Spain. So the Pitres were without a doubt acadians, but their paternal line going further back points to a very interesting ancestry.

Overall the acadians, while mostly showing ancient European origins in their Y DNA testing, do show some admixture likely due to deep ancestries that originate in the Middle East and North Africa and maybe due to expulsions from Spain during the inquisition. Aragon alone expelled 22,000 people of Moorish ancesty into France in 1610. Most of these people settled in areas that contributed to Acadian and New France settlement.

PS: Let's all be nice...My sister married a man of Haitian descent and they have a great son who is my godson. Lets try to keep this forum a fun place to visit.


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