Cookbook Author Shares her DNA Experience and
Two of Her Family's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes
Posted by Jocelyn Delk Adams on November 23, 2015 in Website
For me, the journey of finding out who I am and where I came from has always been rooted in the family tales passed down through oral history. I shared many of them in my brand new cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes, but little did I know, I was just scratching the surface. Over the years, my hunger for learning more about my ancestry has grown. I am blessed to have had wonderful conversations with my grandparents about what parts of Mississippi they came from, but they haven’t had the access to family history records to go beyond that. That’s why my recent AncestryDNA test was so enlightening and it has encouraged me to discover more of my heritage.
A few weeks ago, I received my DNA results back from Ancestry. The results started with the obvious, I had a large percentage (85% to be exact) of African descent. What I didn’t know was just how diverse my ethnic makeup was and which countries my ancestors came from. I learned that the majority came from Mali and Cameroon/Congo and trickled down to Ghana, Nigeria and Benin, finally ending with a very small percentage from Senegal.
The most surprising part of the AncestryDNA experience came from the discovery of my European roots. Seriously, finding out I was 9% Irish was a real kicker. After learning my DNA results, I was so intrigued that I needed to continue researching. On my recent Grandbaby Cakes cookbook tour, I . . .
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