~ ~ ~ WE ARE TRIUMPHANT PEOPLE ~ ~ ~ THE BROWN AND HUMPHREY FAMILIES ~ ~ ~

 

 

Foreword

 

Introduction

 

Paternal Lineage

 

African Ancestry

 

Certificates

 

The Balanta People

 

Nigerian Connection

 

The Fulani People

 

The Yoruba People

 

How Did We Get Here

 

Pictures

 

Sources

 

Acknowledgements

 

Contact Us

 

The Book

 

Guestbook

INTRODUCTION CONTINUE.....I began my DNA research in February 2006, with The National Geographic Geneographic Project. I had a sample of my DNA tested and the results I received were  my MTDNA, identified me as a member from halogroup L3. According to National Geographics genetic scientists, L3 only occurs in Africa, but its derivatives are found nearly everywhere. L3’s subclades are most prevalant in East Africa, and gave rise to the M and N halogroups some 80,000 yeas ago, in which all Eurasians are descended from these two groups. This information was welcomed, but it was not what I had hoped for. I wanted to know an exact place and a name of a people or tribe.

     In February 2007, I saw a miniseries show on PBS by Henry Louis Gates Jr., named “African American Lives, part 1 and part 2, wherein various African American celebrities’ DNA was tested. Mr. Gates was able in most cases, reveal a match to a people in Africa.

     So I embarked on this quest to locate what people our ancestors were, and where in Africa they came from. I enlisted the help of my uncle, Norman E. Brown, to do paternal DNA testing on behalf of his father, George W. Brown, his ancestors and descendants. I decided to do DNA testing on behalf of my maternal grandmother, Estelle Thomas Brown and her ancestors and descendants.

     And so our saga begins………