On September 8th, I posted my first blog post about genetic testing results from 23andMe regarding Kalonji’s maternal haplogroup. This time, I’m posting about his paternal haplogroup.
Kalonji’s paternal haplogroup is E1b1a7a.
This haplogroup is subgroup of E1b1a. E1b1a has its origins in sub-saharan Africa. This of course is not surprising to us given Kalonji’s descent from former slaves. The 23andMe site shares the information that
E1b1a is also the most common haplogroup among African-American male individuals. About 60% of African-American men fall into this haplogroup primarily due to the Atlantic slave trade, which drew individuals from western Africa and Mozambique, where E1b1a is accounts for the majority of men.
At this point, I am unsure of what to take away from this, except, that as Kalonji gets matches in Relative Finder knowing the haplogroup will help differentiate shared ancestry among paternal vs. maternal lines. The Relative Finder feature in 23andMe is awesome! The next posts will describe our experiences with that. Stay tuned