This blog post is going to be the start of short series of posts I will do about my husband’s 23andMe DNA testing results. We were able to get the kit for free because the company is trying to expand their database of African-American DNA. Currently, most of the health results available are based on a mostly European population. This initiative is part of their Roots Into the Future Initiative.
There is so much to go over his results, so I’ll have to spend some time working my way through them. For now, let me start with his maternal lineage.
Kalonji’s maternal haplotype group is: L2a1a2
This haplogroup is a subgroup of the L2 Haplogroup. L2 is the most common haplogroup among Africans and African-Americans. From what I have read, the origin of L2a1a2 seems to be West or NorthWest Africa, but it underwent an expansion with Bantu migrations and is associated with SouthEast Africa. Currently, the highest percentages of Africans of this haplogroup are in the Mozambique area (36%). The haplotype is also found in Afro-Brazilian populations too. You can see in the image that the darker spots on the map correlate to an are in West African and then right around Mozambique.
I don’t believe this is enough information for us to know with any certainty where in Africa Kalonji’s ancestors may have lived, but I am continuing to do more research. From a link shared in the 23andMe community forums, downloaded a spreadsheet with very specific genome data and there also seems to be an association with the Mozambique area. I guess we will have to get him tested with African Ancestry to see if we can potentially get a tribe match. More to come soon!