Spreading Good News (Part 17)

GOOD NEWS for William Holland, a genealogical researcher living in Atlanta, Georgia.  Several years ago, he found out that his great-grandfather was a black slave who wound up serving as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War.  But this year Holland’s research resulted in something more—he is also the descendant of African royalty!

Thanks to DNA testing, Holland is being welcomed as a long-lost relative by a ruling family of the West African nation of Cameroon.  He’s visited the country once already, back in March, and he’ll be getting the royal treatment in November when he goes back with additional members of his family, including his 79-year-old mother.

Holland’s case shows how genetic genealogy can untangle mysteries in a family tree—even for African-Americans, who typically face tougher challenges because the vital records for slaves are so scant.

Holland attributes his success to GeneTree, a Utah-based DNA testing service that came up with the Cameroon connection.

(Excerpted from an article by Alan Boyle.)

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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