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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