We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott

Monday, May 12, 2014

100% Victori Bass

My ancestry circles the globe. I can recall a time when people would discuss their admixture and I didn't have much to add to the conversation. I'd sit stoic and just listen, nod at either the diversity of the speaker or the lack thereof. I didn't know anything other than that I was African, and didn't even have an immediate claim to Africa since all four of my grandparents were born in the United States.  Now I am just living for that conversation to pop up again! And nobodies asking. So I'm going to tell you anyway!  DNA testing has changed my world view. It has that effect on a person. I have developed a stronger sense of community since performing these test!  Look this is me:

I now know that I am African, but not only that I am African  but that I am more than 80% African.  Each DNA company gives a different percentage but not that far off.  23 and gives three predictions of my admixture a speculative one, a standard one, and a conservative one. Since it is all speculative anyway I'll choose the speculative one here: According to 23 and I am 86.2 % African mostly West African, 0.6% Central and South African, and 0.2% non-specific Sub-Saharan African.

 Ihave also 11.9% European ancestry. 6.8% of which is British and Irish, 3.1% Non-specific deriving mostly from the U.K., 0.4% Southern European, of Iberian origin, and other percentages of Non-specific European.  And that's just the half of me!

On both sides maternal and paternal my ancestry traces to a distant African male and female of Yoruba, West African origin! The red color in the map above denotes West African, the blue European, and the orange Native American/East Asian, the very thin thread of purple North African and Middle Eastern, the white, are non-specific segments.

The split view map above shows how much ancestry I get from my father's side and how much I get from my mother's. A subscriber on 23 and can only perform a split view if they have at least one parent tested and linked to their profile.  

I get 42.1% Sub-Saharan African from mom and 44.1% from dad. Most of my European ancestry comes from mom at 7.1% and only 4.8% 
from dad, but I receive more Native American/East Asian from dad and only a small percentage from my Mother.


  1. I really need to do a blog on DNA. I just felt like I wasn't ready. Thanks for doing this. I can go on what I know as of now. You look PRETTY!

    1. Thanks True, I felt I may as well go ahead and do one now instead of waiting for these DNA companies to get it together, as you know they have changed the results by little details over the years such as the amount of my Native American. But overall, I'm pleased.