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  • Can genetic genealogy restore family narratives disrupted by the transatlantic slave trade?

    Photo of LaKisha David in a stairwell

    Many African Americans descended from enslaved ancestors are working to trace their family histories by combining genealogical records and historical documents. Such efforts can connect them to living relatives and forge new sense of identity rooted in specific ancestral lineages and homelands, says University of Illinois anthropology professor LaKisha David.

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  • Editor’s notes

    To contact LaKisha David, email

    The paper “Supporting the use of genetic genealogy in restoring family narratives following the transatlantic slave trade” is available online.
    DOI: 10.1111/aman.13939

    The paper, “Addressing the feasibility of people of African descent finding living African relatives using direct‐to‐consumer genetic testing” is available online.
    DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.24705