Aisha LaDon, PhD, Transpersonal Psychotherapist | Ancestry Project
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ANCESTRY PROJECT

My ancestry project began 12 years ago. I had attended my first family reunion, which happened to be on father’s side. I seen soo many faces that looked like mine. Noses that looked like mine, and I knew these people were my people. My aunts and great-aunts would always say I reminded them so much of my grandmother or even my great-grandmother. But my memories of them were not as significant as I had hoped they would be.

Being of African descent but living in America. (I don’t like the term African American BTW) we don’t have many options when it comes to finding out about our history, traditions, and culture. We are made to feel like our history started with our ancestors being slaves. So I began to dig into each side of my family to learn more about where I came from.

Our current family tree was being taken down by a family member that had previously been in charge but felt the lack of participation from the rest of the family, so I picked it up. But I moved it over to a more modern and user-friendly program. The rest is history. As I learn about my ancestors and my genealogy I reflect here and share what I think may be beneficial to others.

I AM STILL WORKING ON FIXING THE PHOTOS IN MY POSTS FROM WHEN MY SITE WAS HACKED. 

RECENT POSTS

  • The furthest I have been able to go back in my family history is on the Daggs side of my family. My Daggs family is from Louisianna. They are Creole I believe. I hope to spend more time learning details about this side of my......

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  • Amongst the celebrities and countless innocent lives that were lost this year, two of my grandmothers sisters passed away as well. Never having met my Grandfather, and trying to find as much info about him as I can, has lead me to Legacy.com. Legacy is......

  • 2016 was a year most of us would prefer to forget. So much happened. One of my minor losses during 2016 was my mind. No seriously. I am not sure what, but something possessed me to delete my files from Youtube. This is one event I......

  • Surnames have always been an issue for me. History tells us that African American’s were given the surnames of their owners, however, we also know that NOT ALL African Americans were slaves. Traditionally, American women take the last names of their father or husbands. I......

  • It has been a while since I have posted an update about the progress of my Ancestry research. A lot has been going on. I am back in school full-time, I am also working part-time and spending the rest of my time developing my design......

  • Hey hey hey! It has been a crazy month and it is just now beginning. The memorial break was an awesome, family filled trip. We spent the weekend at the lake and finished up our last  minute prep for Ramadan. Inshallah, Ramadan will begin in just......

  • So this year is the Annual, Dixon family reunion. It takes place in a new state every few years. I believe every other year. This year it is to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, and the family in the state organizes everything. We have committees so......

  • Hello People! I missed you. I have been working on various design projects, updated my main website, logged in one day and found that I had been hacked. It was no fun getting things back up to date, and luckily I have backups of my......

  • I decided to go with AncestryDNA to begin my DNA research. I chose to work with them because they were A) affordable and B) an introductory way for me to learn about my ethnicity. I have not decided if or when I am going to......

  • A lot of my Ancestry research is based on stories I’ve been told and questions that I have. People do ancestry research for various reasons. Maybe they are looking for long lost cousins, distant relatives, and biological parents. Some of the questions that I have......

  • So after spending many years of research with the paper train of family tree’s, sharing stories, and asking a lot of questions. I am currently using the RAW DNA information that I have gotten from my Autosomal results, as well as the ethnic makeup of my DNA......

  • With the results of my Autosomal DNA results, I now have 100’s of new cousins. Well, they have always been my cousins, but now I have access to reach them.   Some people have been very helpful in helping me figure out how we are related,......

  • It’s been a while since I have posted and I have so much to share. As I mentioned in my video, I was going to have my father and my great uncle take the AncestryDNA test. They did, and I have received their results. I......

  • One of the main tools that I am using to assist with my ancestry research is GEDMATCH. I think I may have mentioned it in a previous article. GEDMATCH takes your RAW DNA file and uploads it to a database which then, chromosome by chromosome looks at others in the......