DNA uncovers King ancestry

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    A website has traced the roots of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family tree.


     

     

     

     

     

     

    A website has traced the roots of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family tree.
     
    AfricanAncestry.com has announced that through DNA testing on Martin Luther King III, it has traced his father’s side of the paternal ancestry to Ireland. The site also discovered that the maternal side of Coretta Scott King’s lineage can be linked to the Mende people of Sierra Leone.

     
    "One test can reveal the lineage of an entire family," said site co-founder
 Gina Paige. "As an African American, I’m personally proud and passionate about all the families we’ve been able to help since our inception several years ago.”
     
    The family tree of
    Dr. Marcus Garvey was also unearthed by AfricanAncestry.com, which was another special treat for the company.

     
    “It is of the highest professional honor that we’ve contributed to history by tracing the ancestries of these iconic families. This is truly a milestone for us," Gina said.

     
    The paternal side of Marcus’ family is based in Portugal and Spain. Meanwhile the maternal side of his family tree has roots in what is now Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Senegal.

     

     

    — Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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