You have discovered that you have 6% Nigerian ethnicity in your DNA or maybe a friend or client has asked about this. What does this mean? Who is this missing link and how do you find this ancestor? Many people have discovered that they have a percentage of African in their genetic makeup. So what next? How do you begin to find your Nigerian ancestor? What do you need to know about Africa, Nigeria, and Nigerian people? What part of Nigeria did your ancestor come from? In this session, as a black British-Nigerian person, I will show you how to start, focus and streamline your search, providing you with important facts and useful tips and resources to help you find your unknown ancestor and possibly, an extended family.
Yetunde Abiola-Jacobs has been researching her family history for 8 years. As a Black British woman of Nigerian and Jamaican descent who has lived in Nigeria for 15 years, she knows all there is to know about Nigeria, its hospitable people and its vibrant culture, and is best placed to provide guidance on how to find your Nigerian Ancestor. She has also lived in Jamaica, Switzerland and Togo and travels extensively for family history research and networking and is conversant with the interplay of histories and politics in today’s multi-cultural world. She has also served as an Ambassador to RootsTech London 2019 and Salt Lake City 2020. Her areas of expertise include the impact of ancestor stories on the lives of future generations and, the complexities and intricacies of Caribbean, Diaspora and Colonial genealogies.