Atlanta Family’s Roots Get Tangled up in Africa

February 3, 2011  |  

(msnbc) — When William Holland traveled from Atlanta to Cameroon to dig into his family roots, the quest succeeded beyond his wildest dreams: A blend of genetic testing and genealogical sleuthing connected him with one of the West African nation’s royal families. The king of Mankon, a region in Cameroon, embraced Holland so completely that the American was ceremonially given the name of the king’s father.  But now Holland is facing an embarrassment of genealogical riches: Since he first came upon his royal connection, he has determined that he’s genetically linked not only with nobility in Cameroon, but also with a different clan in Ghana, hundreds of miles to the west. “I think I’m getting toward the end of it…but with this group, you have thousands of thousands of people,” Holland told me as he headed for another extended-family reunion in Ghana.

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