If you want to discover your genetic history and where you came from... you’ve found the right place!


review of scientific and news articles on dna testing and popular genetics

Where Do I Come From: Monica Sanowar

Friday, July 12, 2013

Where Do I Come From

Real People's DNA Stories

A Red-Hot Tale from the Nation's Capital

By Monica R. Sanowar


I took my first test with Family Tree in 2006. This test showed my mtDNA as L3e2b2 and it went like this:

52% West African

39% European


0% Native American

I could not believe the East Asian part, and I shrugged it off and thought—that has to be Native American.

So, fast forward—I took another test with Ancestry.com. This was autosomal and showed:

48% - West African

44% - European


How can you be UNKNOWN?

Neither of these tests really breaks down what country your people may have originated from. So then I tried 23&me, their autosomal offering.

49% - West African

48.3% European - Central - Northern - Non-specific

and the leftovers were .7 EAST ASIAN & NATIVE (although the NA box did not turn red)


I knew from family history that NA was on both sides of my fence. I also was aware that I had four of the traits Melungeon people have. I have the ridge in the back of my head that you can lay your finger in; I have ridges on the teeth and I can make the clicking sound on the shovel teeth; I have the Asian eyefold, and the very high arches. Can't get my foot inside of a boot and if I do, I can't get it off.  I was amazed that I got my results in less than two weeks!

Finally, I tried DNA Consultants. Its test was the very first that didn't show "UNKNOWN" or non-specific. Everything was accounted for, although I did find a few shocks. No one told me about Sephardic Jews or the Portuguese. At last, a test verified my Native roots with valid matches to tribes or nations and confirmed Native American autosomal markers—from both parents, as I had been told.

I got into Native culture back in 1983 when I started to go to powwows. I finally felt at home. I enjoyed seeing people that looked like me, mixed. My great-great-great grandmother was listed on the FREE NEGRO LIST where it asked How Freed? And it was written BORN FREE. Then came a description— a light-skinned black, with long straight black hair and a small scar on her hand. Below is a picture of her daughter, Alethea Preston Pinn. Alethea's father was a white man named Allen Preston. Alethea had seven children with James E. Colvin, who was white, and all

of their children were put on Walter Plecker's list of "mongrels" not allowed to vote or go to school. That was 1943. Not that long ago.

So, I got a second cousin to take the test with 23&me who comes directly from

Sarah Pinn (the alleged light-skinned black woman). My cousin's haplogroup came in A2N - Native American.

I know that some things may show and some not, but DNA Consultants' test knocked the EAST ASIAN right off the page. I've learned a lot of different things with DNA testing, but DNA Consultants' is the best one I have seen and is well worth the money. 

I love it when these geneticists and genealogists out there decide what you do or do not have in your family tree, especially the Indian part of the tree.  As if this just could not have happened . . . .  I am proud of all of it.  I can just about hang up a flag from everywhere.   

I can't praise the DNA Fingerprint Plus enough and wish I'd known about it years ago. I really appreciate all of the knowledge and insight Dr. Yates has about genealogy and history that I was totally unaware of. I actually spoke to him on the phone at length and he truly made my day. I highly recommend DNA Consultants' service to people who are looking for the truth about their genealogy.

And speaking of spicy mixtures, check out my hot sauces at Sun Pony. They've got secret, all-natural ingredients just like the family!

Alethea Preston Pinn, my great-great-grandmother on my paternal side.

My mother, Mary Wood.

My great-aunt Lenora Wood.


Elizabeth Colvin, a granddaughter of Alethea Preston Pinn. "Contrary to the belief and convictions of many people, long hair really does exist in my family," says Monica Sanowar. "It isn't a made-up fantasy and this was long before hairweaves.  My cousin's hair was down to her calves." 

Guest blog author Monica Sanowar is the founder of Sun Pony Distributors Inc., makers of a line of all-natural, wholesome condiments and energy supplements found in stores up and down the East Coast. Her first hot sauce was Yellow Thunder and her Native name is Sundancer. SunPony's D.C. Redbone Hot Sauce is the official hot sauce of the Anacostia Indians, D.C.'s little known indigenous people, who were first recorded by Capt. John Smith in 1608.  Sanowar lives in Washington, D.C., not far from the Anacostia's village site, now a national historical landmark. Watch grassdancer Rusty Gillette in a video about D.C. Redbone. 

Phyllis Starnes commented on 12-Jul-2013 04:42 PM

Monica Sanowar,

I had the pleasure of analyzing your personal DNA profile and preparing your report.

I am pleased that our detailed report validated your known ancestry.

Thank you for sharing your experience with DNA Consultants.

Phyllis Starnes
Assistant Investigator
DNA Consultants

BCarr commented on 18-Jun-2015 02:57 AM

It appears that your DNA results of a preponderance of African and Caucasian genes is in line with the latest DNA studies that have pretty much confirmed that "Melungeon" is not a tri-racial (i.e. native American, Caucasian, and Portuguese) construct but rather a biracial heritage of mainly Caucasian and African DNA markers.

Please tell us what you think

Name, website, and email are optional; if we publish your comment, your name will be shown, and may be linked to your website if provided, but the email you enter will not be published.

Captcha Image



Recent Posts


haplogroup R Melungeon Movement Irish DNA Puerto Rico Virginia DeMarce haplogroup J Ananya Mandal Tom Martin Scroft John Wilwol Ashkenazi Jews Ripan Malhi Penny Ferguson Arizona State University Oxford Nanopore rapid DNA testing Maronites Genex Diagnostics Old World Roots of the Cherokee Mother Qualla Clovis Mary Settegast b'nei anousim Daniel Defoe Population genetics Charlotte Harris Reese breast cancer Peter Martyr news Holocaust private allele Asiatic Fathers of America Native American DNA Test Israel Melungeon Heritage Association Sinti history of science haplogroup B Indian Territory human leukocyte antigens Les Miserables Sam Kean Anne C. Stone IntegenX rock art bloviators Black Dutch Anglo-Saxons Nadia Abu El-Haj Jim Bentley Henriette Mertz Hertfordshire American Journal of Human Genetics Rare Genes Charles Darwin Svante Paabo Douglas Preston Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act palatal tori X chromosome Bigfoot religion Hawaii Russia Bering Land Bridge Robinson Crusoe mental foramen Tifaneg Kari Schroeder Sizemore surname archeology Muslims in American history Tutankamun Mark Stoneking Genie Milgrom Eske Willerslev Monya Baker Panther's Lodge mummies Kentucky Anne Marie Fine Joseph Andrew Park Wilson Ziesmer, Zizmor American history Johnny Depp Melba Ketchum Mexico Nephilim, Fritz Zimmerman Scientific American FBI Nayarit AP Carl Zimmer immunology New York Academy of Sciences Alec Jeffreys William Byrd Acadians Gravettian culture consanguinity Y chromosome DNA BBCNews Abenaki Indians Anasazi Lebanon Austronesian, Filipinos, Australoid FDA Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Navajo Indians Walter Plecker origins of art ethnic markers DNA Fingerprint Test Basques Choctaw Indians Sarmatians Henry VII haplogroup C Olmec Current Anthropology Ancient Giantns Who Ruled America Mark Thomas El Paso Sea Peoples When Scotland Was Jewish Turkic DNA London cancer Washington D.C. Rebecca L. Cann Panther's Lodge Publishers Lithuania haplogroup T Genome Sciences Building Israel, Shlomo Sand Khazars hominids Isabel Allende giants art history Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama ethnicity Stone Age Tintagel Holocaust Database Teresa Panther-Yates Science magazine Egyptians Zizmer Monica Sanowar Cajuns Thruston Tablet Solutreans Pueblo Grande Museum Irish history MHC Luca Pagani Helladic art Horatio Cushman Yates surname human migrations Sonora forensics Alabama Jan Ravenspirit Franz Pima Indians Gregory Mendel clan symbols Early Jews and Muslims of England and Wales (book) Kari Carpenter Patagonia Indo-Europeans population genetics Early Jews of England and Wales Antonio Torroni Colima Jewish genetics Cree Indians Salt River Texas A&M University prehistory Joseph Jacobs Peter Parham Ancestry.com mitochondrial DNA haplogroup E methylation occipital bun Bode Technology Melungeons haplogroup U Applied Epistemology John Ruskamp Colin Renfrew autosomal DNA FOX News Navajo Normans haplogroup M Cismaru Slovakia Terry Gross Cherokee DNA Richard Dewhurst Dragging Canoe New York Times Europe Michoacan Cherokee Freedmen Patrick Pynes Eric Wayner Nature Communications Barnard College Irish Central bar mitzvah Sasquatch pipe carving Greeks ged.com Celts Denisovans European DNA family history Rutgers University statistics Zionism Rafael Falk North Carolina Douglas Owsley crypto-Jews Gypsies Philippa Langley haplogroup G University of Leicester Wikipedia Keros oncology CODIS markers Akhenaten Cherokee DNA Project Tucson Asian DNA National Museum of Natural History climate change National Geographic Daily News Nature Genetics Finnish people Illumina Great Goddess Satoshi Horai Lab Corp First Peoples metis New York Review of Books ancient DNA Hopi Indians Family Tree DNA Native American DNA North African DNA Juanita Sims Ari Plost human leukocyte testing INORA Elizabeth C. Hirschman Ron Janke Asiatic Echoes Chris Stringer Jalisco George van der Merwede Sizemore Indians Harold Sterling Gladwin Phyllis Starnes Romania Sorbs Melungeon Union Marie Cheng Phillipe Charlier Harry Ostrer Phoenicians French DNA Stephen Oppenheimer Smithsonian Institution India Caucasian Chauvet cave paintings Grim Sleeper Donald N. Yates pheromones DNA Forums Neanderthals Altai Turks Victor Hugo Bill Tiffee Gunnar Thompson education Black Irish Comanche Indians DNA testing companies population isolates Cohen Modal Haplotype Janet Lewis Crain Magdalenian culture Waynesboro Pennsylvania Italy ENFSI personal genomics hoaxes Ethel Cox Ireland Beringia Bulgaria Belgium anthropology Erika Chek Hayden Chris Tyler-Smith Arizona Kennewick Man Jewish novelists phenotype myths Bryony Jones Colin Pitchfork Etruscans Discovery Channel GlobalFiler Leicester corn linguistics Pomponia Graecina Promega Michael Schwartz Mildred Gentry Myra Nichols Chuetas DNA Fingerprint Test Richard III Nova Scotia genealogy Stony Creek Baptist Church David Reich China Riane Eisler Miguel Gonzalez clinical chemistry Shlomo Sand aliyah Odessa Shields Cox Barack Obama Daily News and Analysis Valparaiso University New Mexico Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America Maya haplogroup Z Cleopatra Zuni Indians cannibalism Henry IV King Arthur Khoisan National Health Laboratories BATWING admixture Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Secret History of the Cherokee Indians Wales university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chromosomal Labs Bode Technology andrew solomon Richmond California ethics Stan Steiner Stephen A. Leon Phoenix James Shoemaker Moundbuilders Douglas C. Wallace Gila River B'nai Abraham Sir Joshua Reynolds Bentley surname research single nucleotide polymorphism haplogroup N Elzina Grimwood Jewish GenWeb Gustavo Ramirez Calderon megapopulations Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Middle Eastern DNA DNA security Jewish contribution to world literature Arabic genetic determinism Cooper surname genetics Jews Oxford Journal of Evolution Cismar Tennessee Tucson crosses Wendell Paulson Roma People Cancer Genome Atlas England Russell Belk Fritz Zimmerman Jesse Montes Theodore Steinberg The Calalus Texts peopling of the Americas gedmatch microsatellites Charles Perou French Canadians Jon Entine King Arthur, Tintagel, The Earliest Jews and Muslims of England and Wales 23andme Germany Old Souls in a New World Richard Buckley Albert Einstein College of Medicine genomics labs The Nation magazine Plato District of Columbia African DNA Britain Hohokam Indians Silverbell Artifacts NPR Rich Crankshaw Mary Kugler alleles research Joel E. Harris epigenetics Science Daily, Genome Biol. Evol., Eran Elhaik, Khazarian Hypothesis, Rhineland Hypothesis Roberta Estes Constantine Rafinesque familial Mediterranean fever Maui N. Brent Kennedy Virginia genealogy EURO DNA Fingerprint Test HapMap haplogroup X Cave art horizontal inheritance Abraham Lincoln Nancy Gentry Majorca prehistoric art medicine DNA magazine Arabia Middle Ages Ukraine Rush Limbaugh David Cornish Telltown Hadassah Magazine PNAS health and medicine Discover magazine Sinaloa Hispanic ancestry DNA Diagnostics Center Ostenaco Columbia University Michael Grant M. J. Harper Melanesians Hohokam Richard Lewontin powwows Micmac Indians Nikola Tesla Pueblo Indians Life Technologies Kate Wong Stacy Schiff Elizabeth DeLand Alia Garcia-Ureste Jack Goins Brian Wilkes Thuya genetic memory Smithsonian Magazine Havasupai Indians Bureau of Indian Affairs Amy Harmon Central Band of Cherokee haplogroup W Scotland race James Stritzel Austro-Hungary Marija Gimbutas Anacostia Indians Elvis Presley DNA Wendy Roth Mohawk mutation rate Iran Timothy Bestor Algonquian Indians Kitty Prince of the Bear River Athabaskans Taino Indians Bradshaw Foundation seafaring DNA databases Paleolithic Age haplogroup H Louis XVI Mucogee Creeks Freemont Indians haplogroup D evolution Epigraphic Society Neolithic Revolution George Starr-Bresette haplogroup L Kurgan Culture John Butler Central Band of Cherokees surnames Dienekes Anthropology Blog Patrick Henry far from the tree El Castillo cave paintings Cornwall ISOGG Bryan Sykes Y chromosomal haplogroups polydactylism