23andMe’s Launches The African Ancestry Project

23andMe today launched the African Ancestry Project, which has been in the works for some time now.  Participants in this project will receive 1 free 23andMe kit.

The project aims to shed light on the health and ancestry of people with African ancestry, an underrepresented group in almost every database (both genealogical and health-related.

Participants in the African Ancestry Project will receive 1 free kit per family, if they are eligible.  Eligible individuals must:

  • Have four (4) grandparents from the same sub-Saharan African country;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have Internet access, be willing to take an online survey about ancestry and provide a saliva sample;
  • Live in the United States in a state that allows 23andMe shipping. (i.e., not Maryland)

And only one free kit per family!

3 Responses

  1. John A Kuehn 2 November 2013 / 9:56 am

    Why is Maryland excluded from states that allow 23AndMe shipping?

  2. Blaine Bettinger 2 November 2013 / 3:04 pm

    John – both NY and Maryland have laws that prohibit direct-to-consumer genetic testing without a physician involved.

  3. Kathryn-Magnolia 12 November 2017 / 12:30 am


    My great grandfather was ARTHUR ALBERT ALEXANDER JOHNSON born 1853 in Jamaica – his father was ALEXANDER CAMPBELL JOHNSON, a Planter, in Jamaica.
    Arthur married SARAH ANN PITTS in Sydney Australia and they had 4 children:
    Wellesley (known as Kicker)
    George (known as Curly) – my grandfather
    Frances Ellen (known as Nellie)
    Do you have any further information of this family tree?

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