Woot! See Me on the Latest Episode of Essence LIVE!

Wow. I still can’t believe this happened today. But it did!

Today, the last day of Black History Month 2017, I had the honor of sitting as a guest on the latest episode of Essence LIVE, a Facebook Live program from Essence. We discussed genealogy, in particular, the use of DNA in genealogy to trace one’s origins. Three staff members had their DNA tested by AncestryDNA and had their results revealed live.

To watch the segment, you can click here. Were you surprised by the staff members results? If so, what was surprising? Sound off below.


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Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.


  1. Michelle Offutt
    June 27, 2017

    You just continue to amaze me!

    1. Nicka Smith
      June 30, 2017

      Aww! Really? I can’t wait until we FINALLy meet in person. Just a couple more weeks. *Hugs*

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