Thanks to African Ancestry and their DNA testing I know that I am Mende from Sierra Leone. I am in the process of tracing my family tree ancestry backwards towards Africa. This is proving to be a daunting task. The lack of records and the disrespect given to our people is just as criminal as Slavery was in its own right. So far I have traced back five generations and now I am stuck. Thanks to African Ancestry I and have a point of start back in Africa.
The Mende are one of the two largest ethnic groups in Sierra Leone, along with the Temne. They make 30% of Sierra Leone’s total population  or 1,888,432 members. The Southern and Eastern Provinces of Sierra Leone, collectively known as the South-eastern is largely populated by the Mende people, with the exception of Kono District (a cosmopolitan settlement, but primarily inhabited by the Kono people).