Tracing My Genetic Paternal Lineage
These web pages tell a story of the trail travelled through the ages by my deep genetic
male ancestors. It extends back in time to a common ancestor who lived over 31,200
years ago. He was among a small Eurasian clan migrating east into Asia. Their
ventures would ultimately become a pattern of migrations. No doubt, this was brought
on by the environmental challenges they faced. Moreover, it would be the cause of
genetic changes in their genome.
As one researcher says, DNA really has the power to tell stories and uncover details
of humanity’s past. Because the DNA approach uses only genetic data, it provides information
independent from other sources.1
My story follows the DNA approach. More
specifically, I use a Y-DNA lens to analyze my paternal lineage because each generation of
fathers passes on intact copies of their genetic male chromosomes to their sons.
As it happens, the path taken by my paternal lineage stays in Asia. In genetic genealogy terms,
this classifies my lineage as the Asian Y-DNA Haplogroup O. Haplogroups pertain to a single line
of descent, usually dating back thousands of years. Within this ancestral line, my lineage is
further sub grouped into sub lineages, which occur sequentially over time.
I unfold my story in the same sequential way. The saga begins with my earliest genetic ancestors,
an Ice Age Eurasian clan, as they embark east into deep Asia. Each sub lineage marks a point of
migration in my paternal lineage, and I show how each was impacted the physical environment in which
Yet, through all of this, my genetic ancestors endured surviving the ice age on the mainland
to life on a small tropical island. In the process, they had gone from being a band of a few
to becoming a horde of many.
Ultimately, Y-DNA tests decided my paternal lineage to be of Taiwan-Gaoshan ancestry. More
specifically, it is of the Amis and Atayal people along with southern Han.2
However, beyond that point, Y-DNA tests have added two more sub lineages to my genetic ancestry.
As data become available, they will provide clues to bring my paternal lineage closer to the present.
At this point, the most recent lineage tends to appear on the eastern coastal regions of Asia according
to a recent study published in April 2017. So, I shall go where YDNA evidence leads me.
Click on the links below to follow my genetic trail.