Uncovering Deep Ancestral Lineage Through DNA

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 they lived.

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.


Trekking into Sundaland
24,200 years ago

Taiwanese Genetic Ancestors
18,300 years ago

Taiwan and Beyond?
12,700 - 1000 years ago


1Dr Simon Myers of Oxford University’s Department of Statistics and Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

2WeGene Labs, Shenzhen in China, specializing in Southeast Asian ancestry.

You can email me at: holeman1@gmail.com