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 relies on the DNA approach. 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. In essence, a haplogroup
is an ancestral clan. Haplogroups chart the clans from which the modern human race originated
and are used to understand genetic lineages. According to the Genographic Project, “Your
haplogroup is your branch on the human family tree. All people alive today belong to distinct
haplogroups ... People belonging to the same haplogroup can trace their descent to a common
ancestor and even a specific place where that ancestor may have lived.”2
For this project, I chose the Y-DNA haplogroup chart because it pertains to a single line of
descent, dating back thousands of years. Moreover, Within this ancestral line, my lineage is
further sub grouped into ancestral sub lineages. Each of these appear in the very geographical
area my genetic ancestors were located when they split off from the main clan to from yet a
My story unfolds 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 living in Sundaland, the Atlantis of Asia, and perhaps ultimately to live on a small tropical
island or even beyond.
To date, Y-DNA tests have yielded my paternal lineage to be of Taiwan-Gaoshan ancestry. More
specifically, it is of the Amis and Atayal people along with southern Han.3
However, going 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.