- Extreme Family History
details of my paternal DNA ancestry. Please
click here for details of my mother's mitochondrial DNA
I know very little about ancestors on my father's side of the family
I decided to have my DNA analyzed by Oxford Ancestors. I signed
up on their website, paid the fee and waited for the kit to arrive.
When it arrived I had to swab the inside of my cheek with a small
brush then send it off to Oxford.
I had my
paternal Y-chromosome analyzed to see which clan I originated from.
Most chromosomes come in pairs with one of each pair being inherited
from your father and the other from your mother. The Y-chromosome
is the exception, only males have one and they inherit it exclusively
from their fathers. The Y-chromosome is also unusual because while
all other chromosomes are packed with genes that control the myriad
of functions of the human body, the Y-chromosome has only one gene
of any real importance - the sex-determining gene. This gene makes
males male. Without it all human embryos would remain as females
and all babies would be girls. A man inherits his Y-chromosome from
his father, who got it from his father, who got it from his father
and so on back through time for thousands of years.
after sending off my sample the results arrived.
to the clan of Gilgamesh. The Clan of Gilgamesh is thought to have
arisen in the Middle East about 30,000 to 40,000 years ago. It's
presence in Europe is probably the result of the migration of Middle
Eastern farmers during the Neolithic period about 10,000 years ago.
The modern day members of the clan of Gilgamesh are found predominantly,
though not exclusively in central Eurasia and the Middle East. The
distribution in the following countries and among the following
peoples is: Iran (40%), Lebanon (30%), the Greenland Inuit (25%),
Ethiopia (10%), the Kazbegi of Georgia (10%), the Berbers (5%),
Iraq (2%) and the British Isles (1%).
the results quite interesting since my father was Indian and born
find more information at the Oxford
2005 Gerald Majumdar