Gypsy's Travels

Friday, October 5, 2007

Tracking the Migration of the Seven Daughters of Eve

It has long been said that things happen in 3's.....good things? bad things? interesting things? Maybe we just don't notice the things until the 3rd one pops up. Perhaps that is the case here because, although it did not seem related at first, it could be construed that way.

The first thing was a DNA test. At conception, a baby recieves chromosomes from each parent. The sex of the child is determined by the "X" & "Y" chromosomes. Females receive two "X" chromosomes and a male receives one "X" and one "Y." This particular DNA test follows the male / "Y" chromosome. After years of hitting my head against a brick wall with no leads on the progenitors of the family name, I asked my DH to take a DNA test to see if it could suggest a connection I could then explore. It didn't. His ancestors must have been dropped here by aliens.

The second thing happened when I visited DH's brother in California. He encouraged me to read a book he had just finished called "The Seven Daughters of Eve" by Bryan Sykes.
This book examines the true study of DNA extracted from a man found frozen and undiscovered for centuries. Sykes and his colleagues study the mitochondrial DNA, in the "X" chromosome,which is inherited from the mother and mutates very, very slowly, over thousands of years. Eventually, Sykes and his colleagues trace the DNA to seven females who are the ancestors of all Europeans. He assigns names and historical stories to each female - Ursula, Velda, Tara, Xenia, Katrine, Helena, and Jasmine.
The search continues today as the scientists attempt to track the spread of the mitochondrial DNA in the modern world.

The third thing occurred during my 6 a.m. daily walk with my friends. They are a diverse and interesting group whom you will surely hear more about, in time. In the course of one of our conversations, Friend K mentioned that she was related to Tara I. Tara I is one of the so-called seven daughters of Eve. Thus, we came full circle when I asked how she knew.

I refer you to this site and urge you to have your DNA tested to help map the migration of the seven daughters of Eve. It took my friend over a year to find which daughter she was descended from and, of course, there are no names, only numbers. Be a part of history!

This is taken from the letter I received after I requested a DNA kit:

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We appreciate your contribution to this important and historical study. You are helping us grow the world genetic family tree, one branch at a time! Genealogical and genetic data submitted to our study by you and others will provide valuable information to many people worldwide who are earnestly seeking their family roots, both today and in generations to come. You can help build the database at an expedited pace by collecting additional DNA samples and genealogies from family members,friends, and neighbors. We can ship the collection material directly to
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  1. If you have finished that book, I have several others of interest.

    One thing I found out was that the Polynesians originated in SE Asia, through Taiwan. Having spent some time there years ago, I always wondered about the people they called "The Aborigines," The were taller, slimmer, had light brown hair and did not look like Asians. I found out in doing some Internet research, that these were the original inhabitants on the island and were "aboriginal Polynesians."

    I have several books that talk about Western China, which was originally populated by Caucasians with light colored hair and were beautiful weavers, in fact early plaid fabrics have been found there that predate those of the Celtic people.

    And it goes on from there, many books with lots of trails to research.

  2. I guess if you find out which one you are related to, then I'll know which one I'm related to, too.

  3. That's what I was thinking!


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