Thank you to everyone who has linked with me personally and also for linking to the group as well. I want to use this as a vehicle to educate myself, with your input, and to share some of what I know about the Joyce family. I won’t bombard you with everything at once and I wondered where the best place to start would be and I’ve come to the conclusion that the beginning is a pretty good kick off point. That beginning will need to start with some of the reasons why I chose to start using genetic genealogy as an avenue of inquiry in my quest for knowledge on my own family.
Males contain in our YDNA our links back to the beginning of time. This is passed on father to son and over time some parts of it mutate so that two brothers, for example, may pass on different markers to their own sons. Those sons will contain all of the identical markers from their grandfather back but will pass onto their own sons unique markers that their cousins may not necessarily share. Genetic Genealogy tests for those markers and when we share them with other people we know that we have a common ancestor, which brings me to the point of this post.
The man who gave rise to the first genetic marker in my lineage and therefore yours as well, probably lived in northeast Africa in the region of the Rift Valley, perhaps in present-day Ethiopia, Kenya, or Tanzania, some 31,000 to 79,000 years ago.
Scientists put the most likely date for when he lived at around 50,000 years ago. His descendants became the only lineage to survive outside of Africa, making him the common ancestor of every non-African man living today. He was not the only man alive at that time so the name “African Adam” is a misnomer in many ways, but he is the only man whose sons have had sons right down to the present day.
It was his descendants who ventured out of Africa and into the Middle East during the Ice Age and from there he gave rise to those of us whose families took the Joyce surname in the last thousand years.
I’ll pick up the journey out of Africa in the next post.