Dowling One Name Study


Welcome to the Haplogroups sub-site of the Dowling One Name Study

This sub-section of the Dowling site is to show more information on the test results from DNA. To make it more interesting I have merged some anthropology into the beginning of the techincal haplogroup tree. This is not the site for a creationist! One of my favourite sayings is that documentary records are precise but prone to inaccuracy and DNA results are accurate but prone to imprecision. You will get the idea when all the technical groups become a blur!

What is important to remember is that most, if not all, of the DNA results will improve with time as more people take the tests. My dream is that eventually the connections between branches will become more precise but, of course, we will not necessarily be able to say what that connection's name is...

For Dowling's it is worth noting, as we go so far back in time, that the ancient Irish would have claimed their surname from a female line as well as a male line. It is nothing to be to annoyed about as at that time other communities were not even using surnames yet!

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Brian Thomas Dowling (1955 - )

The author has tested his DNA and been found to be sub-clade R-FGC28340

DNA Results

I am a Dowling.

My DNA results shows me in a sub-clade with the catchy name of R-FGC28340. But what does this mean?

A sub-clade is a sub-group of a clade, which is itself a sub-group of a haplogroup. These are not references to individuals but groups of individuals who share a particular mutation.

As DNA gets passed down from our earliest organism, every now and then there is a mutation. Something changes in the code, sometimes to evolve a survival trait and possibly sometimes just at random. Some of these mutations remain with us and some do not - that is what makes our DNA different and makes us different as people.

This result is a 'Y'-DNA result so is just the male line.

Y-DNA does not change much or often over hundreds of years, so we can be sure that certain characteristics that consistently figure in a pattern of DNA mean that people are related.

Although the borders should blur some more this map shows the dominant haplogroups for Europe, Middle East and North Africa

A haplogroup is a major branch on tree of humankind. They are associated with early human migrations and many groups are associated with regions of the world.

The value that denotes a haplogroup is called a haplotype. A sub-group of a haplogroup that shares a mutation (and consequently a common ancestor) is called a 'clade' This, in practice, is a little like a related tribe. Below this is another sub-group called a sub-clade.

Well, my father was born in Ireland, I know that, but humans did not always live in Ireland!.

The Dowling One-Name Study is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies