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The DNA Profile of the Ming Dynasty

Are you a descendant of the Ming Dynasty?

Discover a possible family connection with the Ming Dynasty and also compare yourself with many other famous people!

The DNA of the Ming Dynasty

The Ming Dynasty marked an era of great social stability and orderly government in China's history. It marked the period from 1368 to 1644 and was founded by the Han Chinese Zhu family. The origin of the Zhu family is in Anhui province. The most common haplogroups in this region are O1 and O3, which belong to haplogroup O, which is especially common among the Chinese Han.

The Ming Dynasty was founded by Zhu Yuanzhang, also known as the Hongwu Emperor, who intervened in the history of China for a long time. As the son of poor farmers, he began his life in poverty and grew up on the farm. After a devastating year of famine and disease that decimated his family, Zhu joined a Buddhist monastery and later joined the rebel army to resist Mongol rule. After a series of successful campaigns and power struggles from the military, he gained control of China and proclaimed the Ming Dynasty.

One notable achievement of the Ming Dynasty was the construction of the Great Wall of China. While the wall itself began long before the Ming Dynasty came to power, the emperors on the throne during this period contributed significantly to its reinforcement and maintenance. This architectural landmark served as a defensive barrier against enemy invasions and to this day stands as a symbol of the cultural and political strength of China.

Under the rule of the Ming Dynasty, Chinese culture experienced a rebirth. Literature, fine arts, crafts and music flourished during this period. It was also during the Ming Dynasty that science and technology made significant advances, including the refinement of printing. The famous navigator Zheng He, led seven expeditions during this period that increased the Chinese presence in Southeast Asia and East Africa.

Despite these achievements, the Ming Dynasty was also a time of economic volatility, marked by corruption, rebellion, and natural disasters. The eventual collapse of the government was triggered by social unrest, related to peasant unrest and Manchu invasion. The last Ming emperor, Chongzhen, subsequently committed suicide in 1644, marking the end of the Ming Dynasty and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty.

In summary, the Ming Dynasty represents a pivotal era in Chinese history. It left a lasting legacy in the form of architectural marvels such as the Great Wall of China, technological heritage, and brought about a cultural rebirth that shaped China's artistic and literary life. Further genetic studies could further deepen and broaden our understanding of this important period.

The Ming dynasty belonged to haplogroup O-M175 in the paternal line.

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Tracing My Roots Back to the Ming Dynasty: My Journey with iGENEA DNA Testing

My experience with iGENEA was an eye-opening one as I traced my heritage back to the influential Ming Dynasty through their DNA testing kit. With straightforward procedures, exceptional customer service, and insightful results, it is a journey I'd recommend to anyone. (M. Luthard)

Delving into my genetic past with iGENEA has been an incredible journey. The process of getting my DNA tested was straightforward. The kit arrived promptly and the instructions provided were clear and easy to follow. All I needed to do was take a simple cheek swab sample, seal it, and mail it back to the laboratory. The waiting period for processing was an exercise in patience, but the anticipation only added to my excitement.

I have always had an interest in history, particularly Eastern civilizations. Receiving the news that I shared common ancestors with the Ming Dynasty was a surreal moment. The Ming Dynasty, ruling from 1368 to 1644, was a period of cultural restoration and expansion in China. It is fascinating to think that my personal history may have been intertwined with such an influential period.

The information provided was in-depth and came with explanations for people who may not be familiar with the genetics behind DNA. The customer service team was also exceptional. They answered all my questions, walking me carefully through the results and making sure I understood all the implications.

One of my favorite parts of this journey was the new connection to my roots. Having a previously undiscovered link to a significant time in China’s history has led to a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. This unexpected link has sparked a desire to delve deeper into Chinese literature, traditions, and historical monuments such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

The entire experience with iGENEA has been smooth, insightful, and immensely rich. The revelation of my link to the Ming Dynasty added a new perspective to my understanding of myself and my family history.

It has prompted me to consider not just who I am, but where I come from, which is a compelling journey that anyone would find beneficial. I wholeheartedly recommend iGENEA for anyone interested in exploring their heritage; the experience is simply unparalleled.

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Questions and answers about the DNA test

How long does a DNA origin analysis take?

After we have received the samples it normally takes 6 weeks for the fist results. Depending on the chosen test the result is thus already fully ready or further analysis are done.

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If you order and pay for a test set for somebody else online, the address of the other person under “Comments”. We will then send the collection kit to the address of this person. You can also place your order by phone or e-mail.

This is how the DNA origin analysis works

A Mucus Sample suffices to get a sample of your DNA. Taking the sample is simple and painless and can be done at home. Send the samples with the envelop included in the sampling kit.

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