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South African Y-DNA - Male Progenitors

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  • Michael George Doubell, SV/PROG (1799 - 1871)
    Obituary in The Grahamstown Journal on Monday 25th September, 1871. Thanks to Sue Mackay for her transcriptions done in the archives in England. A WATERLOO VETERAN Mr. M.G. DOUBELL of Eland’s ...
  • John Pearce (1889 - c.1952)
  • Francois Viljoen SV/PROG (c.1646 - 1689)
    2. Latest evidence regarding Francois Viljoen’s origin New evidence, based on a primary source, quite recently appeared and points in the direction of Limburg and/or Wallonia in modern day Bel...
  • Harmen Jansz Potgieter, SV/PROG (1635 - 1705)
    Verhuis na Amsterdam in 1670. Word soldaat vir VOC en kom na Kaap van Goeie Hoop. MOOC10/1.72 - Frederiksz, Beeletje - 1712/02/10 Vendu Rol van alle soodanige goederen als Beeletje Frederiksz met &#x...
  • Willem Schalkz van der Merwe, SV/PROG (1648 - 1716)
    Bronne /Sources Navorsing gedoen deur Emerentia J v Rensburg - Navorser aanbeveel deur NAAIRS. Judi Marais-Meyer register Emerentia v Rensburg Register. Hester Maria Christina register. Jun...

Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) is passed from father to son along an all-male line (highlighted in blue in the illustration below). Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is passed from mother to child along an all-female line (See South African mtDNA Progenitors). Males pass Y-DNA to their sons, but do not pass mtDNA to their children.

Your Y-DNA-line is therefore your father's father's father etc; and your Y-DNA South African Progenitor is the first man on that line who arrived in SA.

Project Aim:

To collect all our Y-DNA PROGS' profiles, with a list of their Geni user descendants. Below, please add your South African Y-DNA PROG if you can trace him back to his arrival in SA on the Geni tree. Alternatively if you know him from genetic testing and he is on the tree.

To participate in any project

- you do need to first be a collaborator or collaborating with a collaborator- so please join the project using the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page. Visit Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance.

TIP: If you know your Y-DNA Progenitor, Jeff Gentes' wonderful History Link App provides a way to check if there are others on the Geni tree who share him with you: + 'Ancestor Graph' ( top right) + Little boxed face in the middle, next to your name, & change the person to your Y-DNA PROG's profile link + Change the box options below to '15 Generations to Display'; 'Descendants' & 'Y-DNA' + 'Build Graph' (green box, top right) + Choose the 'Status' circle option - as this will show you which of his descendants are also Geni users (claimed profiles)


South African Y-DNA Progenitors on Geni:


*Ferdinandus Appel Haplogroup R1b?

(One of the most publicised South African Y-DNA cases. See attached document for full details: Appel Botha (Cornelitz) : the abc of a three hundred year old divorce case.)

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:


*Thomas Christopher Barry Haplogroup R-DF27

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • C Barry[confirmed by genetic test]

*Joseph Barry Haplogroup R-L21

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • (not on geni, confirmed by genetic test)

* Zacharias Blomerus Haplogroup N-M232

(The only Blomerus progenitor in South Africa.)

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

* Friedrich Botha SV/PROG Haplogroup R1b?

(One of the most publicised South African Y-DNA cases. See attached document for full details: Appel Botha (Cornelitz) : the abc of a three hundred year old divorce case.)


* James Carruthers Haplogroup I1-M253

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • Ian Carruthers Great Grand son of James Carruthers, Haplo I1-M253 [confirmed by genetic test]

* Joseph Johannes Corrie Halpogroup R-Z253

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • Drummond Corrie 2nd Great Grand son of Joseph Johannes Corrie, Haplo R-Z253 [confirmed by genetic test]


* Andries de Beer Halpogroup N1c1

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

*Michael George Doubell Predicted Haplogroup R-M269 (R1b1a1a2)

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:





*Johann Greyling Haplogroup R-ZP91

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:



*Richard Holmes Haplogroup R1b1b2a1a2d

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:




* Claas Jansz van Rensburg, SV/PROG Haplogroup I1

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

*Jonker van Makassar Haplogroup K-M9

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • ?





* Charles Marais, SV/PROG Haplogroup R1b1a2

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • Stephannes Petrus Jansen van Rensburg - Uncle of C June Barnes Confirmed -




*John Pearce Predicted Haplogroup R-M269

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • Pearce [Confirmed R-M269 by genetic test]

*Harmen Jansz Potgieter Haplogroup R CTS8401 (R1a1a1b1a3b1)

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:





* Christoffel Snyman Haplogroup I-M253 (alias I1, prev. I1a) - Z60 subclade (prev. I1a2a).

Haplogroup I-M253 (Y-DNA) is the original paternal lineage of Nordic Europe (Z60 is a subclade under this haplogroup). The highest frequencies of the I-M253 lineage are now found in Scandinavian countries. I-M253 males are currently present throughout Europe, consisting of about 40 percent of the male population of Norway, 35 percent of Finland, between 10 and 11 percent of French, about 18 percent of German and between 10 and 22 percent of the British Isles. Sources:1. Geno 2.0 test results by the Geneographic Project of National Geographic.2. The document Snyman_genetics_20140423_v0.4.pdf under the Sources tab:

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:


*Douwe Gerbrandt Steyn SV/PROG Predicted Haplogroup R-M269

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:





*Hendrik Venter, SV/PROG Haplogroup R1a1a1b1a1. (SNP R-M458, which is Slavic - Central European.)

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

*Francois Viljoen Haplogroup R-A426

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:






*Mbulali aZwide SV/PROG Haplogroup E1b1a (aka E-M2)

(Extrapolated from Y DNA descendant Nelson Mandela)

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni: Discussions


*[Name] Predicted Haplogroup ?

Y-DNA Descendants on Geni:

  • [Name][confirmed by genetic test][No genetic test result yet]



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