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How I am related to Genghis Khan
The Times ^ | May 30, 2006 | Mark Henderson

Posted on 05/29/2006 3:32:15 PM PDT by MadIvan

A US accountant has proof that he is descended from the Mongol warlord

THEY seem the unlikeliest of relatives. One was a fearsome warlord whose name became a byword for savagery. The other is a mild-mannered accountancy academic from Florida.

Yet Tom Robinson, 48, has become the first man outside Asia to trace his ancestry directly to Genghis Khan, the 13th-century Mongol leader whose empire stretched from the South China Sea to the Persian Gulf.

And, since his paternal great-great-grandfather emigrated to the United States from Windermere, Cumbria, many more descendants are probably scattered across the Lake District.

Genetic tests have revealed that Mr Robinson, a professor of accountancy at the University of Miami, shares crucial portions of his DNA with the Mongol ruler.

He has little in common with his infamous ancestor. He is not a keen horseman. Though a Republican, his politics are moderate. And while Genghis Khan may have fathered thousands of children, Professor Robinson and his wife, Linda, have no offspring.

“I’m not sure we have too many similarities,” he said. “I obviously haven’t conquered any countries, and though I’ve headed up accounting groups, I’ve done nothing as big as Genghis Khan.

“I’m proud to have such an interesting ancestor. I’ve been reading a lot about him since I found out about the link, and it does seem that his reputation is a little unfair.

“He conquered a lot of countries, but he had a pretty good system of government.”

Professor Robinson’s genetic past was uncovered by Brian Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. His company, Oxford Ancestors, offers genetic tests to help people to trace their family trees.

Samples of Professor Robinson’s DNA were first taken four years ago. Tests suggested that his paternal forebears came from the Caucasus, while his mother’s ancestors originated in the Pyrenees.

Then a study in 2003 suggested that up to 16 million people worldwide — and 8 per cent of Asian men — were descended from Genghis Khan, and Professor Sykes decided to trawl through his database of approximately 25,000 male clients for a match.

The link is revealed by the Y chromosome, a packet of DNA that determines male sex, which is passed down from father to son. Men who share a Y chromosome are invariably descended from the same man at some point in the past, and the accumulation of mutations can be used to date the common ancestor. Women do not have a Y chromosome, so they cannot be tested in the same way, although millions are likely also to be descended from the warlord.

The 2003 study found that large numbers of Asian men from the regions that once made up the Mongol empire shared a single Y chromosome, and that this originated in a man who lived in the early 13th century.

Genghis Khan lived from about 1162 to 1227 and fathered hundreds or even thousands of children as his armies swept across the continent. This makes him by far the most probable source of the common chromosome.

Professor Sykes said: “Genghis Khan may have been the most successful male ever at spreading his genes. He would have passed his Y chromosome on to his sons and grandsons, who inherited his empire and with it an opportunity to spread it even further.

“We knew it exists widely in Asia today, but I was sure it must have moved further afield as well. Tom Robinson is the first man we’ve found who has it who is from a European or American background.”

Oxford Ancestors looked for Genghis Khan’s genetic signature by examining Y chromosomes for nine characteristic DNA markers. Professor Robinson’s Y chromosome is an exact match for eight of the nine markers, and one mutation is expected over the 800 years that separate him from the Mongol ruler.

“It is a very precise match,” Professor Sykes said.

Professor Robinson’s research into his family tree shows that his paternal great-great-grandfather, John Robinson, emigrated from the Windermere area to Illinois, placing the Genghis Khan chromosome firmly in Britain in the relatively recent past.

Ravdan Bold, the Mongolian Ambassador to the US, is holding a reception in Professor Robinson’s honour in Washington DC next month.

Any man who is interested in finding out whether he is descended from Genghis Khan can be tested by Oxford Ancestors for £195.

FROM MONGOLIA TO MIAMI

# Temüjin Borjigin acquired the name Genghis Khan (the king) when he became the Mongol emperor

# He united the Mongol and Turkic tribes of Central Asia, forming the Mongol empire in 1206

# The Mongol horde first conquered Western Xia in northern China. Over several centuries, the empire grew to include much of Eurasia.

# The Mongols also won victories in Eastern Europe, though never established colonies there

# Genghis Khan developed a mounted professional army of 200,000 men

# He had four legitimate sons with his primary wife, Borte, but had dozens if not hundreds more children

# In modern Mongolia he is regarded as a national hero


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At least he's not related to John Kerry.

Regards, Ivan

1 posted on 05/29/2006 3:32:18 PM PDT by MadIvan
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Ping!


2 posted on 05/29/2006 3:33:01 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

I wonder if the prof. has an inexplicable attraction to furry hats.


3 posted on 05/29/2006 3:33:44 PM PDT by Shion (Jaded Southern Californian)
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To: MadIvan
Maybe just reminiscent of Genghis Khan.
4 posted on 05/29/2006 3:34:06 PM PDT by JennysCool (Auxiliary Member of the Anaheim Azusa and Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review and Timing Association)
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To: MadIvan

I wonder if we'll ever see the media use the following line; "Though a DEMOCRAT, his politics are moderate."


5 posted on 05/29/2006 3:34:35 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: JennysCool

Or, maybe the guy is just related to "Jen-Gis" Khan.


6 posted on 05/29/2006 3:35:46 PM PDT by SIDENET (I like liberals...they taste like CHICKEN.)
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To: JennysCool

Genghis Khan was the one that gave John F. Kerry that
hat back in 1968. It was in Cambodia if memory serves.


7 posted on 05/29/2006 3:38:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MadIvan
Genghis Khan developed a mounted professional army of 200,000 men,

He did much more 'mounting'. ;)

8 posted on 05/29/2006 3:38:19 PM PDT by demlosers
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9 posted on 05/29/2006 3:38:49 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: MadIvan

I'm related to Ghengis Khan through Kevin Bacon.


10 posted on 05/29/2006 3:38:58 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: MadIvan

Yep!
Ol Genghis,....one of my more liberal cousins....

(for those who have trouble detecting my jokes, that was one there)


11 posted on 05/29/2006 3:40:22 PM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: tet68

Wasn't that when Christmas, 1968, fell in February?


12 posted on 05/29/2006 3:40:26 PM PDT by JennysCool (Auxiliary Member of the Anaheim Azusa and Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review and Timing Association)
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To: MadIvan
Yeah, well, I'm descended from Noah, so there.
13 posted on 05/29/2006 3:51:22 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: MadIvan; Jim Robinson

A Robinson descended from Genghis Khan...

Any relation, Jim?


14 posted on 05/29/2006 3:51:47 PM PDT by stands2reason (You cannot bully or insult conservatives into supporting your guy.)
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To: Shion

Does the accountant ever have this urge to cook steaks by placing them under the saddle and then riding a hundred miles at full gallop?

(Or was that the Huns....)


15 posted on 05/29/2006 3:53:24 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: MadIvan

My Step-mother once dated Jackie Mason...

Does that make me famous?

Mark


16 posted on 05/29/2006 3:54:04 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: elcid1970

Well, if he ever thought to himself, "Hmmm, fermented mare's milk sounds yummy!" it's a dead giveaway.


17 posted on 05/29/2006 3:55:06 PM PDT by stands2reason (You cannot bully or insult conservatives into supporting your guy.)
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To: JennysCool

Yes, I should know, I was there then, and what a gift we got.

Oops, don't be confused, I was NEVER in Cambodia....


18 posted on 05/29/2006 3:55:53 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Aetius

Excellent point.


19 posted on 05/29/2006 3:56:29 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: MadIvan

My namesake.


20 posted on 05/29/2006 4:02:02 PM PDT by GingisK
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