Sunday, January 22, 2017

Updated Haplogroup Tree

Last March, I created a haplogroup tree, which looked at the haplogroups (via both y- and mtDNA) that my direct ancestors would have had.  With a few more relatives taking tests, I've been able to fill in a few blanks; here's what I have so far:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mendel & Ita Rutners' DNA

Last summer I wrote about how an old 1999 posting on JewishGen led me to Ron in Australia, my third cousin once removed.  We've been corresponding, sharing family stories and photos.  During the recent FamilyTreeDNA sale, I asked Ron if he would test, particularly since my great-great grandmother Itta Farkas Rutner is on his direct female line, making him one of only two known descendants with her mtDNA.  We tacked on a FamilyFinder to get a better look at Rutner autosomal DNA as well.  Ron's FamilyFinder results just came in; his mtDNA results are still processing.

And we've been able to narrow down quite a bit of Rutner DNA.
Rutner DNA Based on Ron's Shared Segments

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My New 6th Cousin--Thanks to DNA!

About nine months ago, I got an email from someone named Avishay who had just received his DNA results.  One of his closest matches was my mother--and he noticed that I had listed Rutner as one of her ancestral surnames.  Rutner was also the maiden name of Avishay's mother.  (Avishay shares 149cM with my mother, including segments of 25 and 14cM.)  Her parents had both died when she was young, so she didn't know much about her parents--not even the names of her grandparents.  She did know that her father was one of eleven siblings, but she only knew the names of three of them.

Avishay told me his mother had been raised in Khust and that that his maternal grandfather's name was Avraham Rutner--and Avraham was quite a common name among my Rutners.  Between this and the DNA, I figured if I looked into Avishay's family, perhaps they'd end up connecting to my own.  Avishay knew that one of his mother's aunts was named Henche, and she had married someone named Yanko Hoch.
Helena Rutner Hoch Page of Testimony

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Family Bible and My Great Grandfather's Death

Last week, my aunt and uncle had a Chanukah party at their house.  I asked my uncle (my mother's brother) if his mother had ever spoken about having aunts and uncles who were killed in the Holocaust, as my mother had never known that was the case.  He said that he knew that there were relatives killed, but "maybe the family Bible says something."  Family Bible?!?

It turns out my grandmother's youngest brother Herbie received a Chumash (Bible) from the Gemilas Chesed Sisterhood for his Bar Mitzvah.  And Uncle Herbie filled out some of the family information.
Joshowitz Siblings

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Coming to RootsTech?

RootsTech is coming up quickly, and it's still not too late to register at their promotional price!  If you haven't ever been to RootsTech, you're missing out.  It is the largest genealogy conference in the world, with over 200 sessions--and keynote speakers including LaVar Burton (Geordi from Star Trek: The Next Generation, the original Kunta Kinte in Roots, and the Reading Rainbow guy), the Scott Brothers (from HGTV's Property Brothers), Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) and CeCe Moore (Genetic Genealogy guru).

Monday, December 26, 2016

Slews of Sanshucks

A few months back, I wrote about discovering the Brandmans of Krasnoye and how Rochel Brandman and Aryeh Leib Sanshuck were my great-great-great grandparents.  The same set of documents gave me a significant amount of information about the Sanshucks as well.
Birth of Chaya-Pesia Sanshuck; May 6, 1838; Krasnoye, Russian Empire

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This Makes Your Research Look Easy!

I've been doing a lot of transcription for JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG (which I'm now leading).  One town, Sandrovo (now Oleksandrivka, Ukraine), was filled with Fuchs/Fux families, all of whom were related.  But the following marriage record took the cake:

A Fux-filled marriage record