I got my Ancestry results uploaded on Gedmatch recently and I just found we share a common ancestor.
I believe we are 4th cousins and we share a 3G-grandparent.
|My father & uncle's shared segment with María|
About me, my name is María. I was born in Zaragoza, Spain.With my family's long history in what's now Ukraine, plus the (only) one 11.4cM segment shared by both my father and uncle with María, the connection is likely much further than than third great grandparents.
My paternal grandfather's family is from Ventosa de la Cuesta, Matapozuelos and La Seca, in Valladolid. Their surnames are: Gutiérrez, Sanz, Roman, Buenaposada, De la Cuesta, Del Toro, Cantalapiedra, Panyagua o Paniagua, Nieto Cobos, Rico, De Vega,...
Some of them moved to Zaragoza and Barcelona around 1920. Later, some of them moved to México and America because of the Spanish Civil War. Some of their surnames include: Tabuenca, Córdoba, Castano, Almanza, Mora, Duran, Moyer,...
My paternal grandmother's family is from different villages of Aragón, Spain. Their surnames are Guillén, Lorén, Bosque,... I know some of them travelledd to America in early 20th Century in an attemp to make some money.
My mother's grandfather family is from Ricla and La Almunia, among other villages of Aragón, Spain. Their surnames are Navarro, Fernando, Lacarta, Come,... But I don't have much information on them.
My mother's grandmother family is from Aragón, Navarra and southern France, but I don't have much information either. Their surnames are San Felipe or Sanfelipe, Asensio,...
María doesn't match any of the rest of my family's kits--including my paternal grandmother's. So whatever connection we have is via my paternal grandfather, Paul Diamond. None of his relatives who have tested match María, so I can't narrow down any further which line has the connection. But what is clear is that that 11.4cM match likely comes from a shared Sephardic ancestor with María, over 500 years ago!
I guess those two years of Spanish in high school were just exploring my then-unknown heritage!
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