Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Genetic Genealogy in San Diego--i4GG!

I live in Maryland.  And it gets cold here in December.  So why not go to....San Diego?  Yes, I'll be speaking at this year's I4GG--the all genetic genealogy conference!
My name is even spelled right! :)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Tribunal of the Other Tolchinskys

My great-great grandfather Hillel had a half brother named Hirsch.  I discuss his family and some of the documentation I have on him here.  While Hillel came to America with his family in the first decade of the twentieth century, Hirsch and his children stayed in what was then the Russian Empire.  They had very different fates--and I now have a set of documents that give a bit of insight into the hardships that Hirsch's family underwent as the Russian Empire became part of the Soviet Union.
Cover Sheet - Food Provisions Session of the Chernigov Guberniya Revolutionary Tribunal, Vissarion Tolchinsky

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Upcoming Talk on Ukraine Trip--Rockville, Maryland

I'll be speaking about my trip to Ukraine next Sunday (October 15, 2017) in Rockville, Maryland.  If you're in the Maryland/DC area, please come!  The talk is sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington (JGSMD) and is free for members, $5 for non-members.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

75th Anniversary of Senkevychivka Ghetto's Destruction

Tonight starts the 75th yahrtzeit (anniversary of death) of those killed during of the destruction of the ghetto in Sienkiewicz√≥wka, Poland (now Senkevychivka, Ukraine).  Among those murdered were three of my great grandparents (Avraham Tzvi Diamond, Tzivia Zutelman Diamond and Avraham Bajcz), a great-great grandfather (Moshe Dovid Fine), a great aunt (Malia Bajcz) and great uncle (Shlomo Diamond).
My great-great grandfather, Moshe Dovid Fine.  Murdered 75 years ago today.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mapping my DNA, October 2017 Edition

Enough of my relatives with known relationships have taken DNA test so that I'm able to attribute the vast majority of my genome to specific ancestors.  (If you're a relative of mine reading this, talk to me about how you can test and be included in future posts like this one and help fill in the gaps!)  Thanks to Kitty Cooper and her Chromosome Mapper tool for automating much of this!

Because of endogamy, I'm only including shared segments 10cM or greater.  This doesn't completely eliminate the chance that some of these segments are in common due to a relationship other than the known one, but it should help.  After removing those smaller segments, I'm able to attribute the following segments of my genome to specific ancestors:
Which Segments from Which Ancestor(s)?
So whose DNA helped me to make sense of this?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harry's Granddaughter, A Blog Success

Back in October 2014 I wrote about my great-great grandmother's half brother Hirsch/Harry Marienhoff.  I had traced his descendants and believed there was only one still living, and although I had her name from her mother's obituary, I couldn't reach her.  That post ended with the words "I've tried contacting the person I think may be Catherine Anne, but I haven't received a response.  Maybe she'll eventually google herself and contact me?"  People talk about blogs being good "relative bait."  Well, it happened.
Birth Record of Hirsch (later Harry) Marienhoff, 1893

Saturday, September 23, 2017

RootsTech 2018. I'm Going--Are You?

I'm excited to announce that I'll be back at RootsTech this winter--both as a speaker and an Ambassador!  This will be my third year in a row attending this conference, and I cannot wait.  Why RootsTech?  The conference gives a great overview of that here (check it out!).
Disclaimer: I am a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks.  But I would still say everything I did in this post if that wasn't the case!