Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

Ellen Lukas Kahn


 Hi JoAnne,

I read your post on Jewish Gen and wanted to contact you.  I have done genealogy for over 40 years, searching for both my own and my late husband’s ancestors, all of whom lived for centuries in Germany.  We are first generation Americans.

I have been able to go back on one side to 1685, and found many close connections within our families who lived the same areas of Germany, so I do believe you are correct as to your remark that most Jews in Germany are related a few different ways.

My husband’s paternal side lived in very small villages in Western Germany along the Mosel River just east of Trier, his mother’s family lived just south of there in the Hünsruck mountain range.  My father’s maternal side resided closer to Koblenz in the Rhineland, his paternal ancestors lived further north in small towns near Düsseldorf, and my mother’s family lived in small towns in Wurttemberg such as Schwäbisch Hall and Crailsheim.

I have tried to focus my research going back in time rather than continue to try to contact the hundreds of people who show up on pages and pages of the DNA results. None of the ones I contact were related to us.


Of the surnames you posted, there is one name you listed that is familiar to me.  It is HARFF.  My father’s cousin Ella Kahn married Louis Harf who was born on 10 May 1879.  They both perished in the Holocaust.

I look forward to hearing from you and perhaps share information.



Ellen Lukas Kahn

Homewood, IL



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