Re: Origin of Latvian Jews #latvia

Jill Whitehead

Although all my ancestors came from the borders of NE Poland and SW Lithuania, my DNA shows I am seven eighths Ashkenazi and one eighth Sephardic.  One of my family's male lines has a rare sub clade of the J2 haplogroup that could be considered either Ashkenazi or Sephardic, but the ancestry may not come from that direction. Another male line has the classic Levite signature of a rabbinical family which is said to originate in medieval Spain.

I match on my DNA autosomal results with a number of people of known Spanish and Portuguese origin, and with Spanish or Portuguese names. Last year I had an in depth K16 test done by a European provider that showed my DNA had significant Spanish and Portuguese influences, especially a close resemblance to the DNA of the Belmonte converso people of Portugal.

The overall Sephardic proportion may be small in comparison to the Ashkenazi, but it is still there as a signal from the past.  

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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