Re: Need Help With DNA Puzzle #dna

EdrieAnne Broughton

Everyone seems to blame ghettos for endogamy but religious groups with marriage rules also contributed to endogamy.  My own ancestry (on both sides) has Society of Friends (Quakers) but in different geographical areas.  The rules of the religion allow members to marry but only to other members and need the consent of the congregation.  The only way to marry outside of the religion would be for the non Quaker proposed spouse to apply to join and to be accepted...then to go through the process to get the marriage accepted.  In doing research on some Jewish in-laws, I've found some of the same sort of pressures in Europe in the early to mid 1800s.  The only good news in my Quakers is they kept careful records, even when they were fleeing areas where persecution was if I could retroactively outlaw repetitive naming patterns.  
EdrieAnne Broughton, Vacaville, California

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