A friend who has no experience in Genning asked me the following question.
We met a man on a tiyul last winter who strongly resembled my father's family. When
I told him that my father came >from a town in Russia called Krasilov, he said that
there was no connection. His father came >from Vienna. Then at the end of the tiyul
we learned that his last name, Scherer, and my father's last name, Shear, were
virtually the same. I told him that when my brother comes to Jerusalem in August,
we'll get together. Which we did. I feel more strongly than ever because of the
meeting that we're >from the same family.
How do I find out whether the Scherers >from Vienna and the Shears >from Krasilov are
from the same family?Sincerely,
Maale Adumim, Israel
This looks like a perfect case for a Y-DNA test. In the worst case, there will be
no match, but your data will stay in the database. I just was contacted (two years
after the test) by a man by the last name of Rosa who "always thought he was Puerto
-Rican". We had a 12 marker match. It looks we may have had a common Sephardic
ancestor some 500-800 years ago and that the name Feldblum may have come >from Rosa.
It is pure speculation at this point, but strangest things have happened.
And, by the way, Krasilov is not that far >from Vienna. Some marriage records show a
bride and a groom >from places just as far apart.
Potomac, MD, USA
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