help with ged/dna #dna


I have a problem I have 17% European Jewish DNA , only one is my grandfather possibility He was born in Via Austria  his mother left him at the border to Hungary and He had a note pined on saying his name Lipot or Leopold and mothers name

 Apollonia .He grow up in a orphanage , have nothing else .

At gedmatch  I see lot of Jewish names  Kit A490637 (*Borveto)


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Jeffrey Herrmann

I was very interested to see that your possibly Jewish grandfather's mother was named Apollonia.
I have a 7th great grandmother, Apollonia Israel, born in Bassenheim, Germany c. 1655.  The surname suggests her family was once Jewish, but I can't find evidence of that.  They seem to have been Catholics by the mid-17th century.   
Does anyone else have examples of a Jewish woman named Apollonia?


Me having 17% of the DNA have to be have to be my grandfathers father , and i don't know who it was , hoping some match dna will answer that , but so far have nothing .

Bob Silverstein

Magda, here is how I would approach it.  Use the one-to-many BETA tool.  Search and then click twice on the sort arrows for the Autosomal Longest column.  This will sort the data so the longest matches are first.  Some of the matches have trees attached for you to search.  I would also email all longest matches greater than 20 cM.  Unfortunately, few people respond, especially with kits as old as these.  The blue hyperlink in the longest column will give you some more detail on the match.

One thing I do not understand is how good the match is when the total match is not that much larger than the longest match.  Perhaps someone call comment on that.

Linda Kelley

Hello, Magda,
I would like to help you with your Jewish DNA and GEDmatch, and will reply to you privately.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA


Rollie Stamps

I have an Apollonia Weber 1615-1649, from Switzerland. No other information. 

Jeffrey Herrmann

Thank you, Rollie.  That is especially interesting because she also lived in the 17th century, and from the surname Weber I would guess it was the German-speaking part of Switzerland.