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Adoption Lwow, Poland #poland #dna #galicia


ntc52@...
 

Although my mother was brought up Roman Catholic, DNA indicates Jewish ethnicity. Neither her mother or father's surname come up in any DNA link. Any suggestions how I might explore the likelihood of her being adopted to Roman Catholic Polish parents. She was born 1925 and lived in Lwow.
I have found that Gesher Galicia hold two records 'Conversion to Judaism'  Fond 701, series 1, Volume 370 &372 however don't think that contents are accessible to enable my to explore this further. 

Noreen Thorne, England. (Szczepanski, Mrozowska)


Yehuda Berman
 

Have you searched for baptismal records of your mother in her town of birth? It seems unlikely that before the Second World War Jewish parents would have given up their child for adoption to non-Jews. Could her parents have converted to Catholicism before her birth? Is it possible that she was born Jewish and changed her identity during the Second World War and kept that identity after the war? 
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Yehuda Berman


ntc52@...
 

Dear Yehuda,
Thank you for your reply to my query. I have searched for baptismal records in a number of places with no success; USC said that both their RC and Jewish records show books are incomplete. Have you any suggestions of where I might try?
Adoption is just one hypothesis that I'm exploring. There was a lot of ethnic ill feeling before 1925 when my mum was born, including the 1918 Lwow pogrom. From what I have learnt of my grandfather adopting a child would have been in character for him. 
Conversion could be another explanation. Which is why I'm hunting for the 'Conversion to Judaism' records. As my mother was brought up RC it may be more likely that the conversion took place before her birth.
Noreen Thorne, England (Szczepanski, Mrozowska)
 


Yehuda Berman
 

I think you mean records of Jewish conversion to Catholicism, not of conversion to Judaism. And if your grandfather adopted an orphaned Jewish child (for example, a baby orphaned in the wake of a pogrom) it is likely that it was unofficial and kept a secret, even from the child. I take it that your mother didn't have siblings with similar or different DNA that could indicate the likelihood..
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Yehuda Berman


ntc52@...
 

Thank you for taking time to reply.
* yes sorry -conversion from Judaism.
No siblings.
Noreen Thorne (England)