Advice On How to Begin Bridging a Gap in Research #dna


ccelaynarose3@...
 

I am looking for advice on how to bridge a very large gap between my Sicilian relatives and their Ashkenazi/Sephardic ancestors. I took a full sequence mtDNA test and it appears to confirm my hunches regarding the Jewish heritage of my ancestors as well as a separate mtDNA analysis that I had done previously. My problem: I can't get my research past the early 1700's where, at that point, they are in Sicily and appear to be true converts to the Catholic faith (but I can't be certain of anything). I did get an invitation to a tree today from a Russian match on FTDNA with pictures including their families maintaining their Jewish faith. I was so delighted!

So, as my first step, I contacted many matches at various levels from many different countries.  What else can I be doing? I know which countries that I still have at least one living relative in from the way that FTDNA does their matches. Other than that, without names, it's like looking for needles in haystacks!

Does anyone have any other suggestions on how to bridge this gap?

Thank you so much!
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Connie Derosier Carter
Kissimmee, FL, Leominster, MA


Robert Hanna
 

My understanding (and I'm no expert) is that mitochondrial DNA does not mutate very often, so searching for specifics through mitochondrial DNA is difficult.  You would probably do better tracing through family DNA.  Even better, if you have close male relatives, Y-DNA is possibly more accurate.

Robert Hanna
NYC

CHANAN, HANAN, HANNE, GANE (Warsaw); BLUMENBLATT (Sarnaki)
KARASIK, THOMASHOW, COHEN (Babruysk)
RUBINSTEIN, RUBENSTEIN, BUNDEROFF, PASTILNIK, NEMOYTEN, DISKIN (Minsk)


Sarah L Meyer
 

In RootsTech 2021 Jeannie Milgrom has some advice for searching Sephardic anusim ancestors.  I suggest you view her presentations and contact her if necessary.

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Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania
https://www.sarahsgenies.com


Sally Bruckheimer
 

Neither mt-DNA nor Y-DNA crosses over in meiosis, so neither changes much over many centuries. With either of these you will get a code for a supposed ancestor in the all - female or all - male line a millennium or more ago. Only autosomal DNA crosses over, so it changes from generation to generation, and can identify relatives.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

"My understanding (and I'm no expert) is that mitochondrial DNA does not mutate very often, so searching for specifics through mitochondrial DNA is difficult.  You would probably do better tracing through family DNA.  Even better, if you have close male relatives, Y-DNA is possibly more accurate."