Ancestral Recall: Discovering My English Heritage and My Ancestors from Colonial Maryland and Virginia

As I wrote in a previous post, about 25% of my DNA comes from southern Germany and eastern France, while another 25% comes from England with a dash of Scotland apparently, though I can’t seem to find that ancestor. The other 50% comes from my European Jewish roots. In this post, I detail the ancestralContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Discovering My English Heritage and My Ancestors from Colonial Maryland and Virginia”

Ancestral Recall: Explaining My Genealogical Ties to 15th Century Germany (and a Dash of France)

As I wrote in my first post on my ancestral lineage, I discovered that 50% of my genealogy comes from southern Germany and England (and a dash from Scotland). In this post, I’ll explain how I found my roots in Germany’s Bayern, Baden-Wurtemberg, Saarland, and Rheinland-Pfalz provinces. According to my DNA chart from Ancestry.com, ofContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Explaining My Genealogical Ties to 15th Century Germany (and a Dash of France)”

Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia

As I wrote previously, 50% of my DNA is “European Jewish.” It wasn’t surprising, considering my mother’s side of my ancestry was entirely Jewish… I knew my great-grandmother, Esther Feinglass, whom we called Gram, for the first 18 years of my life. She died in July 2002, shortly before I went to college. As theContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia”

On This Day of Thanks, Here is What I’m Grateful For

I am thankful for my wife, Abby, who supports me, loves me, and is a wonderful partner in my life. I’m thankful for my family, my brother Garrett, my mom Sue, my dad Dave and my grandfather Art, in particularly. I’m thankful my cousins are doing well. I’m thankful for my extended family in NewContinue reading “On This Day of Thanks, Here is What I’m Grateful For”