More on Genealogy via DNA
- Interesting article this month in Avotaynu
Journal. Dr. Harry Ostrer reports some preliminary results
from his Human Genetics Program concerning Jewish
origins. A summary is:<br>1) Eastern European (Ashkenazi),
North African (Sephardi) and Middle Eastern (Oriental)
Jews are clearly related. Moreover, they are related
to their semitic neighbors, supporting the idea of
Middle Eastern origin of almost all Jewish
peoples.<br>2) Ashkenazi Jewish outbreeding estimates from the
DNA is insufficient to support a large Khazar
connection.<br>3) Cohanim lineage can be clearly demonstrated
through markers on the Y (male) chromosome. Moreover,
these markers are found among the Lemba (South African)
tribal group who claim descendency from Jews of
Yemen.<br>4) Unique Sephardim markers are found in isolated
Christian communities in Latin America, supporting the idea
that Conversos settled in these areas.
- I am looking for the surnames ZILBERMAN, KARP and EPSTEIN of
Yarburg, Lithuania and JUDKOWSKY of Serednik, Lithuania.
--- In email@example.com, jeffreyrstern wrote:
> I have just begun to research my European roots.
> Have learned that my maternal grandfather was from
> Yurburg, Lithuania. The family name was eithrn Arnstein or
> Arshtein. Looking for any possible relatives....