Re: New Member - Surname Question
- Thanks for the reply.
Yes, Google can be basically useless at times.
And yes, at one time, even into the early 20th century, the Austrian
Hapsburgs pretty much owned most of what is now the Czech Republic
and Poland (Galicia). I have seen that Scheck is a sort of common
Jewish surname all over Poland and the Ukraine and even parts of
Russia. Hence my theory that Scheck is not actually a Germanic name.
As for the DNA sample ... my grandmother's two brothers are long
dead. I suppose I could track down a distant Scheck cousin, (the
last one I know of was an elderly lady who I believe died a couple
of years ago) but as you point out, easier said than done.
Thanks again :)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, allbell <no_reply@y...>
> --- In email@example.com, "montero888"least
> <montero888@y...> wrote:
> > My maternal grandmother is German/Austrian and her maiden
> > name is Scheck. I was wondering if anyone could tell me or at
> > give me a good idea if that particular surname, morespecifically
> > from Austria, probably the Tyrol. I have been told by Germana
> > that Scheck is not a "real German" name to the best of their
> > knowledge, whatever that means.
> I tried Googling this and didn't see anything useful, but I asked
> Dutch guy and he said, "Sounds like 'Czech' to me." Weren'tAustria
> and the Czech area (whatever it was called in the Middle Ages)linked
> by being under the rule of the Hapsburgs?who
> If so, maybe you're descended from Czech Jews (or Czech non-Jews)
> moved to Austria.willing
> In other words, hey, sounds like you need to find a patrilineal
> descendant of one of your grandmother's brothers who would be
> to send a Y chromosome sample to Family Tree DNA . . . (No, I'veTree
> never succeeded at getting a cousin to send a sample to Family
> DNA, but I think getting a critical mass of cousins to do this isthe
> path to true genealogical nirvana.)