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Why are 99% of my Ashkenazi DNA matches not in the Middle East or Central Asia?

I think the answer is simply that these DNA testing companies are all American companies and have primarily targeted the American, European, and Australian markets. I suspect they have a comparatively ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

Ashkenazi Surnames really only came about in the early 1800s actually. The Jews of Western Europe (Germany, France, and England etc) took surnames sooner than their coreligionists in Eastern Europe. ...
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Identifying 1910 Russian Town Name "Swel"

I think it is Новоград-Волинський, which is transliterated as Novohrad-Volyns'kyi, Novograd-Volinskiy, etc. and is also known as Zhvil, Zvil, etc. This is in the Zhytomyr Oblast in northern Ukraine. ...
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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

Your best bet is to check the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies: IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project. On their United States Page, they have almost 1400 Jewish burial ...
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Why are 99% of my Ashkenazi DNA matches not in the Middle East or Central Asia?

You could try MyHeritage DNA. They are the DNA Branch of MyHeritage based in Israel, and they have a larger portion of European and Middle East customers than the other DNA testing companies. They ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

I am not an expert, but am adding my humble bits to the answer: There is no such thing as a jewish surname, indeed. First of all a surname itself is not a jewish thing. Jews are not indetified by ...
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How to interpret my having ethnicities inconsistent with my parents?

Unfortunately, the DNA companies imply way more accuracy to their estimates by including percentages to one decimal point. Let me rephrase your results as they should have been stated: My father is ...
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Is longest cM a better predictor of relatedness than total cM for Ashkenazi Jews?

The results from this Ashkenazic Shared DNA Survey should be of interest to you: https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/05/ashkenazic-shared-dna-survey-data-by.html?m=1 That 57.4 cM longest match ...
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Why would I match someone in a region neither of my parents do?

What I see often said is that any matching segments under 5 cM, if not under 7 cM, are more likely to be identical by chance rather than by descent, and should usually be disregarded as noise. A ...
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How to interpret this19th century Ukrainian Jewish birth index result?

The normal way that JewishGen represents Ukrainian birth records is like this: where in the second column, the top box contains the father's name (Ber) above the father's father's name (Perel). So ...
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Interpreting DNA matches from endogamous communities?

Those are very close matches, even for an endogamous population. A match of 824.7 cM for your mother with him would normally indicate (in a non-endogamous population) that she might be his great-...
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What Exactly are the "Jewish Records" on Ancestry.com?

The JewishGen collection search page has a banner at the top which describes the special collection: See the Ancestry blog's post, New Jewish Family History Collection on Ancestry.com (Posted by ...
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British citizens in Morocco 19th century?

If he was indeed a British citizen then any marriage might (but might not) have been registered with the local British consulate in which case you ought to find the marriage in the consular marriage ...
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Dead ends on all searches for name

This is a good example of how the big-box genealogy sites don't serve us well for doing genealogical research. They expect us to search for people by name, when their names can be one of the most ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

The expert on the subject of the etymology of Jewish surnames is Dr. Alexander Beider who between 1993 and 2017 has written 10 books: Beider, A. 1993, 2008. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the ...
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Identifying the parents of Moritz Martin Bernhardt born 1827 Treptow Prussia

Have you sought out his tombstone? Jewish tombstones when inscribed in Hebrew will often give the father's first name as in Moritz (possibly Moshe in Hebrew) son of the honorable ______.
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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

Another possibility is to look at the list of members of the Jewish Cemetery Association of North America: https://www.jcana.org/members/all-members Some of the members are cemeteries, and some are ...
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Interpreting DNA test that shows mother was 1/3 Jewish?

According to Jewish religious law, a person is Jewish if either their mother is Jewish, or if they convert to Judiasm. If your mother is not 100% Jewish, then you need to know if her mother (your ...
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Did any of the descendants of Rabbi Ascher ben Jechiel take "Rosch" as a surname?

You are making a wrong assumption, in my understanding. Rabbi Asher's surname was not "Rosh" - it is simply an acronym of his name (his letter abbreviations make sense only in Hebrew). It's like ...
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Searching for Proof of Jewish Ancestry?

There's no easy shortcut, so you're going to have to do your family tree the old-fashioned way first. Then add in DNA and see if you can get confirmation, or not. From what countries did your mother'...
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Searching for Proof of Jewish Ancestry?

You are the perfect candidate for a DNA test. I would recommend FamilyTreeDNA because they have a large number of Jewish testers and allow more detailed analysis of your matches. From the autosomal ...
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Translating German Jewish birth record in Hebrew

This does not precisely answers your question, but I believe helps somehow (could not render it as a comment). I singled out in red the hebrew texts I could notice. Let's split them into 2 groups: ...
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Birth Records for Orhei/Orgeev from 1881

Orhei/Orgeev is a town in Moldova, which was formerly part of Bessarabia / the Russian Empire / Romania / the Moldavian SSR. Orhei has an English translation of its history page, so you can see ...
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Female WW2 U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls

I don't have a full answer, but this is too much like an answer to be a comment. FPOSF is Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, where she would have received her mail. 1-17 & 19-30, combined with 18 ...
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Why did my mother have two names when she married in Jaffa in 1946?

It may be worth mentioning that whether a widow remarrying is indexed under both her maiden name and her current (pre 2nd marriage) name depends on the custom and practice of the people compiling the ...
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Why did my mother have two names when she married in Jaffa in 1946?

I presume when you say "2 records of marriage" you mean two entries in a marriage index; there is almost certainly only one record, and purchasing it (which can be done directly through the GRO; going ...
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Is surname Judah/Juddah Jewish?

There are really no "Jewish surnames". That is, most surnames that are carried by Jews are not exclusively Jewish, but can be had by people without any Jewish connection whatsoever. Some ...
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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

My guess would be that when immigrating, the Keslers never bothered to think how their place of origin spells in English. Later, when their mastery of written English grew, they never bothered to ...
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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800

I just want to add that many Ashkenzi Jews did not have surnames prior to the year 1800. I do Jewish genealogy and unless the family is a Cohen, Levi, or some prominent member of society such as a ...
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Searching for Proof of Jewish Ancestry?

I see nobody mentioned graves. What about tracing their graves? If they were Jewish, chances are high (unless there was no Jewish cemetery where they lived, as well...) they were buried in a Jewish ...
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