Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Uncle Max and Aunt Lottie

Max Goldstein was brother to Morris Goldstein, my husband's grandfather. The Hebrew on his gravestone reads:
Here lies Menachem Mendel son of Mr. Yitzchak

Lottie (Rosen) Goldstein was Max's wife. The Hebrew on her gravestone reads:
Here lies Lottie daughter of Mr. Lieb

They are buried at Mount Judah Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens, New York, in the same cemetery as Anna Goldstein, sister of Max and Morris.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Y-DNA Haplogroup for Morris Goldstein

I am slowly but surely getting a few more cousins to test their DNA.

A refresher: Y-DNA is passed down from father to son. To determine the Y-DNA of my husband's grandfathers, I can test my husband for his paternal grandfather's Y-DNA, but I needed a male cousin, son of the brother of my mother-in-law, in order to determine the Y-DNA of my husband's other grandfather.

A picture may help visualize what I'm trying to explain. The rectangles represent men; the "cropped" rectangles represent women (who do not carry Y-DNA and therefore cannot pass it to their children).

My husband, SH, is in haplogroup R-M198, as I wrote about at Y-DNA and Haplogroup Result. He received this Y-DNA from his father, Harry, who received it from his father, Josef, who received it from his father, Aaron.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Anna Goldstein, d. 1918

My husband and I visited New York City last week and of course, there were trips to cemeteries.

Mount Judah Cemetery is in Ridgewood, which is in Queens (though the closest subway stop is in Brooklyn).  The website includes a burial search, which provides the location of the burial of the person you're looking for. The About Us page includes information that helps a searcher locate where in the cemetery the loved one is buried.

Because of the wealth of resources available to FindAGrave volunteers, I'm a bit surprised that there are currently over 800 photo requests for this cemetery. I encourage FindAGrave volunteers local to this area to help fulfill these requests.

My husband's maternal grandfather has a sister and brother buried at Mount Judah in the Dr. Igel Lodge Society, one of the dozens of societies in this large cemetery.

My husband and I looked for his relatives and we easily found his great uncle and aunt, but couldn't find Anna Goldstein, for whom his mother is named. It appeared that there was a large yew bush planted where we expected a gravestone for her. Before we left the cemetery, I decided I would walk all the way to the back of the section, just to see what I could see.

Good thing I did.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Harry Handler

My father-in-law died in March (I previously shared the obituary) and a few weeks ago, the family gathered again at Woodbine Brotherhood Cemetery in Woodbine, New Jersey for the unveiling of the gravestone.

The Hebrew reads: Tzvi Hersh son of Joseph the Levite and Lena

The family plot is mostly relatives of my mother-in-law and Handler was added to the plot stone.

See other gravestones at this plot here and here. My mother-in-law's grandparents' stones can be seen here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Sally Handler (d. 1932)

Here lies
Our dear (or beloved) mother
Chaya Sarah daughter of Mr. Tzvi
Died 25 Tishrei 5693

Sally Handler
Died Oct. 25, 1932
Age 78 Yrs.

I got help with the Hebrew translation by the Steve Morse Deciphering Hebrew Tombstone Dates in One Step and JewishGen's Reading Hebrew Tombstones, as well as confirmation via the Tracing the Tribe Facebook Group.

This is my husband's great-grandmother, buried in Lansing Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. I wrote about finding this at Great-Grandmother Sarah or Sally Handler.

Sally's youngest grandson was my father-in-law, who died this past March and whose gravestone will be unveiled this coming weekend. He was named after Sally's father.

Many thanks to FindAGrave volunteer PatMaruna for fulfilling my longtime photo request for Sally Handler's memorial.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DNA ~ Chromosome Browser and Endogamy

This is a continuation of the DNA ~ Second Cousin post where I share some screenshots of the chromosome browser at GEDmatch.

The chromosome browser on GEDmatch is a little different than the one at FamilyTreeDNA (for those of you who have seen those results).  In the graphical results, each color represents a different length of cM (centimorgan, a unit of measurement of DNA). A user should look for red, orange and yellow (and maybe green) when scanning through the browser results. (You can also just look at the numerical results.)

When the GEDmatch user selects two or more DNA test results and compares them in the chromosome browser, the user sees numbers which represent where along the chromosome (and for how long) the match is.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

DNA ~ Second Cousin Results at AncestryDNA and GEDmatch

A second cousin (GS) has tested with AncestryDNA which shows that he shares 251 cM (centimorgans - a unit of DNA measurement) of DNA across 16 segments. This indicates a second cousin relationship, which we knew. They have the same great-grandparents: Aaron and Rozalia (Szali) Handler. (See their 1882 marriage record from Ilok, Serbia.)

Screen shot from AncestryDNA results

There are plenty of resources at AncestryDNA for a user to learn about and understand the results, and those testing at Ancestry should definitely upload a family tree, which makes this process much more useful for all. However, AncestryDNA does not have a chromosome browser.

I asked that this cousin upload the results to GEDmatch so I could compare his results with the results I have from FamilyTreeDNA and I can compare the DNA results using the chromosome browser there.

For more information about GEDmatch, visit the FAQ pages or the main page of the GEDmatch Wiki. It is a free resource though donations are accepted. (If you have a membership at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, watch this Legacy Family Tree webinar to learn more about GEDmatch.)