how can I prove that I have Jewish Roots, my surname is Steyn

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Type in Origin of Steyn on google it will give you some direction by the name itself it indicates a Jewish name probably of German descent.Take care and i hope you find your answer.

You've already Joined the already formed Jewish tag group. Next please look at and contribute questions to my now long inquiry into making a new JEWISH ROOTS PROJECT. Our genealogists, some of them experts, have really shared their interest in it, and you'll read many stories that are encouraging.

I am aware that the surnames I have do not of themselves indicate an ethnicity or religion. But the records one finds at various places will help your search: jewishgen is first and foremost. One road or person's research tale leads to another. Books at LDS family history centers are helpful as are personnel. Use familysearch.com, a free site at present,  instead of ancestry.com, for which you pay.

 

Anonymous, Have you yet taken a DNA test? The Family Finder autosomal DNA test is ON SALE NOW at ftdna.com for $69 or $79.00 (a very good price). That is the test that told me that my patriarchal Herr Unknown Unknown (a grandfather)'s heritage was Ashkenazi Jewish. (Sephardic is more rare I've learned.)
The price above on the ftdna autosomal (Family Finder) ended last weekend. But if you're waiting for another, there's much to be researched through the Internet. WIKITREE and FTDNA.COM have lots of free information on its site, https://isogg.org/wiki/Genetic_genealogy_videos AND written copy. Just to get you started.

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Start working your way up and back.

Document your parents, then your grandparents, then you great-grandparents and so on.  As you do, you'll find evidence either supporting your Jewish origins or suggesting otherwise.

For example, while researching my husband's ancestry, I found the emigrating family in the 1900 and 1910 census records; the "language" sited in one was "Yiddish."  That was a pretty strong clue! smiley

answered by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (663k points)
Jillaine, hi,

I've discovered that many are in my situation. My trail back to the past stops at my (paternal) grandfather and it picks up again through an auDNA test (ftdna.com in this case), and people here have told me that these can't be connected. On the other hand, the existence of a cousins chart (3rd or 4th cousin in my case, like many others) could with A LOT of PERSISTENCE lead to one of many out there. I know, for instance, that my GM Anna Berg coupled with someone, probably in Frankfurt and only somewhat less likely in Karlsruhe Germany on roughly 10 April 1906 If her baby, my father Rudolf Berg, was born precisely on "schedule" (and what baby is?).

So finding this Unknown Jewish teen (her age at 16 or a little older) or attractive older man (possible) or a rapist (an ugly thought but anything is possible because Anna was essentially orphaned. By the weeks preceeding his birth, she probably lived in a town that wasn't her birth/home-town (Karlsruhe) where she had only more distant relatives but not immediate family, who had in the main died). It's possible her maternal gm Rosa (Rosalin/Rosalia) Baer lived in Frankfurt at the time (or Rosa's relatives). By the time Rudy was 3 months old, Anna took him to Baden-Baden to live with Rosa. Anna went immediately to the US where a relative of Rosa had paid for her passage. Anna arrived with $10 to purchase a train ticket to CT, where Veronika Schmid lived in New Haven. Anna got a job as a live-in nanny. (& that's ALL I know.)

WE need to find our UNKNOWNS. Need I say more.
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Finding your ancestors and making your family tree should be a good start.
answered by Guy Constantineau G2G6 Pilot (338k points)
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I'm not a DNA expert, but I have noticed on FTDNA that they include Jewish ethnic origins as a possibility in their Family Finder test.
answered by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
I hope you've discovered the autosomal test at ftdna. It was my path to my hidden roots. A miracle I wish I'd been able to show my father,
We have a Jewish DNA volunteer (coordinator, explainer, counsellor, all of the above), now. I hope you'll Join, Doug.
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Yes. The Family Finder (autosomal) test at ftdna.com is the path to authoritative information on your Jewish roots. It helped me not only by stating the percentages, locating them on a map, but by providing living relatives from that line, three of whom I met. On this site your information is always available to you without your giving them any more money than the fee to do the test and the postage. The other two sites:  I don't have info about 23 and Me. Ancestry.com has still not provided me with any information I'm interested in, and they do not allow you to see your own results after the first little while unless you pay membership dues on and on or intermittently.
answered by Roberta Burnett G2G6 Mach 1 (18.9k points)
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The name alone does not help. Steyn, Steijn, and Stein (mostly in South Africa, the Netherlands, and Germany respectively) are common for catholic and protestant families, as far back as the early 17th century, whereas Ashkenazi used patronyms until the early 19th century with only few exceptions. You'll need to find documentation or DNA evidence for your purpose.
answered by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (447k points)
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May I put your name (Anonymous X or add any name you like) on my Member of Jewish Roots Project (to read and write, mainly).
answered by Roberta Burnett G2G6 Mach 1 (18.9k points)

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