I am a little hesitant to share that family members on both sides of my family have been flagged as Jewish in some historical records that I found. They surely did not know they were Jewish. I don't know who labeled them in these records as Jewish or what the criteria for the labels was. I am not sharing where I found these records, as I don't want to endanger the availability of the records. Wherever they originated, they could be useful for someone researching his or her family tree. I was stunned to find out that my mother's maternal side was labeled as Jewish.
So far, nobody in my family seems very surprised. Since the maternal side boasts first families of America that were WASPs, I am quite amused. If I have a female Jewish ancestor on my mother's maternal side, the family may have known and may have hid it. They had no idea that generations later, we would have genetic testing that might explode their view of themselves as "pure" first Americans that came from the British Isles.. This is why I am in search of valid source information about Rutha Pierce and her mother Ruth. There has to be a reason why they have vanished into the fog of history. A geneology researcher on Family Tree claims to have found evidence that Rutha Pierce changed her name to Frances Lang. I can find no valid source records for Frances Lang, either.
If we are Jewish, then I may have stumbled onto the truth about my family on my mother's maternal and paternal sides. I can find no records on my father's maternal or paternal side labeled as Jewish.
I welcome the truth. I simply wish that I could find out who and how my mother's maternal and paternal ancestors have been labeled as Jewish.
Serious inquiries about where I located the Jewish records may be sent to me at my email address. Please explain why you want the source of these official records and what you hope to accomplish with knowing how to find them. These records may apply to the following family lines: Shipman, Brooks, Wood(s) of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and Day, Lee, Pace, Hobby lines of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama.
If you are a member of the Day Society of America, it is highly likely that you know who you are and how you are related to me on the maternal line that goes back to pre-revolutionary war times in the South!
I am going to work on constructing the maternal lines of the Day family tree that includes the Hobby, Pace, and Lee lines to which I allude. The work has already been done on FamilySearch but it is not easy to locate the family tree. I have done some of the work also on Ancestry.com. I cannot claim that all of what I have added to Ancestry is 100 percent accurate, as my family tree on the maternal side is a work in progress.
Peace to all.