Do I have any Jewish roots in my family?

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John Baltzer Kohller  june 16, 1719-1799 .Born in Germany, arrived in Philidelphia.  He married Marilles Kohler ( born Schaeffer ) death in 1801 in Sevenvalleys, Pa..   I believe that David Schaeffer is Marilles father.   from Hannover Germany .
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Family Tree DNA (FTDNA.COM) gives the most comprehensive and scientifically based tests. Their web site is explanatory. They have a huge number of people already tested, which means that they can when possible find DNA matches for you from layers of DNA relationships, such as immediate & close relatives way out to fifth and distant cousins. The site provides DNA data and ways to contact people with whom a person being tested shares DNA. The "Family Finder" test is the most satisfying because you receive both male and female findings.

ftdna.com found for me 3 relatives who were/are Jewish from Lithuania in the region of Vilnius and Vitebsk, and those led me to some in Warsaw. Of those who escaped to Canada and USA from European pogroms, I met three people from one family. The two elders (in their early 90s) have passed now, so I was very lucky to meet them. The man of that family looked like my father in profile especially around the mouth, chin, and neck. They welcomed me into their known family to the extent possible. (My father didn't know any relatives of his on his father's side existed.)

I wish you good luck and happy findings!!
I guess I should have responded to make my case clear: I had names of German relatives, but none were Jewish. It took the DNA test to discover that fact as a fact. If I'd tried genealogically, no sign of Jews would have appeared. And btw, I'm proud of my Jewish genes.
Hi Anomyous - Interesting question...I am also looking for the German-Jew connection...my G-GF was Henry Israel Schaeffer.  His family came from PA where there were a number of Jewish communities.  I discovered Schaefferstown PA (mostly German-Lutheran) and a lot of Schaeffer history, but no connection to my tree (yet). Marilles father's name was particularly interesting to me!  Dave.

HI, Anonymous, did you try the ftdna.com web site? I'm sure they'll find your family members even if you think they are far removed at the time.

Meanwhile I was sent by accident I think from David Schaeffer only 2 hours ago something that sounds like a direct historical/genalogical strong lead. I'm copying it here for you: 

"Hi Anoymous - Interesting question...I am also looking for the German-Jew connection...my G-GF was Henry Israel Schaeffer.  His family came from PA where there were a number of Jewish communities.  I discovered Schaefferstown PA (mostly German-Lutheran) and a lot of Schaeffer history, but no connection to my tree (yet). Marilles father's name was particularly interesting to me!  Dave.

commented 2 hours ago by David Schaeffer G2G2
edited 2 hours ago by David Schaeffer "

Dave and the autosomal DNA Test (family finder) will be your best leads at the moment.

 

ftdna.com does have sale prices occasionally.

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