An autosomal DNA test done in 2019 says my ancient ancestors were about 52% Hunter-Gatherers, 38% Farmers and 10% Metal Age invaders.
They were entirely European, coming mainly from West and Central Europe (79%), Northeast Europe (12%), and Southeast Europe (9%). The only puzzle is that last group. I’ve got no known ancestors from Southeast Europe. Who were they; how long ago?
My immediate ancestors - the last 3 or 4 generations - were all Northern European migrants to the New World:
Clezie ancestors from Berwickshire, Scotland moved to Edinburgh, then left Scotland after baby twins tragically died from measles; they migrated to Canada in 1832, settled near Montréal, later moved to Toronto, then across the Great Lakes to Cleveland;
Lockhart ancestors left Renfrewshire, Scotland and migrated to Canada; the first seems perhaps to have been a British soldier during the War of 1812; he was shown with his family in the 1831 census at Saint-Philippe, Québec, near Montréal.
Megert family members - 13 in all - left the canton of Bern, Switzerland in 1850; they sailed on the ship “St. Nicholas” from Le Havre, France, during the Christmas season, arrived at New York in January 1851; most of them later added “h” to the name making it Megerth. Why?
Heiser ancestors came from Hessen, in west central Germany, where they had been farmers and shepherds for centuries; they migrated to the United States in 1865, just as the Civil War ended, and settled at Cleveland, Ohio.
Schwab ancestors from Württemberg, in southwest Germany arrived in New York about 1872; they intermarried with other German migrants and ended up living at Cleveland;
Żarnowska was my Polish grandmother’s family name when she migrated to the U.S. in 1903, following her sister, who left home a year earlier; they settled at Cleveland. Żarnowski is the spelling for males, Żarnowska for females;
Tomoń was another Polish name but Poland had ceased to exist, swallowed up by its neighbours, so my grandparents were Austro-Hungarian subjects when they migrated in 1903; they met other Poles at Cleveland and soon got married.
Other family names among my ancestors were Bogaczewicz and Cieśla in Poland; Henderson and Lockie in Scotland; Schenk and Rupp in Germany; Iseli and Stalder in Switzerland.
I'm doing a one-name-study on the Clezie - Clazey - Clazie - Clazy - Clezy name, found here: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Clezie_Name_Study
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