Roberta Burnett     at birth (Hilse) Burnett

Roberta (Hilse) Burnett

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Roberta B. Burnett formerly Hilse aka Stewart, Bender
Born 1930s.
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Categories: Jewish Roots.

Roberta (Hilse) Burnett has Jewish Roots.

I've had courses in the following languages, but my language training started after the 13th year of my life and is consequently inadequate to speak fluently in the following: German, Italian, and Latin. Since only the first two of these appear in anyone's Vitals, I can be reasonably helpful in translating these.


As a scholar, poet and writer, I have a long history of sharing information and publication. TRANSPARENCY and DAYLIGHT are democratic and Important, as are ACCURATE FACTS. (Thus with an auDNA test from I found that now says I've had my Jewish genes reduced ten percent. So now I'm 21% Ashkenazi Jewish from my father's line). My mother's line gave me strength and curiosity. My father's gave me the awareness of an artist. After I found my DNA connections, I studied Judaism for a year at a local reform temple. I'm still a humanist and while complicated religions are large fields of study, my research interests are legion.

Via an auDNA test with, I've been found by a Jewish Berman relative in the midwestern US who is related to three of the same Berman relatives through her ftdna test there, also a Family Finder test. Neither of us knows how the Bermans found actually connect with our tree, but her Bermans are identical to mine. Bravo, Tina Campbell ! (See below for details about my Jewish relatives.)

A full sequence mitochondrial test for my mother's English lines was done at

On I have a Great Britain-based tree and a Germanic-Polish & Belarusian tree. The latter has blockades in it, consisting of the lines (male and female) stemming from my gf and ggf, my two Unknown and listed males, who stand for my paternal gf and the other is that gf's father. The wars in Europe seems to have wiped out some family lines. Some of the mystery about these men was created by prejudice against Jews and the German system of record keeping. But many records still exist.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Roberta Burnett Hilse (LNAB -- but NOT A GENETICALLY LINKED SURNAME) at registration.
  • Though NOT recognized as reliable sources, Support Records through and its like-minded, to a smaller extent. It seems that the US CENSUS records, and marriage and death records could be called legitimate resources and sources, but please UNDERSTAND: I Advise "never use" for Family Data Selection or trees by other hobbiest genealogists who are found at I'm going through those records to eliminate those records as stated sources. It does not seem to delete the sourced information, but it does delete the credit it gives to the often faulty information. A CAVAET!! --"buyer beware."
  • Carefully selected and substantial family trees found on-line and donated by my distant family members about my Owen AND Dixon lines. Shade's Tree is a family compiled genealogical and historical self-published book by one of Shadrach Dixon's many sons. It also contains cattle brands. No slave names are found so far in re: Shadrach or his fathers' lines. But they should be found. My hunch is that anyone who gained land in this pioneering United States felt they "had to have" readily available slaves (and indentured servants). I have in 2018 discovered the relatively new term in social history of the Sourtern USA, the term "PEONAGE." Shadrach Tuttle Dixon kept slaves for many years after the end of slavery at or near the end of the Civil War. By inference, he likely felt he was far enough away from the US Capitol to ignore the anti-slavery laws.
  • IF YOU WANT "Shade's Tree" I can email it to you in parts, if I still have them.
  • British Isles genealogical sources: family bibles and books; immigration, census, birth, marriage, death and military records; will; personal memories.
  • Germanic or European Jewish sources: various archives in Germany; census, birth, death, marriage, immigration records.
  • Autosomal DNA test at ftdna,com, the most scientific site. I've also used But you all here tell me that while you can find information it is unlikely to find individuals. Have I got this right? Certainly those deceased are harder to find in some cases and easier in others.


My religion is Universalist. I believe people find religions that will do them the most good.

In 2012 and ff. years, I am particularly focused in finding my Ashkenazi roots. By a DNA test, I am related to many people world-wide who are of this genetic strain, but in general and with two major exceptions, the ordinary male participants of ftdna's DNA testing matches have been unwilling to discuss family links so far. I am, however, in communication with a family of Bermans living in the US*. I have three out of 8 ggparents who are Ashkenazim. I am very proud of these genes, and I have met three in the Berman family, who are 3rd or 4th cousins. We don't know where these paternal lines out of Old Poland and Lithuania connect with my known lines except as the Unknown mate for Anna Elisabeth Berg at 16 yrs old in about March 1906.

My pride in my Jewish roots comes from two or three places: First, they are survivors. As a group, they are part of the world's three (3) monotheistic religions and should be recognized by the larger populations as reputable. Further, they fostered Christianity, which religion most people in American and Euro-based religions say they follow. Then because they so HIGHLY VALUE EDUCATION, they are smarter as a group than most but not all Christians. They are also very family-centered. More Jews occupy highly elevated positions of power in all forms of business, education and government, and so are to be considered activists or intellectuals, creative innovators, and leaders of all the world's affairs.

My German Baer/Bär seems to be a second thrust and major European connection; however, my father's father's name is unrecorded at my father's birth (probably to protect his mother from physical harm and prejudice). There is much research to do regarding the German ancestors with Baer and Sallmann as important German names there. One of the Sallmann relatives living in Germany shows names in part of a vast tree that cohere with mine, but he insists that we cannot securely ascertain "a relationship." However I've found significant connections to believe we are related.

In July of 2015 I discovered Schneiders from Württemberg in my German family line. Later came Joesel. These names led to Netherlands. One of my lines leads to Austria.

Berg should have been my LNAB --my father's LNAB surname is Berg but his adoptive name is Hilse. Thus MY Birth Record-LNAB is HILSE, my father's adoptive surname. He was born Rudolf Berg (haven't found a middle name). After 1979, I DON'T REMEMBER the specific year, I finally took legally my birth-middle name as my surname and that resulted here in Wikitree in my losing almost all my G2G points, which were restored after my many sorrowful complaints. _____

  • Two of the three were in their 90s; both elders have passed on, sadly for me.

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My biological father Rudolf (Ralph) Berg (LNAB) was adopted by Robert Gustav Hilse when Rudy came from Germany to join his mother Anna Berg and her new husband. I am unsure but think the adoption and citizenship were automatic upon his arrival because hers was automatic with her marriage to an American citizen. My father has Jewish Roots that I and my sons inherited. These two matters have created seemingly unsolvable mysteries and Brick Walls for my searches in this paternal line.
One of three SPELLINGS: Bar (with umlaut-a); Baer, the anglicized spelling; and Bar as shown by lazy typists like moi.
My paternal GM Anna Baer Berg, b. Karlsruhe, DE, 1889, had a son Josef Berg; his motherChristina Berg suppressed the "von" before Berg except for her children's birth registration. The surname "von Berg" in my tree is said by the WikiTree members that its literal meaning (of mountain or of the town of Berg) is its only meaning, not that it conveys an elite's relationship to the land. But Christina's father was a von Berg. All became a family rumor, for Europeans ignored elitism later.
Historic fact thru auDNA testing: the Bermans in my lines are Jews from Lithuania and Russia and are related by "marriage without vows" or records. The oldest living, known relative in this family was Samuel Philip Berman who died in early April 2016, with his sister Betty shortly before that. lists them as 3rd or 4th cousins to me. My paternal line, a birth Unknown Gf, is related to this Berman line. I want to find a specific person connection.
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My father's German and European, including Ashkenazi, roots are my main genealogical interest. My mother's lines are easily traced.
Josef Herrmann was the birth father of record for Rosalin Schmid. He legitimized her several years after her birth.
I am 21% Ashkenazi from Old Poland, later called Lithuania, and now Belarus. I'm focused on my DNA connection to a living Berman family line of Ancestors (no tree here yet from me).
The Jewish Roots Project celebrates the huge accomplishments of Jews throughout the world and its history. My father was almost half Jewish, but kept it secret. I treasure my 21% Ashkenazi genes.
I've found a record stating that my Christina (Paulina Christina) Berg or von Berg not only died in the apartment of Franz Metzger but that he was the father of her infant Wilhelmina "Mina" von Berg. Christina was careful to give the von on her children's birth registers. Christina and Franz were probably unmarried.
A joyous conversation between multiple members of W-Tree--their random thoughts and pleasures, along with surprises!
Elisabetha Weidner married August Karl Baer. Their last residence was in a town near Hamburg--Garstedt, Pinneberg, De. No further information about her is known in Jan 2016.

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  • Roberta (Hilse) Burnett: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup X2, Mitosearch G225A, FTDNA kit #N66701
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On 17 Apr 2018 at 07:54 GMT Drew (M) McClenaghan wrote:

Hi Roberta, just a quick update, you may have noticed that there has been some activity on my tree. I have found the missing links and am in the process of adding them. From what I can trace so far, the names go backwards in this order, Frew --> Wiig --> (various) --> to Berg (your line). In the Berg family line, I have 25 in total. Dates range from 1750 - 1888. These 25 lines, also include both male and female relatives, plus connections to their Berg husbands and wives & their children. I will send you a link so you can have a look. Can you send me an email address please. I will also include a document for you as well. Cheers Drew.

On 10 Apr 2018 at 18:05 GMT Chontae (Holminski) Feldman wrote:

Hi Roberta! Thank you for the suggestions! Please take a look and see if you can view my tree better. I was not aware so much of it was private.

I would love to say that I did all the research on my own, but I have been working with family members. My Grandmother and her family did some work on my dad's side. I have an uncle that worked on my mother's side.

I'm working on locating my Jewish and Indian roots....

Thank you again for your help!

On 10 Apr 2018 at 09:02 GMT Drew (M) McClenaghan wrote:

Hi Roberta, will be back on soon, found part of the missing link, for the Frews.

On 10 Apr 2018 at 01:32 GMT Joann (Morris) Gudzus wrote:


I did what you said to do in the previous note. So now what do I need to do to join Jewish Roots? I would also like to join Scottish Roots and Irish Roots because I am doing a family tree on my in-laws' family. Thanks Joann Gudzus

On 8 Apr 2018 at 01:39 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

Hi. Hi I would like to invite you again this year to join the 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon and join the Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon this year I am going to be the leader like I was for Team Tennessee 2017 Source-a-Thon. I will also be the leader of Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Source-a-Thon too this year. Notice the change in the name of the team. Here is our free space page: It is April 21 - 23. You need to register for this by April 19th that is the last day to register.

Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks!

On 27 Mar 2018 at 20:21 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:

Roberta, do you happen to speak any other languages? Would you check out our languages template and add it to your biography? For example you might add

{{ Languages | en | ro-2 | he-1 }}

to the top of your biography if you speak English natively, intermediate Rumanian and basic Hebrew, or you could use de-4 to specify near-native German or ru-2 for intermediate Russian, and so forth up to ten languages.

It really helps to know who speaks all the different languages used on WikiTree! If there is a language you speak that is missing from our categories, I would be happy to add it. If you only speak English, you're very welcome to use this text to make that clear:

{{ Languages | en }}



On 26 Mar 2018 at 23:33 GMT Anne B wrote:

I almost lost your question. PPP Project Protected Profile. Abbreviations and Acronyms This might be helpful also Glossary

On 17 Mar 2018 at 01:03 GMT David Selman wrote:

Hi Roberta,

Have been away most of the day so the slow answer.

I am not an expert on GEDCOM and GEDCOMpare and would recommend you read the Help Pages.

Click here for GEDCOMPare Help and the step by step process.

Click Here for all the GEDCOM Help pages.

I suggest you ask on the G2G Forum if the help pages do not answer your question. Title your Question; Need GEDCOM and GEDCOMPare Help.

Be sure to add the tags GEDCOM, GEDCOMpare and Mentors to your G2G question. This way a GEDCOM Mentor will take note of your question.

And I'm here to help too, just ask!

David ~ WikiTree Mentor

On 15 Mar 2018 at 02:15 GMT Drew (M) McClenaghan wrote:

Hi Roberta, Sorry for the delay, but am slowly making progress. I have managed to track our connection back through the Frew Line on Dad's side. The Burnett's tie into this as well. Now I just have to narrow it down, to where it was disconnected. Also my grandmothers jewish history, comes from Germany. Her heritage is Jewish Diaspora, measured at 5%. It is also present in some paternal lineages from the Ashkenazi Jewish population. I also had a DNA test done, just to confirm. Drew

On 11 Mar 2018 at 15:06 GMT Michael Thomas wrote:

Hello, Roberta,

First, you need to contact Jaqueline Clark and get the badge:

Complete instructions are found on the German Roots page. Spend some time looking it over.

Find an area of interest and add that category to your ancestor profiles that fit. That's about it!

If you need more help, just let me know.


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