Roberta (Hilse) Burnett

Roberta (Hilse) Burnett

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Roberta B. Burnett formerly Hilse aka Stewart, Bender
Born 1930s.
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Roberta (Hilse) Burnett has Jewish Roots.

My surname at birth was my father's adoptive surname, Hilse. I have omitted it because the genetic line of the wonderful Hilse family is not present in my father's or my genetic credentials. Thank you for accepting my decision and please pardon me for confusing you, if you were.

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 (assumed to be a paternal element), 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.

An APPRECIATION TO FTDNA.COM: 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 that represents the family line of my father's DNA as represented in me, thru ftdna's testing site. This line has blockades in it, consisting of the lines (male and female) stemming from my gf and ggf, my two listed but Unknown ancestors (and their lines), 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.

Names of two husbands: 1. David Harry Stewart, b. 1939, Michigan; living in 2018. Married 20 Dec. 19XX in Whittier CA. 2. Bert Arthur Bender, phd. B. 29 Feb 1938. Cape Girardo, MO. Married abt. 1971.


  • 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, HISTORICALLY, 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.
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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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On 17 Oct 2018 at 00:33 GMT Billie (Bright) Keaffaber wrote:


Genealogy always lots fun looking up stuff and good finds. I been sick lately so haven’t been on much just added few things. Thanks for note. Billie

On 15 Oct 2018 at 00:02 GMT Marcie (Korte) Ruiz wrote:

Hi Roberta, I haven't really been looking at my Metzger ancestors. I've been working mostly on my early colonial New Mexico ancestors.


On 14 Oct 2018 at 16:23 GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

Hi Roberta,

I know a couple Elsie Swaim's, one by birth and one by marriage, but with no other referenced data, it would be impossible to determine whether we're talking about the same Elsie Swaim.

I have determined that the US Swaim Family is "American Made" in that all trace back to the same immigrant ancestor. The only exception is the occasional Swain that was renamed Swaim through a combination of assumption & illiteracy. (but that is much more prevalent in the opposite direction) Also quite a few Sweem and Swim families in the mix as the original Surname was Swëm (often written with the Dutch "ee" which is a nasal "long a" sound phonetically) chosen by a literate Dutch immigrant to replace their Patranymic traditional names.

On 18 Sep 2018 at 03:48 GMT George Fulton wrote:

Your question concerning Lord Burleigh is interesting, unfortunately I do not know the answer. My Burleigh Ancestry only goes back to about 1800. I have looked, and looked, and can find nothing more on my Burleigh ancestor.

On 28 Jul 2018 at 02:17 GMT Betty (Fauerbach) Kennedy wrote:

Hi Roberta, My Gottfried Schneider was born in Bavaria [all I know] and since his daughter was Catholic [b. in NY] they are probably just German. Helena was my grandmother & she married Maurice Fauerbach [my grandfather] he was Jewish, ushered in the Catholic church but never converted. Their children were raised Catholic.

Thanks for your message, I'll look at your Schneiders but I don't know a lot.

On 23 Jul 2018 at 12:13 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Hi Roberta,

I saw your question in G2G about finding your GEDCOM file. Here’s a direct link to it.

You can also find it by using the WikiTree ID menu on your profile and choosing GEDCOM.


On 12 Jul 2018 at 20:39 GMT Billie (Bright) Keaffaber wrote:

Hi Roberta,

It was the Doerrer Surname the link I provided. There was a Name change in spelling. And the dots was taken off Name it was Americanized and so the profile looks bit funny. I wanted to make you aware of the change so if variations come in they can be merged correctly. I see so many variations in name in records.


On 20 Jun 2018 at 23:50 GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

Hi Roberta,

Thus far I have not been able to find any connection between your Burnette line and my wife's family. I compared your DNA test on GEDMATCH to my wife's maternal Grandfather, and even with reduced thresholds there were no matching segments. I suspect your Moses Burnette ca. 1784 may descend from the Thomas Burnett line that came to the NY/NJ area in the early 17th century... but have no way to confirm that supposition. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Good Luck!

On 19 Jun 2018 at 22:16 GMT Billie (Bright) Keaffaber wrote:


I know his profile looks bit funny but I think they Americanized the German name some not sure which kid went by which name though not many records found on them. But the travel Papers was a great find.örrer-5#


On 13 Jun 2018 at 20:33 GMT Robert Hvitfeldt wrote:

I’m getting all your emails thru my ‘real’ addresses—either/both will work. I’ve tried responding in every way I can think of, but you don’t seem to get anything. Look for Wikitree messages and in both your hotmails.

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