22 March 2016

"IRISH" GENOME REVEALS MAJOR GENETIC CONTRIBUTION FROM EASTERN EUROPE!

WASHINGTON POST - IRISH GENOME REVEALS MASSIVE MIGRATION FROM EASTERN EUROPE    full article by Rachel Feltman





Ever wonder how it is that there are "Black Irish?" - the Irish with dark hair and eyes?  The ancient legends tell us that there were people who came from the sea - the sulkies - the sea lions, which you might remember from the wonderful film called "The Secret of Roan Inish."  But there is now a scientific explanation...



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Just over 5,000 years ago, there lived an Irish farmer with black hair and dark eyes. Her DNA spoke of ancestors mostly Middle Eastern in origin, and she would have looked more like a southern European woman than a red-haired Irish lass.




But just 1,000 years later, her world was full of blue eyed easterners. This quick transition to Ireland as we know it, genetically speaking, is likely due to a massive migration that occurred sometime during those 1,000 years. The evidence comes from a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast sequenced the genomes of four ancient citizens of Ireland to unlock the secrets of their origins....


Study author Dan Bradley, professor of population genetics at Trinity College Dublin, explained that recent technological and methodological advances in ancient DNA analysis allowed his team to produce full genomes for the four skeletons used in their research. They were surprised to see how different the Neolithic woman, who was found in Belfast in 1855 and lived over 5,000 years ago, was from the three male skeletons analyzed, who were found off of Rathlin Island in 2006. With just 1,000 years separating them, their genomes shouldn't have looked so strikingly different - which suggests that some major migration really must have occurred.


(The major migration was likely from an area now in the UKRAINE!)



19 March 2016

USING BIRTHSTONES TO FIGURE OUT A PERSON's BIRTH MONTH

AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY - ON BIRTHSTONE RINGS

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The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The current list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – the tanzanite was added to December.

There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly.

Those of you who have had the experience of trying to find enough information about a member of your family who little is known or remembered about, have probably tried using old photos, looking at the clothing they wore, the hair styles and facial hair, the local architecture, signage, anything at all in the picture to put them in a time and place when that photo was taken.  But I just met someone who used jewelry, and because this person had a number of pieces in a semi precious stone, correctly found that these correlated with a birth month!

It's worth a try!

17 March 2016

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, and LUCK : WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF FINDING A FOUR LEAF CLOVER?

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What Makes Four-Leaf Clovers Lucky Anyway?  According to this web site, the tradition started long before St. Patrick's day, but with the Druids.  Lot's of interesting information!
 

08 March 2016

12,000 BLUE EYED "ARYAN" CHILDREN TAKEN BY THE NAZI'S ' WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM?

DAILY MAIL UK ; 12,000 BLUE EYED CHILDREN TAKEN TO CREATE ARYAN SUPER RACE  Andrew Malone for the Daily Mail

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Folker, then just four, did not know it, but he had been chosen to be part of the new 'breed' of supposedly genetically-superior German beings, who would replace millions of the 'impure'  -  Jews, gipsies, homosexuals, blacks  -  after they had been exterminated in Hitler's death camps.
 
Having being ripped from the arms of his parents when German tanks rolled into the Crimea in 1942, Folker was first taken by SS officers to a German medical institute, where doctors measured every part of his body, checking for any 'Jewish aspects'  -  for example, dark hair, pointed noses, circumcision  -  before he was declared suitable.

He had been selected to be a member of the 'Lebensborn'  -  The Fount of Life  -  Himmler's breeding programme to safeguard the future of the Thousand-Year Reich by providing 'pure' future generations to replace those lost by war.

Devised in 1935, the Lebensborn scheme operated on different levels to provide 'Aryan' children for Hitler's mad schemes of eugenics.

As well as the stealing of blond children from families in occupied areas, another part of the scheme involved special 'breeding clinics' where pure German SS officers were told to mate with suitable German women.


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I have a story to tell about this...

I once was introduced to an old Blue Eyed woman and was later told by her house-mate that she had absolutely no idea about her heritage and had no family.  My associate speculated that she was one of the children born in Hitler's breeding program.  She did look "German," to me and was about the right age.  The woman lived alone in a house in Los Angeles, had never married or had children, and was quite isolated. How she afforded anything was a mystery. 

When I read this article I thought about her, and others who have an unknown or unspoken heritage, for which they personally have no responsibility at all.

Sometimes people will challenge me, stating that I could not possible do their genealogy.  Often they are wrong, simply they are unaware of how much public information is out there.  However, in a case like this I would be stymied. 

05 March 2016

TUPPERWEAR - THE DVD - ANCESTRY WORSHIP GENEALOGY DVD REVIEW

 

 TUPPERWARE is the story of how the plastic food storage bowls with tight fitting lids that were invented by Earl Silas Tupper in the 1950's and marketed to and by housewives to other housewives by a self-taught marketing wiz named Brownie Wise, began and expanded, leading to what is now considered a global business.  Sadly, there is evidence that after Brownie managed to break through obstacles for women to earn money and work, talking to husbands so that they would "allow" their wives to earn, not "bread and butter" but "cake,"  holding contests and fun jamborees for her mostly female sales force, came the day when Earl  Silas Tupper decided that she needed to be - disappeared.
 
The end of Brownie Wise's reign is a bit of a mystery with hints of a falling out, serious undiagnosed illness that was probably exhaustion (though sometimes I wonder about hyperactivity when I hear of people who never seem to be without energy), or some other medical malady that prevented her from working.  Her name was no longer referenced at the company and it was as if she had never existed.  (Shameful!)
 
She tried, however, to start up her own make-up empire that also used the chain sales and party plan technique that she had been so successful with for Tupperware, and failed.  The Tupperware people stayed with that company for many reasons, including their efforts to get where they had gone, and perhaps the saddest, but most predictable thing for the era in which is was standard operating procedure for women employs to be paid less than men just because they were women and assumed to be less deserving, is that for all her work she did not retire rich.
 
Brownie knew that a woman could not approach a bank for a loan and that some of her most successful sales women would have husbands who would get with the program.  In some interviews of senior women who began with the company early, we learn of men who quit those "bread and butter" jobs for the speculation of greater wealth.
 
Though this DVD doesn't get feminist,  I couldn't help but think of the issues of equality in the workplace and in education, and all the changes that have occurred to us as a nation since the 1950's, so that a stay at home wife and mother is today pretty rare, especially once the children are in school.  I've personally always been skeptical of party plan and chain sales companies since being invited to them to buy things like candles, lingerie, and so on has always felt like pressure to buy things in order to keep a friendship.
 
As a woman and as a genealogist, the absence of records for women is often an issue, a roadblock that must be gotten around.  In a sexist cultures women are simply not thought of as significant enough to be recorded.  Example: Baptismal records that only record the name of the father since he "owns" the child.  The many death records I've seen where the wife is listed as "Mrs. Jones" without a first name, or even references to her parents, as if the woman was an orphan, when she was not.  (How could her husband, the death certificate reporter not know this information?)
 
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02 March 2016

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN ATTITUDE ABOUT GENEALOGY IN GREAT BRITAIN VERSUS THE UNITED STATES?

I think so, but only because just about everyone I've talked to about this seems to think so.  The difference is this.  Americans seem to be much more focused on the immigration to a new country, and how much their ancestors earned their Americanism; the wars they fought, that they were pioneers, how the first and second generation suffered so that the next generations could succeed and have more opportunity, or the pride of the ancestor portraits on the wall that each come with a story of endeavors.  Supposedly in Great Britain and other European countries people do their charts without the connected stories and say "this is so." 

But since I enjoy differing with the opinion, may I suggest that perhaps it's simply because Europeans, in particular those in England, GREW UP KNOWING THE STORIES, CONSIDER THEM FAMILIAL and PRIVATE - or COMMON KNOWLEDGE WITHIN THEIR SET, and think they will bore others and be rude if they tell on their ancestors.  In other words, is it the NEWNESS OF KNOWING THE STORY that makes American's so into the stories?

As a genealogist, I find my own familial stories and the stories that others tell me very interesting, and maybe that's one of the reasons I pursue this study, because I've never been bored by it.  I think I've learned so much more about history and cultures through ancestors and the research surrounding them than I ever did sitting in a classroom or lecture hall.



01 March 2016




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