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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #9 on: Monday 29 June 20 16:09 BST (UK) »
What a find ... well done you


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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #10 on: Monday 29 June 20 16:12 BST (UK) »
Thanks Finley  :)
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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #11 on: Monday 29 June 20 16:57 BST (UK) »
Congratulations that is exciting !


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« Reply #12 on: Monday 29 June 20 18:53 BST (UK) »
Chiddicks,

Congratulations - I know how satisfying this type of find can be, as I likewise used DNA last year to find out where my Great Grandfather came from.  His origins only took fifty years to find, as it involved a change of name and hiding where he was born!

DNA can be a great tools for solving these old brick walls,

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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 30 June 20 06:49 BST (UK) »
Congratulations that is exciting !

Thank you!
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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 30 June 20 06:51 BST (UK) »
Chiddicks,

Congratulations - I know how satisfying this type of find can be, as I likewise used DNA last year to find out where my Great Grandfather came from.  His origins only took fifty years to find, as it involved a change of name and hiding where he was born!

DNA can be a great tools for solving these old brick walls,

Al & Al

Wow 50 years to find your great grandfather now that is impressive and that must have taken some work to find him
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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 30 June 20 07:54 BST (UK) »
Impressive work and a marvellous outcome. Well done!
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« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 30 June 20 14:14 BST (UK) »
Well done, I'm still searching for my one of my g.grandfather's roots.  From DNA, I have been in contact with a man in USA, who kindly provided me with his father's parents names and I've followed both branches back to the mid 1700s.  Bearing in mind that my g.grandfather was born around 1857/8 I've been looking for people born early enough to have been his father or mother.  I've yet to trace all these individual people forwards to see where they were in 1851 and 1861.  Of course, it could be that my g.grandfather is descended from this American man's mother's line, so when I've got all the info together about his father's tree, I'm going to give it to him and ask him if he'll give me the names of his mother's parents.

Whether I'll ever find out my g.grandfather's roots or not, I don't know.  I have a feeling he was illegitimate and whatever name he had at birth is not the one he used as an adult.  His daughter (my gran) always had a photo of his mother on the mantelpiece, but as far as I remember no photo of his father.  Sadly, when my gran died, her eldest daughter who lived with her burned all photos etc. relating to this man saying "We don't want anything to do with that do we!"  As from my DNA results, I have some Jewish DNA which must have come from this g.grandfather - I've traced the other branches of my family tree back generations and everyone is from either England or Scotland and the man in America is Jewish - I'm assuming that my aunt didn't want to be associated with Jewishness, particularly soon after WW2 ended.  Otherwise, she just didn't like the fact that her g.grandfather was illegitimate (if indeed he was).

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Re: How Clutching at Straws has given me my biggest ever breakthrough in 20 years
« Reply #17 on: Tuesday 30 June 20 14:24 BST (UK) »
Impressive work and a marvellous outcome. Well done!

Thanks Nettie much appreciated
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