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    I received a reply from my closest (35/37) dna match. Having ancestors in Germany is questionable. He has no real evidence other than his surname that he is German. I hope to pursue it a little more.

    Sobo43

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    The immigration records at Ellis Island

    http://www.ellisisland.org

    are useful if the ancestor happened to come to the United States in the right time period (roughly 1878-1924). The immigrant's home city is recorded.

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    • #3
      The immigration records on the Ellis Island website are from 1892-1924.

      See the Castle Garden website for immigration records from 1820-1891:

      http://www.castlegarden.org/

      Ancestry.com, which is a subscription website but can be accessed for free at most local library branches, also has NY immigration records through 1891 and then approx 1935-1938. Ancestry also has the immigration records for Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and various other ports.

      The city of Hamburg also has emigration records from the port of Hamburg online for 1890-1910 so far. I believe they'll eventually have 1850-1934 online.

      http://ltyr.hamburg.de/

      Elise

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      • #4
        Sobo...

        I would be very excited!!!! Doesn't that close of a match with the same surname mean the probility is high that the person is related?

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        • #5
          No luck

          Sorry the names are not even close! Polish vs German?

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          • #6
            What about the possibility of false parenthood due to the horrors of one of the world wars?

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            • #7
              No luck
              Sorry the names are not even close! Polish vs German?
              I just read your profile. Were you born in Poland?

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              • #8
                Check my previous thread

                Please check my previous thread and you'll understand the issues. No, I am an American with a Polish Surname who's family came from Lithuania around 1891 - 1900.

                Sobo43

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                • #9
                  Sobo43 is DEFINITELY not German Paternally!

                  I received a reply from my closest (35/37) dna match. Having ancestors in Germany is questionable. He has no real evidence other than his surname that he is German. I hope to pursue it a little more.
                  Sorry the names are not even close! Polish vs German?
                  Please check my previous thread and you'll understand the issues. No, I am an American with a Polish Surname who's family came from Lithuania around 1891 - 1900.
                  I found false parenthood in my mother's father's side through Y-DNA and embraced it. I even found out who the biological ancestry was thanks to Y-DNA!

                  But okay...I have now been to all of the postings that you mentioned and have read all that and I now opine that I am witnessing a major denial of having anything to do with a paternal ancestry that is German...almost a motive of German hatred. You do not want to even consider that your paternal ancestry might even be German so it is not so.

                  Congratulations! I hereby confirm by the power of hearsay that your ancestry is 100% non-German and that the 35/37 German Y-DNA data of another surname that states otherwise is not so because...because...well...just because it is not 37/37 and because you say so! Perhaps some evil hacker planted that false 35/37 match just to jive you!

                  Whatever...its your 35/37-marker denial!

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                  • #10
                    Reading too much into it.

                    You are reading too much into it. I don't care if my family is Polish, Lithuanian , German or Native American; I just want to know, who, when and where.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sobo43
                      I received a reply from my closest (35/37) dna match. Having ancestors in Germany is questionable. He has no real evidence other than his surname that he is German. I hope to pursue it a little more.

                      Sobo43
                      What do you mean? Can't you tell if your DNA is from Germany or not with all this testing? Usually a match is accurately a match,so uh what more do you want? I've about 4 exact matches,and I don't know anything about them ,except that our genes match and we're tribal cousins,that's it.

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                      • #12
                        Here we go again

                        My surname is Polish. I can trace my Great Grandparents to Siauliai, Lithuania. My Y DNA 12 - 25 shows multiple hits in Scotland, Ireland , England and only a few in Germany. My closest hit 35/37 has a German last name but he doesn't know if he has German ancestry. He is only assuming he is German. Please check my previous Thread (Surname - Haplogroup don't match) for the previous discussion. Surnames change over the generations for many reasons - I have a cousin who's real name is Joe Sobolewski, who changed it to Lars Hansen. Does that make him Swedish?

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