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DNA Test Results Redux

  • April 18, 2017
DNA Test Results Redux

The DNA results are in from 23andMe and they seem more in line with what we were expecting. This is not to say that the MyHeritage results were inaccurate (they did have a very cool map display), but the 23andMe analysis is much more detailed and scientifically oriented - if one needs to go there. There are maps, but they’re "graphically challenged" as you’ll see below.

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DNA Test Results

  • February 18, 2017
DNA Test Results

So....I received my DNA test results from MyHeritage.com (an Israeli company - parent to Geni.com) and the results are .... middling to mildly surprising. The key point to keep in mind is that results of this kind only show the population groupings with whom I share DNA with. Click on the featured image for a close-up of the genetic map.

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Ruthenia, Galicia and the Babij Surname

  • July 26, 2016
Ruthenia, Galicia and the Babij Surname

Cousin Sue Roth sent me an email recently concering the origins of the famous Hollywood director Billy Wilder. It seems Mr. Wilder (nee Samuel) was originally born in the town of Sucha, Galicia then a province of Austria Hungary. So Mr. Wilder was a Ruthenian by birth. Sue termed the revelation "weird". As usual when we find links like this they tend to send us off on what usually turns out to be a wild goose chase or goat rodeo. But sometimes these weird tidbits provide even more incentives for researching who we are or at least "were". So where did Sammy Wilder's origins lead us?

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100th Anniversary: Anna Chuda and John (Ivan) Babij

  • June 15, 2016
100th Anniversary:  Anna Chuda and John (Ivan) Babij

On May 14th 1916, one hundred years ago, Anna Chuda and John (Ivan) Babij were married in Saint George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church on East 7th Street in New York City.

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Portland To Portland

  • July 29, 2014
Portland To Portland

ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE I recently received an email response from niece Erin Osgood regarding an earlier message I had sent her announcing my upcoming visit to The Strait. In it she expressed her regrets that she and her family planned to be out of town taking their annual vacation to Maine on the same weekend I would be coming in. Maine. The last time I was "out East" in Maine was a little more than 40 years ago, in the Summer of 1972.

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