Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Pink, Pillar and a Sephardic Side Discovered.


I'm feeling really bored, as I await my husband's Ancestry DNA, although I enjoyed the Blue Jays game, with all the guys dressed up so pretty in pink for Mother's Day (and breast cancer awareness)and Pillar's walk off home-run. Now, the team is pretty well where they were last year and the year before. Everyone can stop freaking out.

My husband's spit in the laboratory, supposedly.  When I had my DNA done, it took only two days in the lab, but who knows.

I've been looking over the results of my French Canadian mother's Full MTDNA analysis from Family Tree and figured out that all the Sephardic Jewish connections are probably because of Lily Eva Rodrigue, born 1599 in  Haute Normandie, grandmother of Francois Boivin, the fille de roi (I think) who came over to Quebec in the early 1600's.

My autosomal test said I'm 2 to 9 percent European Jewish.
Church at Garrigal. 

Otherwise, my mother's maternal line seems all that it should be for a French Canadian whose ancestors came from Normandy France and the Charentes, Pitou district: close connections in Canada and France, more distant connections in England and Norway - and Italy, especially Sicily (the Normans) and Austria and Germany and Switzerland, Greece and Spain...etc.

Even further back, connections in Morocco and Algeria.

That's if I'm reading the data right.

I have no interest in finding my relations on that side. I'm 1/2 French Canadian. We're all related!

But, I couldn't do the Y DNA test, for the male line. I'm a girl. (NOT FAIR!)

My father was a Yorkshireman and Ancestry doesn't have much to offer descendants of Yorkshireman. I had to use GEDMATCH to eke out a few bits of shared DNA from those quaint little North of England towns if they still exist, or crossroads places, if they don't. (Witton Le Wear, Durham is a cross roads. Helmsley is a thriving touristy market town (not far from Castle Howard of Brideshead Revisited fame) and Alston, Cumberland, once a thriving place, has seriously downsized.

I discovered that a pioneer family from my home-town, Hudson, the Viponds, came from Alston, Cumberland in the late 1700's, straight to Vaudreuil- Soulanges, Quebec.

I wonder if these Viponds mined lead, like my ancestors did. Probably. They attended the same 'dissenting' church at Garrigal. Some of them, anyway.  Of course, as I've mentioned here in the past, Alston was the location  of a broad social experiment. The town had a good school, library, and organized leisure. So, it is not surprising that my ancestors from Alston became socialist, social reformer religious types.

Anyway, the Sephardic and Azkenazi Jewish part of my Mom's heritage is, to me,  the most interesting part of it all.

My Mom had no idea.  I wonder if I am representative of most French Canadians? Probably