Who Am I?

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m interested in learning more about where I come from. I’m fascinated with genealogy and DNA. It’s amazing what science can do in determining a person’s lineage.

In December, I requested a DNA test kit from Family Tree DNA, which arrived last week. I followed the instructions, put it in the provided envelope, and sent it off. It will take 4 to 8 weeks before I learn of my results. To my knowledge, I’m German and Lithuanian with a little more emphasis on German. But I’m guessing there’s more to me than just two nationalities.

As for building my family tree, I’ve only documented four generations. There is still more inputting, so we’ll see how far I get before receiving the DNA kit.

My grandfather, far right, with his parents and siblings.

My recent findings revealed that my grandfather had a brother and sister who died as babies. My grandfather and his sister, Anele or Onele (can’t figure out the spelling), came with their parents from Lithuania to the U.S. on October 1907. Anele passed away 6 months later. I don’t recall my mother or grandmother ever mentioning it. According to the Ellis Island document, it shows that my grandfather, his parents and sister were citizens of Russia, and Race of People (what they spoke) was Polish. The Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States stated they had sailed from Libau. This information isn’t completely accurate because I have my grandfather’s baptism, which shows him baptized in Lithuania.

Here are a few pictures of my family.

My mother, Alma, in a ballet pose
My grandfather, Joseph, in Bridgeport, IL
My grandmother, Genevieve.

I’ll follow up with you regarding the results.

Do you know who you are? What are your nationalities?

DNA and Nationalities,