I filled in some more things, as I have towns in Europe. The common element? The towns my mother’s parents and father’s great-grandparents came from were once in Poland. Now, they are in Ukraine and Belarus.
Now, I live in the one place in the United States that has something like that; the American Southwest, which was Spanish, then Mexican, and since the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the 1853 Gadsden Purchase, part of the United States.
Journalist Anne Applebaum told a story of a 92 year man, who never left his village, but was ruled by five different governments. I can’t even imagine. Well gee, I didn’t move, but they changed things around on me.
Charton is an occupational surname. The English equivalent would be Carter. Israel and Wolfman are obvious. Honig is a German name meaning a honey seller. Halpern is from Helperin and Heilbronner. Heilbrunn is a city in Germany. The Ukrainian cities are Przemyslavny and Bela Tserkov in Ukraine, Mazyr in Belarus.
Some of my readers know I have been in Poland. This is another possible adventure in that part of the world.
- New information is discovered about the ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews (eurekalert.org)
- Our Hidden African Ancestry (23andme.com)
- Ashkenazi Jewish matrilineages mainly of European origin (dienekes.blogspot.com)
- A substantial prehistoric European ancestry amongst Ashkenazi maternal lineages (nature.com)