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By makas_nc - Posted on 10 July 2006

Linda with DNA the geographical areas are easier to cross and still make connections. A great
database has already been set up and it would be good to make your contributions there on
Gary Felix' site.

See: The Genealogy of Mexico
http://members.tripod.com/~GaryFelix/index63.htm

For genealogical purposes "I Think" that the main use of DNA is to compare your Y-DNA with others
that have the same last name to see if they compare. Others that are more fluent on DNA results can
more likely give a better explanation.

joseph

-------- Original Message -------- DNA
Date:Wed, 05 Jul 2006 07:34:42 -0500
From: Linda R Romero
Reply-To: research@NuestrosRanchos.com
To: research@lists.NuestrosRanchos.com

Will "Ranchos" set up a place in its files for us to upload and
compare our DNA results? It may be helpful for us to be able to
compare our DNA with one another. It's another dimension of
research that compliments the gedcoms already in
the files.LindaROMERO Y-DNA Surname Group Co-Administrator
http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/r/romero/
http://www.familytreedna.com/public/romero

That is the main premise of that site. To compare DNA to establish ties with verified surnames.

But that's not my reason for being there, or for my y and mt DNA testing.

I am interested in the research for its own sake. To see where it takes me.

I have completely transcended my own surname. Its handy to have one, but virtually irrelevant to me from a genealogical perspective.

What I like about the Mexico Surname project, and I do recommend you check it out, Gary Felix is very helpful. What I like is how it shows what genetic diversity we Chicanos and Mexicanos have within our veins. Semitic, Hebrew, African, you name it!

I just discovered the first Jew in my lineage. A distant relation that doesn't make me feel Jewish, but interesting just the same. Her name was Maria Simona Caro.

Through the Caro Family Forum on Genealogy.com I discovered that the name is a Jewish one.

When our beloved Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, gave their Jews three choices in 1492, conversion, expulsion or death. Many members of the Caro family chose conversion and changed the spelling of their name to Caro.

Those that chose expulsion to Algeria, Morocco and Tunisis (Al Magreb), retained the original spelling, Karo.

Many stayed in Spain and resisted conformity.

And at least one brave branch sought the anonymity of the vast expanses of Nueva Biscaya, modern day Chihuahua, where this woman married into my maternal Montoya line.

My curiosity isn't limited to a name. That to me is just a stating point. A sign post. We are all so much more than our names.

Thank you for your input. I am familiar with Gary Felix's website
and belong to the Mexico DNA research group. I was just trying to
touch all bases and encourage researchers to add DNA to their list of
resources.

Researching other surnames is a viable option for me because I have
no proof that my ancestor's surname was not changed along the way or
that there may be another spelling. Romero may seem like it couldn't
be mistaken for another surname, but if my ancestors came from Italy
or Greece instead of Spain, it could have been Romano or Romeo or
whatever. I do not know when my ancestors came to Mexico nor do I
know the circumstances of their departing their previous homeland.
My J2b1b haplogroup leaves my ancestry open to much speculation.

Thank you again for your input. You are correct in steering
researchers to Gary Felix's Genealogy of Mexico Project. It is one
of the best on the net.

Linda

On Jul 10, 2006, at 4:27 PM, research-
request@lists.NuestrosRanchos.com wrote:

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> Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 13:18:21 -0500
> From: Joseph Puentes
> Subject: [Nuestros Ranchos] DNA: The Genealogy of Mexico Project
> To: research@nuestrosranchos.com
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> Linda with DNA the geographical areas are easier to cross and still
> make connections. A great
> database has already been set up and it would be good to make your
> contributions there on
> Gary Felix' site.
>
> See: The Genealogy of Mexico
> http://members.tripod.com/~GaryFelix/index63.htm
>
> For genealogical purposes "I Think" that the main use of DNA is to
> compare your Y-DNA with others
> that have the same last name to see if they compare. Others that
> are more fluent on DNA results can
> more likely give a better explanation.
>
> joseph
>
>

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