Friday, January 29, 2016

Famous E1b1b1-M35.1 Albert Einstein, Caravaggio, Wright Brothers and more ....

Some very famous people with E1b1b1-M35.1 Haplogroup Y-DNA. Are you on the list ?
I know there are others, but unconfirmed.....

Thursday, January 28, 2016

E1b1b1 L117 - Chassidic rabbinical lineage share the L117 SNP of Y-DNA Haplogroup E

Genetic genealogy study focused on the Y-DNA pedigree of the Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty from Ukraine and Bessarabia during the nineteenth century. Genealogical and Y chromosome genetic data are presented. All patrilineal descendants of the Wertheim-Giterman rabbinical lineage share the L117 SNP of Y-DNA haplogroup E, previously described as E-M35, E-M35.1 and E1b1b1 in the literature....

The Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty was active from the late 18th century until the Holocaust. The founder of the dynasty was Rabbi Shimon Shlomo (circa 1750 – 1802), son of Rabbi Avraham ha-Rofe. He was the Maggid (preacher) of Savran and disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch, the primary disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidic Judaism.

The Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty is a particularly interesting lineage from a genealogical research standpoint, due, in part, to its many marriage connections to other iconic rabbinical lineages and dynasties throughout Europe and the Russian Empire. 

Notable among these interrelated rabbinic families is the Spira/Shapira/Shapiro rabbinical lineage, which traces its descent from Rashi (1040-1105) through the Treves rabbinical lineage, and which produced a long line of distinguished rabbis over the centuries.

The Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty connects to the Shapiro rabbinical lineage through multiple marriage connections. Aryeh Leib Wertheim’s first wife was Leah Hirsch. Her grandparents, Rabbi Menakhem Nakhum Twersky, the founder of the Twersky rabbinical dynasty, and Sarah Shapira, were both descendants of the Shapiro rabbinical lineage; Rabbi Twersky from Miriam Spira through the Katzenellenbogen rabbinical lineage, and Sarah from Miriam’s brother, Rabbi Peretz Spira, through the Shapiro rabbinical lineage.... 

The E-L117 Haplogroup
Essential to determining the unique Y-DNA “signature” of a particular rabbinical lineage is the terminal single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), which defines the haplogroup to which descendants of the lineage belong.32 In addition to having a high percentage of standard Y-DNA markers or short-tandem repeat (STR) allele values in common, another Y-DNA characteristic that all descendants of the Wertheim-Giterman rabbinical lineage share is that they all belong to the E-L117 haplogroup.
The E-L117 haplogroup was previously known as E-M35 or E-M35.1, and has also been referred to in the literature as E1b1b1. Previously, it had been assumed that haplogroup E1b1b1 (E-M35) arose in East Africa and the haplogroup was often incorrectly described as African, leaving a misimpression regarding the origin and complex history of this haplogroup. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and National Geographic’s Genographic Project, E1b1b1 may have arisen instead in the Near East or the Middle East, and then expanded into the Mediterranean with the spread of agriculture.   

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sephardic DNA ..... E1b1b1-a1b

Here is an interesting study on Sephardic Heritage DNA ....

Some Spehardic Family names ....  Alhadeff, Bekhor, Douek, Lisbona, Modiano, Souroujon, Rousso, Cavaliero, Marzouk and Taranto. Descendants of these families are indeed related to each other. 

The Modiano and Dwek families also have shown a probable common ancestor. 

Douek (Sephardic)  E1b1b1-a1b 13-24-13-10-16-18-11-12-12-14-11-31-15-9-9-11-11-26-14-19-33-14-14-16-17 Sephardic Heritage .... (about 40 % on this list are E1b1b1)

Signatures:  A statistical study of the Y-chromosomes among a large number of Jewish individuals in Europe has found 10 clusters of DNA (mostly Ashkenazim). These are called “signatures.” In our Sephardic study, we have found 17 unique signatures, indicating that Sephardim have more genetic diversity than do Ashkenazim. The possible reasons for the greater diversity among the Sephardim are complex and the subject for another, separate article. These signatures cover all of the typical haplogroups found among the Ashkenazim except for R1a, which was non-existent in our sample. A unique signature is an indication that some men were not related to a particular community where other signatures were prevalent. They may have immigrated into that community and/or were converted to Judaism (as was common in Roman times for freed slaves of Jewish families).

Friday, April 12, 2013

Napoleon's Coat and the E1b1b1 Y-DNA Connection

The Story of Napoleon's Coat

Napoleon sought shelter in Mogilev and toward evening one day in late November or early December he met Yoneh Lurie who was praying his mincha (afternoon) prayers. Noting he was a Jew, Napoleon reassuredly approached him for help and assistance for his journey home. The historical record recalls how Napoleon had himself "personally carried out a reconnaissance." Lurie, fearful for his life, went with him seven parsaot until Napoleon was safe. In appreciation the Emperor removed his coat with its gold and silver adornments and gave it to him as a gift. On his way back to the city some robbers approached Yoneh. When they attempted to rob him of the coat he offered them the gold embroidery and gold buttons in exchange for his being allowed to keep the stripped coat.

In this way he was able to save the coat which was then hidden away for a number of years so as not to arouse any suspicions among the Russians. This coat was later made into a parochet (cover for the Torah ark) with a dedication embroidered on it with a Hebrew inscription, which reads:

As for my prayers, may He who dwells in the East, hear my plea. Joseph, son of Jacob Aaron Lurie, may his light shine from Mogilev. And his wife Fruma from Slutzk.

The story of this parochet has been preserved in the personal writings of Yoneh Lurie. It is located in the Hebrew University and National Library as manuscript 2660.  From : The Lurie Legacy

An 1806 French print depicts Napoleon Bonaparte emancipating the Jews.

Finding of the determination of the Y-haplogroup of French Emperor Napoléon I (Napoléon Bonaparte). DNA was extracted from two islands of follicular sheaths located at the basis of two of his beard hairs, conserved in the Vivant Denon reliquary. The Y-haplogroup of Napoléon I, determined by the study of 10 NRY-SNPs (non-recombinant Y-single nucleotide polymorphisms), is E1b1b1c1*. Charles Napoléon, the current collateral male descendant of Napoléon I, belongs to this same Y-haplogroup; his Y-STR profile was determined by using a set of 37 NRY-STRs (non-recombinant Y-microsatellites).

The Lurie Legacy: The House of Davidic Royal Descent by Neil Rosenstein

Lurie/Luria Family 

E1b1b1 13-24-13-10-15-18-11-12-12-14-11-31

The Lurie Legacy: The House of Davidic Royal Descentby Neil Rosenstein 

The author of The Unbroken Chain has just written another major work, this time about one of the most distinguished Jewish families: Lurie/Luria. It is a very ancient family, tracing its roots back through Rashi and Hillel to King David. The family is known throughout history for its extraordinary achievements in science, philosophy, theology and the arts. The book is a comprehensive study of the Lurie/Luria family that includes 45 pages of family trees showing the relationship of the Lurie family to such other families as Epstein, Eskeles, Heilprin, Isserles, Katzenellenbogen, Margolit, Meisel, Mendelssohn, Pereira, Weidenfeld and Wulff. The text portion of the book is filled with the history of the Lurie family, critical analysis of previous works about the family and legends by family members penned in the 19th century. More than 60 documents of the Lurie family illustrate the book, the earliest dating to the 16th century. Foreword by Israel Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel and President of the Great Rabbinical Court; Preface by Ranan R. Lurie.  Available at $84.76

Contents : 


The Jewish Pope xxi
Family Ramifications xxii
Other Luries xxii
Sources xxiii

An Early 16th-Century Document 1
Interpretation of the Manuscript 2
Family History: Lurie-Spira Relationships 8
Early 14th- and 15th-Century German Civil Documents 8
Treves Connection 11
Three 16th-Century Hebrew Documents, 1554, 1566, and 1583 12
Oxford Manuscript by Shtadlan Joselmann of Rosheim 13
Letter Written in 1566 13
Manuscript Dated 1583 In Worms Written by Aaron Lurie 20
16th-Century Inscription of Three Early Lurie Generations 22
17th-Century Lurie Documents 22
Lurie Branch from Italy 30
Three 16th-Century Great Lurie Rabbinical Scholars 31
R. Solomon Lurie MaHaRaSHaL, 1510-1573 31
R. Moses Isserles ReMA, 1525-1572 33
R. Meir Katzenellenbogen of Padua (MaHaRaM Padua) 1482-1565 35
Rashi's Descent from King David 36
From Rashi to Hillel 36
From Hillel to King David  36

Early 19th-Century Lurie Family Saga (Unpublished Manuscript) 39
The Manuscript 41
Introduction: His Father  41
Lurie Family Ancestry  41
His Lurie Grandparents  42
His Father: Jacob Aaron Lurie  43
His Father's Siblings 44
His Father's Children (Jacob Aaron Lurie's Children)  44
His Mother's Family (R. Zeev Wolf Simchowitz) 45
The Hospital In Minsk 46
The Vilna Gaon and Haim of Volozhin 46
Late 19th-Century Manuscript by R. David Lurie, The RaDaL of Bykhov 47
1812: Emperor Napoleon's Coat 53
Manuscript 2660--Yonah Lurie's Own Story 55
Writing Home 62
Aging 66
Body and Soul 70
Journey to Jerusalem 76
Tiberias Springs 82
Request of the Children 84
An Everlasting Testimony 86

Reprinting of Zecher Olam, Second Edition (1884) 95
Introduction 95
Reprinting of Zecher Olam--Third Edition (1891) 97
The Tragedies of 1885 97
Reprinting of Zecher Olam--Fourth Edition (1911) by the daughter, Rachel Anikster 98
Introduction 98
A Prayer at the Western Wall by Rachel Anikster 99
Anikster family letters 102
Letter Written in 1881 by Rebecca Lipa, wife of Meir Anikster 102
Letter Written In 1882 by Meir Anikster  105
Letter Written in 1884 by Rachel, daughter of Meir Anikster 108
Letter Written in 1885 by Rebecca Lipa, wife of Meir Anikster 111
Letter Written in 1889 by Rebecca Lipa, wife of Meir Anikster 114

Hayyah Lourie and Her Sons 119
Halpern Family 122
Lourie Family 124
The Eliasberg Family 147
Lourie Family 19th-Century Russian Citizenship 151
Memoirs of Paul Lourié 154
Hayyah Lourie and Her Sons 119
Halpern Family 122
Lourie Family 124
The Eliasberg Family 147
Lourie Family 19th-Century Russian Citizenship 151
Memoirs of Paul Louri? 154
I Start Gymnasium  154
Setting the Stage 154
I Was Born in Vienna 162
Where We All Began  164
Leopold Lourié in Vienna 169
Matura and the First World War  172
Rebuilding After the First World War 178
The Beginning of the End 188
Hitler Takes Austria  191
Recollections of a Prisoner's "Widow" 196
The Final Exodus  200
Epilogue  204
Appendix I--A Word About Titles 205
Appendix II--Eliasburg Amulet and Manuscript  205
Appendix III--Life in Pinsk Described in Der Tag 207
Appendix IV--Telegram from the Old Employees 208

Lurya Family Who Lived In Moghilev 211
Birth Records of Moghilev Jews for 1837-38 211
Birth Records of Moghilev Jews for 1855 213
Ordinary Register Book (Revizskaya Skazka) of Petty-Bourgeois Jews of the
Province Town of Moghilev for 1858 (about 70% survived) 214
Marriage Records on Jews of the Province Town of Moghilev for 1858 216
An Additional Register Book of Petty-Bourgeois Jews of the Province Town of
Moghilev for 1858-74 216
Death Records of Jews of the Province Town of Moghilev for 1870-74 217
Lurya Family Who Lived in Minsk 219
Ordinary Register Book on Petty-Bourgeois Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1816 219
Additional Register Book on Petty-Bourgeois Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1816 . 219
Ordinary Register Book on Merchant Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1850 219
Ordinary Register Book on Petty-Bourgeois Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1850 220
Rapoport Family Who Lived in Minsk and Moghilev 221
Additional Register Book of Merchant Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1816 221
Additional Register Book of Merchant Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1818 221
Ordinary Register Book of Merchant Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1850 221
Ordinary Register Book of Petty-Borgeois Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1850 221
Ordinary Register Book of Petty-Bourgeois Jews of the Province Town of Moghilev for 1858
(about 70% survived) 222
Death Records of Jews of the Province Town of Moghilev for 1870-74 222
Simkohovich Family Who Lived in Minsk 223
Ordinary Register Book of Merchant Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1816 223
Ordinary Register Book of Petty-Bourgeois Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1816 223
Ordinary Register Book of Merchant Jews of the Province Town of Minsk for 1850 223
Commentaries 224

Chassidic Epstein Families of Bar and Kolomyja 230
Epstein Family of Lithuania 233
R Aryey Leib Epstein, 1708-1775, A.B.D. Koenigsberg 235
Epstein Family of Grodno and Family Lewin-Epstein 238
Family of Zeev Wolf Epstein 239
Epsteins of White Russia (Belarus) 241
Kopstein Family 242
Chassidic Epstein Family of Homel: Chabad Chassidism 244
Epstein Family of Warsaw: Families Wengeroff, Mirsky And Slonimsky 245
Simeon Zemel b. Jehiel Michel Epstein 246
The Din Torah  246
David b. Zemel Epstein 248
Pinchas (Paul) b. Zemel Epstein 249
Judah b. Zemel Epstein 250
Literary Pursuits  252
From Riches to Rags  253
Ephraim Menachem b. Judah Yudel Epstein, Medical Doctor 255
Why Do I Live So Long?  257
The Death of Doctor Epstein  262
Dr. Ephraim M. Epstein  262
A Tribute from Dr. Waugh  262
From Professor John Uri Lloyd  263
A Colleague of Many Years  263
As I Shall Remember Dr. Epstein 264
In Appreciation of Dr. M. Epstein Ephraim  265
He Died Rich 265
Prominent Rabbis and Volozhin Yeshiva 266
Karelitz Family 267

Heilprin from R. Jehiel Heilprin, the Seder HaDorot 273
Heilprin from Tarnogrod and Krotoschin 273
Heilprin Dynasty of Brzezany 275

Israel (Isarel Lazers) and Dina Malka Had Four Sons and Three Daughters 278
Family of R. Moses Isserles (ReMA) 279
Meisels Family and Descendants 279
Children of Wolf of Vilna-Hamburg 280
Itzig Family of Berlin, Dessau and Vienna 284



Luria Family Trees 303
Luria Family Origins 305
Main Luria Line 306
Luria Branch A: Mohilev Branch Origins 308
Luria Branch B: Minsk-Pinsk Branch 310
Luria Branch C: Bychow Branch Origins 312
Luria Branch D: Margolis-Reichenstein and Beilinson Family Branch 313
Luria Branch E: Pines and Yellin Family Branch 314
Luria Branch F: Krekenava Branch and Anikster Family 316
Luria Branch G: Lurie Family of Jerusalem Origins 318
Luria Branch H: Zuckerman and Ettlinger Family Branch 319
Luria Branch I: Assure and Robinovitz Family Branch 321
Luria Branch J: Shulman Family Branch 322
Epstein Family Trees 325
Epstein Family Origins 326
Epstein Branch A: Descendants of Aryey Leib Epstein of Koenigsburg - 1 328
Epstein Branch B: Descendants of Aryey Leib Epstein of Koenigsburg - 2 329
Epstein Branch C: Grodno Branch Origins 331
Epstein Branch D-I: Descendants of Jehiel Michel Epstein 332
Epstein Branch D-II: Slutzk, Bobruisk, and Warsaw Branch 334
Epstein Branch E: Levin-Epstein Family Branch 336
Epstein Branch F: Shatzkes Family Branch 337
Isserles-Meisels Family Trees 339
Meisels and Mendelssohn-Wulff Families 340
Descendants of SHACH (Rabbi Shabtai HaKohen) 342
Descendants of MAHADURA BATRA (Rabbi Moses, Chief Rabbi of Lublin) 344
Weidenfeld Family 346
Margolioth/Margolis Family 347
Mendelssohn-Wulff-Itzig Family 348
Pereira-Arnstein FamilyEskeles-Wimpffen Family 349
Eskeles-Wimpffen Family 350
Heilprin Family Trees 353
Heilprin Family 354
Heilprin Dynasty of Brzezany 356

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sir David Attenborough, E1b1b1, explains the Tree of Life.

"All Life is related....."

Are you related to Sir David Attenborough ?  Y-DNA Haplogroup E1b1b1-M35.

Order your Y-DNA  Test Kit from for $49 

The surname Attenborough derives from a small Nottinghamshire settlement, now absorbed into the suburbs of Nottingham. At the time of the 1881 census its bearers lived mainly nearby in the Trent Valley, with the greatest concentration in Nottingham. Two centuries earlier the hearth tax records show that all eight householders of that name lived within three miles of Attenborough.17 The father of the famous Attenborough brothers, actor Richard and broadcaster and naturalist David, was born in Nottinghamshire.18 The finding by King and Jobling that 87% of the Attenboroughs carried the haplogroup E1b1b1, a rare exotic in Britain, suggests a common ancestor.  How a haplogroup found most commonly in Africa found its way to Nottinghamshire before surnames developed we shall probably never know. African sailors and servants began to appear in Britain from about 1555, mainly in London and a few other cities. During the Medieval period there is almost no evidence that anyone in Britain had ever seen an African.

DNA Testing says our DNA is 340,000 years old, what does Genesis say ?

DNA evidence has revealed that the oldest known common male ancestor is 340,000 years old, more than twice as old as previous estimates. 

New Scientist reports that the sample comes from a recently deceased man named Albert Perry. After the African-American South Carolina man died, one of his relatives submitted a sample of his DNA to a company called Family Tree DNA for analysis. 

The findings were published in the The American Journal of Human Genetics and may require researchers to adjust the known timeline of humankind’s evolution. Michael Hammer, a geneticist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, heard about Perry's unusual Y chromosome and did some further testing. His team's research revealed something extraordinary: 

Perry did not descend from the genetic Adam. In fact, his Y chromosome was so distinct that his male lineage probably separated from all others about 338,000 years ago.

Now this is especially interesting when one considers the debate between Creationists that say the earth is 5773 years old and Evolutionists that say the earth is 4.54 Billion years old and that human DNA is approximately 200,000 years old. 

The results of this Test show that both are wrong with the Evolutionists being 140,000 years closer to the present Scientific Data.

But if we blend the two hypothesis, there is a 3rd possibility. Working with the initial Story of a 7 Day Creation and taking the view that a Day of Creation actually represents Billions of years we can discover something quite interesting when studying the Original Hebrew of the Old Testament Creation Myth.  

If you read the Be'Reshit (Genesis) in Hebrew you see that on Day 6 EL'ohim "created" mankind first (Ardipithecus in Africa 6 million years ago ?) then on Day 8, YHWH "forms" Adam (5773 years ago ?) 

Day 6,  Gen 1:27  "EL-ohim created man in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them"

כז. וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים | אֶת הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם:

Day 8,  Gen 2:7  And the Lord (YHWH) God formed man of dust from the ground, and He breathed into his nostrils the soul of life, and man became a living soul.  

ז. וַיִּיצֶר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת הָאָדָם עָפָר מִן הָאֲדָמָה וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים וַיְהִי הָאָדָם לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה:

In fact Gen 2:7 is the very first time in the Bible that we see the Name Y-H-W-H.

So it is very possible that the Genesis Story paints an accurate picture of how mankind has evolved over a period of 13.8 Billion years (age of our Universe), 6 million years, DNA being established 340,000 years ago, and the development of our Creation Myth (Psyche) over a very short period of 5773 years. 

The Letters Y-H-W-H  from Exodus 3:15, and Genesis 2:7 can be read as an acronym for the saying "I have been, I am, and I will be". 

These three very short phrases represent the major evolution of our kind : a period of 6 Million, 340,000 and 5773 years respectively.  And we continue to develop and evolve to this very day. We are currently living in the "I will Be" Phase of our existence. What will we be ?  


- R Borghese