WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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her mother accepted the information, and then became progressively fascinated by her own history. She discovered that her Slovakian grand- parents were from a Gypsy culture. Now, Mark says, her mother likes to tell people, "I'm half Gypsy." * * * Ancestry research is done by taking known family tree information and, in today's world, uploading it into online search engines. From there, changed his country of origin and birthdate when he came to the United States. Mark speculates that perhaps he felt it would be easier to assimilate and find work if one was Irish versus Slovakian. She notes, "When people came through Ellis Island, they could be whoever they wanted to be." Mark's mother was resistant at first, reluctant to believe that the new information was correct. So, Mark decided to pursue DNA testing. She told her mother, "If it shows Eastern European DNA, then we'll talk. And in fact, it did." Mark took the raw data from the DNA testing (also done through Ancestry.com) and uploaded this to multiple sites, including Family Tree DNA (FTDNA.com) and GEDmatch (GEDmatch.com). Then, "the relative explosion came." She started seeing family trees into which she connected, people with grandparents born in the same small Slovakian village from which her great grandparents had come. Slowly, M E D I A B A K E R Y "A family tree is created as you confirm or reject information based on your own review, using knowledge of your personal history." 112 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 Researching Your Family

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