When unraveling your family’s past, there are bound to be surprises. This past summer, the Washington Post covered the discovery of Alice Collins Plebuch. When she took a DNA test to learn about her roots, the results revealed a bloodline only half descended from the expected British Isles.
After years of research, involving the analysis of hundreds of other DNA tests, Plebuch proved that her father, born in 1913, had been switched with another baby in the hospital. The man so proud of his Irish heritage (“Danny Boy” was sung at his funeral) had actually been European Jewish, Middle Eastern and Eastern European. Kudos to Plebuch for sticking with a challenging search!
Though longer, my search for closure following my Aunt Elsie’s death seemed equally astounding, at least, to me. Stay tuned.