Resources For Learning About The Jewish People and Judaism

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  1. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Interesting! I did not know that. To answer your question I am not sure because I do not know my full ancestry yet.
     
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  3. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    As of now I am still not sure if I am English, Dutch, French, or Swiss but I know I am German, Polish, Irish, and Russian.
     
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  5. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Actually, considering my research, chances are I am English, Dutch, French, and Swiss too.
     
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    Like most European populations, today's Irish community has DNA from quite a few nearby people. Nonetheless, having lived on their own island for many centuries (or even millennia), their DNA is considerably more than 50% Celtic.

    Their language has borrowings from many people, but the grammar and syntax is clearly Celtic.

    The people who now live in Scotland are actually the descendants of Irish explorers, and the language we know as "Scots Gaelic" is, indeed, not terribly different from Irish Gaelic.

    Since the Scots have chosen to join the British Commonwealth, English is Scotland's official language. Just about everybody there (except a few communities who like to stay off the beaten track) speaks English in ordinary conversation, with the bits of slang and dialect that would be expected.
     
  8. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I forgot to mention that I may have some Jewish ancestry too.
     
  9. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Wow! I did not know that the modern Scots descended from the Irish. Where else in Europe can Celtic ancestry be found?
     
  10. river Valued Senior Member

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    Celtics were in all of Europe , before being in the Iles of Briton , Wales , Ireland and Scotland .
     
  11. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    So to sum up my ancestry so far I may be Jewish, Roman, English, Dutch, French, Swiss, German, Polish, Irish, and Russian.
     
  12. river Valued Senior Member

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    Of course .
     
  13. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    The French region of Brittany (which they call Bretagne) is the home of the ancestors of the Celtic people who originally lived in what is now England. They speak Breton, a Celtic language that they brought with them when they fled from England, seeing both the Germanic tribes AND the Norse tribes (who also did, and still do, speak Germanic languages: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic) coming to conquer their original homeland.

    They've lived in what is now northwestern France for more than a millennium, and they seem to get along just fine with their neighbors. Obviously, it's a tremendous advantage to speak and understand French, the country's national language, so lots of the Breton people are bilingual.

    Just remember that the British Isles and all of their nearby islands (not just Ireland) were colonized by Celtic tribes, taking over from the Stone Age people who built Stonehenge. Those folks never developed a written language. English probably has a handful of ancient words inherited from them, but after so many millennia and the inevitable sound shifts, it's impossible to track them down.

    As to your question about other Celtic peoples, there are a few, but they're all within boating distance of England, Scotland and Ireland. Let's see: there's Cornish--which is hardly spoken anymore--and Manx--which is spoken only slightly more than Cornish. And of course let's not forget Welsh. Virtually all Welsh people speak English, and many don't even bother to learn their ancestral language. Nonetheless, the government makes sure that Welsh continues to be a living language, and there are enough Welshmen who feel the same way, so it's not in any danger of extinction.
     
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  14. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Thanks for the info on the Celtic people and their language!
     
  15. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I just wanted to update you guys on my ancestry. I do indeed believe I am a German, Polish, Irish, and Russian American. I am unsure if I am Jewish, Roman, English, Dutch, French, or Swiss however. I hate having to say I may or may not be something so I thought this update was important.
     
  16. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    So to the best of my knowledge so far I am a German, Polish, Irish, and Russian American. I am thinking about trying out one of those DNA tests to find out the whole story on my ancestry.
     

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