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Old 07-30-2017, 09:18 AM
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Story is also carried by the Chicago Tribune: She thought she was Irish

Very interesting, well worth the read. Thanks, OP, for posting.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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It would have been worse had this been a girl baby that had been switched, from a traditional Jewish perspective

But back to the story, since the switched baby's mother wasn't Jewish, he wasn't Jewish and they had to grapple with that



It seemed that the other family had an easier time dealing with that identity part for their father. He could be "Irish" by thinking he was Irish. He was Catholic by virtue of being baptized.

The part that struck me was that the Jewish family didn't go looking for this. It kind of fell into their lap because of the other woman getting her results.
Being Irish was very important to her dad as he had an Irish funeral

She's heart broken the other child lived a great life while her dad lived in an orphanage.

Very heart breaking for both sides
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Old 07-30-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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I can't read it either. Apparently, I've used up my Washington Post quota for the period.
Usually you can clear cookies for that site and it resets you back to having not read before
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Old 07-30-2017, 04:15 PM
 
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Since I was adopted in 1959 in sealed records NY state, it was only via DNA thru ancestry.com that I found my birth mom, 2 cousins, and a brother I never knew. I never would have found them without the DNA test because I never had any name to search for and no clue other than mom was 18.

As it happened the DNA test matched me to a 2nd and a 3rd cousin, and it was a volunteer who figured out which ancestor in their trees we shared, as soon as that name came up a simple search for who else on ancestry had a tree with that name in it brought up mom's tree she had put up.

Mom didn't take the DNA test she had only registered for an account, so the match was made because she put up a family tree with that ancesors' name in it that DID match!
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Old 07-30-2017, 04:23 PM
 
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As for the story of a boy raised in a Bronx orphanage in the first decades of the 20th century being an Ashkenazi Jew but misled into thinking he was Irish,
I grew up being told I was 100% Italian, then the ancestry.com test showed otherwise, that of the major percentages I was 37% Irish and 24% Italian.
Now that I know my family tree, I can't trace it further back because it goes to Ireland and records are very hard to find there.
Since a grandmother came over from Ireland with her new married name, Ive been unable to find what her maiden name was, she HAD to apply for immigration which was approved 2 years later, so she had to have put down her maiden name on the application form but I don't know if those records are accessable.
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Old 07-30-2017, 05:48 PM
 
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Ive been unable to find what her maiden name was, she HAD to apply for immigration which was approved 2 years later, so she had to have put down her maiden name on the application form but I don't know if those records are accessable.
Do you have her death record? That may list her parents, with her mother listed with her maiden name. Of course, that assumes that the relative providing the information after death knows the maiden name.
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