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  •  Don't know if the family was Ashkenazic or not (2+ / 0-)

    but I do know that my mother and sister are both Tay-Sachs carriers and for all I know, I am too. I have never been tested. Both of them have and are positive for it.

    And there is most definitely Jewish ancestry in the family, on my mother's side. The Dutch ancestors were all Jews and my maternal grandmother was born a Wynkoop.

    Should I get tested?

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    by Kitsap River on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 10:44:14 PM PST

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    •  Tay-Sachs.... (1+ / 0-)
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      charliehall pretty common among Ashkenazi.  That's a reasonably strong indicator.  Dutch ancestry..... that's.... kinda tough to narrow down.  Ashkenazi is very likely, or they could have been Sephardic.  

      •  All Ashkenazic Jews (2+ / 0-)
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        should be tested for Tay-Sachs before they get married.

        It is a really big deal.

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        by charliehall on Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 04:29:10 AM PST

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        •  I know it is. (1+ / 0-)
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          And I didn't find out about it until I had been married twice and we were trying to have kids, but we never could. My sister didn't find out about it until she was married and pregnant, and she got tested, and sure enough...fortunately, there is no Ashkenazim ancestry on Olivier's side of the equation and he is clean. And I only found out about it because my mother told me my sister was a carrier. Which means she inherited it from our mother. Which means my mother is a carrier. Which means I could be, too. But it was pretty clear at that point that Bob and I were never going to have children and that it wouldn't matter in my case. There was pretty clear visual indication that Bob's mother's family had some African American blood that wasn't mentioned, and while I knew about my family's Jewish ancestry, I had not known about the Tay-Sachs until after it didn't matter anymore.

          I don't know. Still. Haven't gotten tested. The only kids I will have will be by adoption, so it doesn't really matter. Still.

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          by Kitsap River on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 09:02:42 AM PST

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