Genealogy and Immigration

I have written previously of the ethnic diversity of my friends during my growing up years in Belmont Massachusetts, a close suburb of Boston. We lived about 7 miles from downtown Boston. From my home it was only a trolley ride to Harvard Square and then a subway ride to Tremont Street in downtown Boston.

Belmont residents represented a map of Europe. In many cases it was the parents or grandparents who had emigrated to the United States in the 1880’s or early 1900’s. Some residents could trace their ancestors back to the earliest settlers. (My family for example.)

I wrote recently of the passing of one particular classmate in junior and senior high school. He was Marvin Zonis. I wasn’t aware of his religion but I now read that he was Jewish and his parents had immigrated from Russia in the 1920’s. A fascinating background compared with my white Anglo-Saxon heritage going back to England and the Mayflower.

I remember that he and another Belmont High School student, Ella Swartz, were very keen on each other. After graduating from Belmont High in 1954, Marvin went off to Yale and Ella to Wellesley. In the February 9 1957 edition of the Boston Globe their engagement was announced. I now read that they did marry but subsequently divorced.

Part of my family tree (constructed by my grandson Kyle)

Collecting More Ancestors

I’ve recently added to my ancestor numbers.  My family tree now has 21,181 people on the branches.  I’ve identified individuals as far back as the 13th century.  e.g. a 20th great grandmother born in 1285 in Selkirkshire Scotland – Isabella De Synton

My ethnicity reported in an earlier blog has now been altered slightly – has Ancestry devised new and different tests on the saliva sample I sent several years ago?  So now instead of having Norwegians in my past,  I am told they lived in Sweden.  So why did I attend Norwegian language classes?  All along I should have been studying Swedish.   My teacher has sent condolences re this new information.  Well at least I’m still in Scandinavia.