Jewish Ukraine-West

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Jews arrived in the region that is today western Ukraine at various times by different routes throughout the diaspora. By the end of the first century CE there were already Jews from the Near East who had settled in the Crimea on the Black Sea. More than a thousand years later beginning in the 13th century, there was a major migration of Ashkenazi Jews eastward from Germany. This migration continued until the Chmielnitski massacres in the mid 17th century. In the 19th century, Jews from the northern part of the Russian Pale moved to Podolia and Kherson gubernias and Bessarabia to settle on agricultural colonies. In addition to migrations there were some conversions into the Jewish population by Italians, Poles and others. Thus, the sources of Jewish population in western Ukraine from whence our ancestors emerged are varied.



Family Tree DNA learning center:
Family Tree DNA webinars:

ISOGG beginner's guide to genetic genealogy:'_guides_to_genetic_genealogy

A glossary for those unfamiliar with the terminology used by genetic genealogists can be found at:

Some helpful books:  Genetic Genealogy, The Basics and Beyond by Emily D. Aulicino, 2013
                                Legacy:  A Genetic History of the Jewish People by Harry Ostrer, 2012

Some helpful Facebook groups:  Tracing the Tribe
                                                Sephardic Jews in Poland

Helpful websites on Sephardic genealogy:   Harry Stein's       
                                                               Jeff Malka's

Wikipedia is also a reliable source for information on genetic genealogy

For an overview of the human migration out of Africa and an interactive map and timeline where you can trace your Haplogroup, check out the National Geographic Genographic Project: