All along I thought I was a German.
A while back I decided to take a y-DNA test to see if I could figure out my European ancestry. I know who my first ancestor in America was, Christian Redelsberger, and that he arrived in Philadelphia in September of 1733. I also knew that Christian left Rotterdam by ship earlier that summer. The trail goes cold at the dock.
As for where Christian was before that, I had no clue. I had a few guesses, but nothing concrete. That is, until I took the y-DNA test, and the results came back on Monday. Now I know. My guess was right.
I got a definitive y-DNA hit to someone living in Europe with whom I share a common male ancestor 12-14 generations ago. This man contributed his sample a few years ago, and even better, has traced his family back to a Cunradt Rotlisperger, who lived in the Canton of Bern in 1540.
Now, that doesn't tell me when or how Christian's family left Bern, but we do know that a number of the Rotlispergers were Anabaptists and left Switzerland in the early 1600's and settled along the Rhine (in the Alsace), and even perhaps in the Province of Limburg (along the Meuse). Some of these folk were also Reformed. Somewhere among them are my ancestors.
So, I'm not a German. I am Swiss. The genes prove it!