On a lark (and also to benefit my research), I took a DNA test. Results say I'm 40% Ashkenazi Jewish.
Ok. Took another test. 43% Jewish Diaspora. Huh.
Took a 3rd test. A whopping 47.7% Ashkenazi Jewish. Nearly 50%. Half.
What does this mean?It means I'm 1/2 Ashkenazi Jew. You get 1/2 of your DNA from each parent. One of my parents was...Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ). Neither of my parents were AJ.
My son tested at 25% AJ. Exactly what you would expect if a maternal grandparent was nearly 100% AJ.
Why is that significant?Neither of my parents were of Jewish descent. Or my grandparents. Or my great grandparents. Or my great great grandparents. I know this for a fact. Although I can't DNA test dead people, I know these folks through and through. I can't know their ethnic origins, but I know they were all dyed in the wool Baptists. Every last one of them. Devoted Baptists.
Anyhow....50% means a PARENT. My mom or dad.