Man Uncovers A Deep Family Secret After Taking A DNA Test

Genetics can say a lot about a person. For the majority of his life, Joel Gottfried thought he knew everything about his upbringing. That all changed after he took an at-home DNA test. When Gottfried finally got his results, he soon realized that his entire life had been a lie.

Researching His Family Tree

It can be fun researching ancestors and learning about their history. Joel Gottfried decided he would do just that.

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First, he began searching on his father’s side of the family and noticed there were a lot of documents available. Gottfried learned they were Jews who fled Europe and arrived at Ellis Island.