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The Gottesman Surname Project
Gottesman Lineages. The Gottesman Surname Project strives to establish the number of unique Gottesman lines via the DNA Project. Each new testee will match an existing line or establish a new one. The following eight lineages have been verified via DNA test:
Haplogroup R-M269 (R1b). This lineage is descended from Avraham Tuvia Gottesman, who was a cattle broker. His place of birth is unknown. He last lived in Volochisk, Ukraine with his wife Malka Cohen (born 1882/1883) and their three children (Gitel/Gertie, Yacov Yosef, and Moshe/Murray Yisroel). Avraham was murdered in Volochisk in 1919 in a pogrom. In 1921, his wife and children emigrated to the United States via Ellis Island, which lists their residence as Woloczysk, Poland.
Haplogroup Q-M242. This lineage is descended from Bernard Israel-Bear Gottesman (1850-1923), who had 8 children. His son David Gottesman (born 1877/1878, married to Channa Blobstein) had children born in the 1910's in Kivyatch, Czechoslovakia, which is now part of the Ukraine. David had a younger brother and sister who were twins named Shie and Esther. David entered the United States via Ellis Island in 1910; he is listed as being from Munkacs/Mukacheve and going to stay with his brother-in-law Max Nalpod? in New York. David lived in Chicago for a short period of time. It is believed that David and Channa returned to Czechoslovakia. This Q lineage is also descended from Shmuel Zenvil Gottesman (born 1846/1847). His place of birth is unknown but his family is tied to Tyśmienica, Chlebiczyn/Chlebyszyn, Lackie Szlacheckie, Tłumacz, Delatin, Dolina, Perehińske, and Czeremchów, all of which were formerly in Galicia and are presently in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (province) in the western part of the Ukraine.
Haplogroup E-M34. This lineage is descended from Abraham Gottesman (born 1853 in Obava, a few miles away from Munkacs) who married Etel/Etya Salamon (born 1856 in Romania) and had at least seven children, six of whom moved to the U.S./Canada approximately 1898-1908. Those six were: David (b. 1880), Moshe, Zelig/Zoltan, Beryl/Bill, Israel/Isadore (b. 1885) & the only girl, Pearl, who married Moshe Klein. The seventh was Leia (b. 1897), about whom we have no further data. After WWI, that Austro-Hungarian Empire sub-Carpathian area became Czechoslovakia and after WWII, Ukraine.
Haplogroup E-M34. This lineage is descended from Daniel Gottesman (?-?) who married Freude Süssel Mahlberg (?-?). This line is from Wyszatyce, near Przemysl, Poland. It is not related to the other E-M34 line (it is a 14/25 match).
Haplogroup J1. This Cohanim lineage is descended from Betzalel Gottesman (1779-18??), father of Dovid Shmuel/David Samuel Gottesman (~1825-1867). Dovid Shmuel was married to Chaya Rivka or Helen Spiegel (perhaps both). He had six children born in Munkacs/Mukacheve. It is one branch of this family that lends its name to several libraries, some Yeshiva University buildings, and Central National-Gottesman.
Haplogroup J-M267 (J1). This lineage is descended from a Gottesmann family that changed the name to Beron, based on the mother's maiden name. It is not related to the other J1 line (it is a 30/37 match).
Haplogroup J2. This lineage is descended from Max Gottesman and his wife Henrietta Fensterstock. This family is traced to Munkacs/Mukacheve.
Haplogroup J2. This lineage is descended from Yankiel/Yaacov Gottesman (1809-1869) his son Moshe Gottesman (1862-1939), who married Yetta Sosya Weitzman. This family is traced to Husiatyn/Gusiatyn, Ukraine and Przemysl, Poland. It is not related to the other J2 line (it is a 24/43 match).
Currently being tested. Kit not yet returned to lab. This lineage is descended from ... (awaiting details)
Soon to be tested. Kit not yet purchased. This lineage is descended from Gad Gottesman (born circa 1780). His son Shmuel Ber Gottesman (1825-1912) was born in Rackovitz, Hungary. According to some, Gad's last name was Popper or Proper, and he adopted his wife's last name, Gottesman.
Traditional Research. Through traditional genealogical research, Gottesman descendants have found several origins for Gottesman families:
Galicia. Galicia (or Galizien, as it is called in German) is the name given to the portion of Poland which was occupied by the Austro-Hungarian Empire between 1772-1918. The Eastern portion ceded to the Ukraine after World War II. There are several Gottesman families that originated in Galicia but thus far we have been unable to locate the ways in which these families are connected. Some researchers believe all Gottesman families from Galicia are related. Lineages have been traced to Lodz, Opoczno, Strykow, Jaroslaw and Rzeszow, Poland.
Ukraine. Gottesman lineages have been traced to: Cheremkhov (in the Stanislav oblast), Peremyshlyany, Vinogradov, Koropets, Buchach, Volochisk, Uzhgorod, Irshava, Rogatin, Zadnie, Kolochava, Mukacheve*, Borislav, Lvov, Buchach, Chernovtsy, Beregovo, Skole, Ozeryany, Chortkov, Zarachanko, Gusyatin, Gorodenka and Sniatyn.
Hungary. Gottesman lineages have been traced to Munkach*, Tarpa, and Budapest.
Austria. One lineage has been traced to Ulaskowce, Austria. Another family emigrated from Ladzkie, Austria.
Slovakia. There is a Gottesman family that traces its origins to Mukachevo* in Slovakia.
Other. Gottesman lineages are known to have emigrated from Galicia to Italy, Israel, the United States, and Bucuresti, Romania. Other Gottesman's emigrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Switzerland.
Variations. Variations on the surname spelling have been traced to Germany and other European locations. There is a separate DNA Surname Project for the Goetzman/Götzmann family of German origin, available at: goetzmans.com
* Please note that many of these locations are the same due to shifting borders. For example, Mukacheve, Ukraine, Munkach, Hungary, and Mukachevo, Slovakia, are all the same locale. It was also in Czechoslovakia and Russia. Additional names include:
- Ukrainian: Мукачеве (Mukacheve)
- Hungarian: Munkács
- Romanian: Muncaci or Munceag
- Russian: Мукачево (Mukachevo)
- Rusyn: Мукачів (Mukachiv)
- Slovak and Czech: Mukačevo
- German: Munkatsch
- Yiddish: Munkacz or Minkatsh
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