DNA FINDS A NEW
As we mentioned in the March
2017, the May
2017, and the September
2017 edition of the McCarty Metro, we learned
that Jerry McCarty took the Ancestry.com DNA test, to find
his heritage. The results came back and Jerry found out
that he had 2 first cousins that had also taken this test.
One was Kathleen (McCarty) Unti, who is the daughter of (Uncle)
Bill McCarty. The other was Eugene Skladnowski, a person
that Jerry had just found out about. Since Kathleen,
Jerry, and Gene all tested as first cousins to each other,
we are looking at a McCarty (a brother of Bill and Robert)
who could be the link between these 3.
interested in finding out more about his roots. As an
offer to help in his search, he
is willing to pay for up to four tests if any of the other
McCarty kids (Uncle Jim's, Uncle Vince's, Uncle Eddie's
are interested in helping him on his quest.
So, without further ado, we
continue the story to find out more about our new
I wanted to give you an
update on my search...
Ancestry.com I have been able to locate my half-sister.
Her name is Tish Germain and she lives in Roseville,
Michigan. Her maiden name was Patricia “Tish” Rzeppa!
Pretty close to your family connection of Rzepka!
Could even be a Ellis Island misspelling! We now believe
that we both share the same mother due to my McCarty
connection. Our mother was Dorothy Pries/Priest depending
on who was spelling it at the time. She ultimately
married Norbert Rzeppa and became Dorothy Rzeppa. I
believe that her mother, my grandmother, remarried and had
the last name of Groblewski. Anyway, last month I invited
my half-sister for a visit and she stayed with me and my
family for two weeks. We did a lot of sightseeing and
talked about our respective pasts trying to cram
everything in during her short stay. It was a good time!
In addition to having a half-sister, it appears that I
also have a half-brother, Norbert Rzeppa, Jr. I am
attempting to contact him now, since he and his sister
aren’t on the best of speaking terms at the moment.
Hopefully he can shed some light on the situation as well!
have enclosed two photos, one is of the two of us in front
of an excellent Polish restaurant here in New Britain, CT
and the other is a photo that was taken back in 1948.
That photo shows my mother and a gentleman whom no one is
able to identify. I thought I’d pass it on to you
to see if anyone might recognize him. Not sure who
he is, but it is still a lead! Hope you are getting back
into the swing of things and are continuing to enjoy
yourself! Let me know if anyone springs for my test offer!
above... The mystery man. Does anyone recognize
to the right... Gene & Tish at Starpolska
thought that it's funny how everyone from the McCarty clan
heads out to Vegas in January as reported in last month's
Metro. I actually lived there with my adoption
mother when I was in junior high/high school. My
Uncle Tony Maranti (sp) was a builder out there and he and
his wife took my mother and me in when my parents were
“not agreeing” with each other. Those were good times.
The Rat Pack was big and the shows were great. I actually
got to sit next to Jack Benny at one of the dinner shows
that my uncle took us to. I was a junior Jerry McCarty
meeting lots of celebrities back then. We stayed with my
uncle and aunt on Washington Street, which I recall as
being just past the old Stardust Hotel. I haven’t been
back there since except for a flight change/layover on my
way to San Francisco. Not the same place that I remember.
You do know that Connecticut has the two largest casinos
in the world don’t you? We have Foxwoods and the Mohegan
Sun Casinos. Not as exciting as Vegas, unless you are a
serious gambler. I go there and lose $50.00 bucks every
now and again just for fun.
another note, I also wanted you to know that I am planning
a vacation to Michigan to visit my Uncle John, his
extended family and my new found half-sister mentioned
above. I will be in the Detroit area for the first two
weeks in September and I thought that I would offer the
McCarty family an opportunity to meet me in the flesh if
they so choose. I would be willing to meet at a local pub
(neutral ground) to introduce myself and learn a little
bit more about my other cousins. If anyone shows an
interest, I would be willing to pay for the first round of
libations at a watering hole close to everyone.