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My Ancestry Results

I finally made the decision to have my DNA checked to follow where my Ancestors may have come from!

Getting ready to submit my DNA
Getting ready to submit my DNA

I have always been a bit curious…

But lately more so as I have been doing a lot on Ancestry and have quite a large tree so far… dating back to the 1850’s. It’s so interesting finding documents from those who have walked before us. I located census papers, marriage certificates, ship records, plus many more.

I was a bit surprised about my results…

I received my results several weeks ago! I was surprised that it didn’t take as long as stated!

I did expect a higher percentage to come from Russia and Ukraine area beings I found proof that some great great greats were born there.  This DNA test goes back way father than I have searched.

My Awesome Results
My Awesome Results
This wasn't surprising
This wasn’t surprising

I was expecting to see these results!  There are so many Hofer’s in Switzerland that I often get… ‘You are a Hofer? And from America?’ No wonder I love this area so much!!  Our German in the family is such a mix of all these places! I am extremely blessed that I have had the opportunity to live in this area where my ancestors once were.

Now this next one was a bit shocking!

Didn't expect this
Didn’t expect this

I really never thought this was a possibility!! My dad does love watching British soap operas!! Not sure why cause they really have a dry humor and my dad is pretty funny! Does any of that make much sense… maybe not to everyone…

I have also been told I have a little Italian in me!
I have also been told I have a little Italian in me!

If you have ever read about Jacob Hutter… Then you know he was in Italy and actually the Italians tarred and feathered him to keep the religion he was preaching out.  Jacob Hutter may not be related to me but if my ancestors were following him as they were trying to find a home stead… I believe!!  I do love pasta and Gelato!!

I never really though about Greece… But I do like feta cheese!! :}

Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe… Thought the percentage would be higher


Like previously mentioned…I think. I expected the Eastern European percentage to be higher.

I’ll add the last ones, they are quite low but still part of the percentages.



I just thought this would be interesting to share!  I have always loved History and now specifically mine!

If anyone is interested in viewing the Hofer/Tschetter, Wollman/Gross/Kleinsasser tree… Let me know and I can send you an invite. I tried to add a link but Ancestry doesn’t work that way.  I currently have  71 people, 0 photos, 0 stories and 52 historical records.

Also by submitting my DNA I now have 121 pages of possible relatives listed! With the potential of being related extremely high!


Our Family Tree Hofer/Tschetter

Our Family Tree   Hofer /Tschetter

I have no idea how to even begin this and so I thought by starting out with a bit of information on Great Grandparents. Now I don’t have much and I welcome anyone who reads this to share any information they have.

My Great Grandparents

Now I know my Great Grandparents were Jacob Hofer (1895-1950) and Sarah Stahl (1895-1983) I was lucky enough to have met my Great Grandma Stahl and have some memories of her.  They married in January 22,1916 and had 7 children.  One of which was my Grandpa David Hofer.  I actually found their marriage certificate. I also found information that Jacob’s mother was born in Russia, according to the 1935 South Dakota Census.  I am not 100% sure but the documents match their information I have on them.

Possible Marriage Certificate of my Great GrandParents
Possible Marriage Certificate of my Great GrandParents
My Grandparents

David Hofer (1921-2003) and Justina (Asnath) Tschetter (1920-2012)were married November 19, 1941. They were married in South Dakota but originally there nationality was Canadian as stated on the marriage certificate I located.  Together they raised 14 children. 10 girls and 4 boys!

Marriage Certificate of my Grandparents
Marriage Certificate of my Grandparents

Our Family Tree

Amos ~Dorothy

 Cynthia-  Justin,Carolyn,Tamara, Matthew,Marissa,Doreen  



 Justine- Amanda, Shane, Marlys, Cheryl

 Chris- Amber, Christopher, Sheldon, Caelan,Meagan,Zane

 Delores-Jeriah, Joanna, Jewel         19

The Next Generation

Christopher- Christian


David ~ Mathilda

 Debbie- Christoper, Jacob

 Diane- Justin, Kayla                          4

The Next Generation

Christopher- Carter

Justin- Giovanny, Andres, Eloise

Kayla- Gabriel


Jake ~ Marian

 Jake- Elizabeth, Shannon, Mariah, Sheliyah

 Leona- Michael,Esther, Rachel,




 Elaine- Makayla

 Jeff- Ryan,Madison,Emily                        13
RIP Uncle Jake

The Next Generation

Elizabeth, Leo




 Martin- Philip,Arianna,Nicholas

 Jeff- Rosaline,Eden,Tamara

 Curtis- Kendra,Kingston,Kaelyn,Khloe,Kassidy         11   

RIP Uncle Jonty




 Tammy- Our Little Angel… January 24, 1979- September 8, 1982


 Brenda- Liesl,Miles,Sonya,Wila

 Lynda- Molly,Zoe,Levi,Scarlett

 Tim- Karsten,Felicity,Davin                             11



 Jeremy- Jadon,Kyla,Theo

 David- Logan

 Joshua-                                              5


Dave~ Lydia









Brenda-Isaiah,Jacob,Maria,Manoah,Breanna,Sophia, Ayden

Robert-Jonita,Marleah,Jeffery,Micah,Tirzah,Kari,Megan     34

The Next Generation

Aimee  Logan, Gavin, Zoey, Carson


Samuel~ Alma

 Theodore- Kayleah,Katrina,Joshua,Joseph,Mia,Melanie


 Arthur- R.I.P. March 12,1975- April 1,2008 Christy, Sean, Emily 

 Sandra- Alexander, Samantha, Anthony,Jessi,Tristan,Emily


 Samuel- Samson,Johann,David,Taman,Emma,Grace

 Joanna- Dominic,Damian,Arthur                  29

Paul~ Adina

 Alma- Lydon,Heidi,Christopher

 Daryl- Boaz,Jubilee,Zion 


 Marion- Tyler,Brandon,Brooklyn

 Stephanie- Benjamin,Micah,Timothy,Aaron

 Pauline- Elaine,Isaiah,Mariah,Nicholas,Jaxon

 David- Rachel,Heidi,Joseph

 Sarah- Liam                                         21

R.I.P Paul Sept 7,1951-Aug 31,2015

The Next Generation

Heidi,  Kanon



 Thomas- Jennifer,Rhoda

 Ronald- Josiah, Samson,Corey

 Rhonda- Phoebe, Bethany, Hannah,Travis,Tyler

 Leah- Daniel,Maria,Jesse

 Karina- Grace, Jaclyn, Jacobi, Natalia,Johanna                        18



 Robert- Hannah, Heidi, Heinji, Tyler, Krystal,Nevaeh

 Glenda- Mattheus,Christina, Jacob, Ezra, Hadassa ,Gabriel, Emily,Philip

 Lesa- Timothy, David, Malachi, Elizabeth ,Lori,Jeremiah

 Carol- Seth, Carrie, Lydia, Christopher,Kaylee

 Christopher- Ethan, Isabelle,Grace,

 Samuel- William                                      30



 Sheila- Devan,Blake,Cody

 Scott- Brayden

Levi ~ Sharon 



 Brenda-                                        5

 R.I.P Levi… May 1,1959-March 2,2010






 Matt-                                                                            1


69 Grandchildren (Including deceased)


201 Great Grandchildren as  August 2018 


12 Great Great Grandchildren as of September 2018


 Completed by Diane Hofer-Montano