Gypsies play an important role in world history. Their bold, festive, emotional music inspired composers. Their world travels are the themes of many a romantic tale and for centuries, their colorful clothes have been a favorite of Bohemians.
Because the Gypsies wandered throughout the world, one could easily ask themselves if they have Gypsy ancestry. One strong theory is that Gypsies originated in Northern India and wound up in Persia. After leaving Persia, one group migrated into Northern Africa. From there, they could have gone to Spain and Portugal (Iberia).
Gypsies made their way from Europe to America. My old encyclopedia states that during the 1950’s, the largest Gypsy settlement in the United States was in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Those searching genealogy with family history from Braddock, could have a lot of fun with that tip. Please let us know what you discover.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X