Her story is kind of "money maker" because sorry but there is absolutely no way to trace your roots that far if you are not member of well known Royal family or Dynasty. According to her story she is not
You can test your DNA which is fine but here also a problem... in my situation: I was born in Poland and Ashkenazi roots proves nothing, because 80% of European born people have parts of Ashkenazi DNA.
Tracing paper trail I found my relatives 5-6 generations back. I talked to genealogies, professors and they all agree that tracing 10 and more generations is pretty much impossible because people couldn't write and read, then problem with birth/death records that are in same cases only 300 to maximum 400 years old.
The only way to trace that far would be deep DNA testing of known relatives, and finding graves digging etc However let say you trace paper trail, to make it legit you MUST prove this is not only by saying that it is what it is but you need documentation and most likely DNA confirmation.
After my genealogy research I found that my family from fathers side was from Hungary, and thats where I found first Jewish roots. I had a chance to talk to some great genealogists who helped me to solve this and that and according to their information my family was part of the Satmar Chasidic dynasty and that's from my last name is from because they were Horse traders. Even in this situation there is no 100% paper prove, trail etc. this is only "genealogy fact" There was always "something in the air" in the family about Jewish relatives from hundreds years ago but nobody knew when and why they really converted
The most important counterargument that I have will be that Jewish last names are usually from 1700 - 1800 and really if you not from well known dynasty/family there is no way that someone "existed" on paper before 1700...
Great story but I'm very skeptic about it because I do genealogy research. I wish her all the best but it seems to me like a great story for a book... fiction section
I agree that "22 generations" seems completely implausible. From my own experience of newspaper and online articles about me or subjects that I was directly involved in, a lot of details are often wrong. There were a couple of cases in which I even supplied the captions for photos and text to use in the newspaper articles about service activities done by a Girl Scout troop that I led, but some journalist would edit the text so that it was slightly incorrect. So I suspect that rather than 22 generations, it is more likely to be 22 different ancestors or there are some tenuous links that would suggest a connection to someone that lived approximately 22 generations ago.
My own ancestry (unfortunately none of it Jewish to the best of my knowledge) has a story like that: My maternal grandmother passed down a family story about how her family came to be prominent. The story is about a farmer Chang in the Ming dynasty in China (1366-1644) who found an urn buried in his fields that contained silver and gold coins. He didn't tell anyone about the buried money until there was a drought and then he told the magistrate who used the money to buy food to save the village from starvation. There is actually much more to the story complete with dreams like the Joseph story in the Torah. In good Chinese fashion the sons of the farmer pass the Imperial Exams and become important scholars and judges! My grandmother knew actual names for these sons, so perhaps they are indeed historical figures. On the other hand, it could be that since her father's surname was Chang, they just liked to say that they were descended from those famous men. But then again, Chang is one of the most common family names in China. Anyway, I could claim that I am a 22nd generation descendent of farmer Chang.