Adam Cherson will be speaking about three of his projects: Cultural Genography, Rabbinical Lineages Index, Levi-Cohen Tribal Tree. The topics all involve Y-DNA analysis, but it’s tailored to be of interest to DNA novices as well. I believe it will be a bit of a promotion for fee-for-service offerings, but the subjects are incredibly interesting.
Many thanks to Josh and to Bill Elkus for making this possible.
April 26 – This is a Tuesday! Rabbi Samuel Spector of Congregation Kol Ami has agreed to meet with us there (2425 East Heritage Way, Salt Lake City) for a combination in-person (masked and vaccinated) and Zoom meeting. He will talk about the history of Kol Ami, the state of the Utah Jewish Community, and the significance of family history/traditions in Judaism.
I received this inquiry and hope some of you can assist:
“I’m a utah resident, looking for lost relatives between the years 1914-1924 who arrived at Alice Island from Russia, Byelarus, lived for a period of time in Rochester NY, then disappeared. One male adult, four young teenage kids ( three boys and a girl). MyHeritage, JewishGen, local data in Russia- none are helpful. Your advise please?
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“What Can We Learn about Our Ancestors from Jewish Surnames Adopted in the Russian Empire?” will be the topic of a presentation by scholar and author Alexander Beider for the Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, virtual meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at 2 p.m. CST. Register/RSVP at https://jgsi.org/event-4545169.
Newspapers.com, a member of the Ancestry family of databases, is offering free access to their collection of over 720 million plus pages of publisher extra papers through 21 February 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Registration with name, email and password are required. Newspapers are a way to find birth, marriage, death notices and more about those you are researching. After the promotion access will only be through a paid subscription. Accessing the database after the promotion time period will result in a request for a paid subscription.
Put the name you are searching in the “search keywords, names dates box” and click on search. The results will return those articles with the name/phrase you entered. Click on the photo of the article and it will open. You can clip or save to your computer by clicking on the icon on the upper right clip or print and save. It will appear in yellow highlights. There is also a magnifying glass to help you find the name on the page.
My March schedule has become full already! So I suggest that instead of our regular meeting, we learn from and enjoy the presentations at RootsTech 2022. Over 1,500 sessions will available when it is live on 3-5 March and they will continue to be available online for the next year. That will enable us to see so many different presentations as well as repeating those of greatest interest.
The conference is virtual, just requiring a FREE registration at https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/next/.
Our next meeting will be on 25 April at 7. We’ll send an announcement once we schedule a speaker. Please suggest speakers!
Join us on February 21 at 7 pm (Mountain Standard Time), Rabbi Barbara Aiello will present “Heritage Hiding in Plain Sight“. This will be a live presentation, despite the time difference from her home in Calabria. A Question and Answer session will follow her presentation.
She will talk about the Jewish traditions carried in many families, even those who do not have a memory of Jewish Heritage. For some of these families, the necessity to hide their heritage due to the reprisals of the Inquisition was so life-altering that the secret was lost in later generations. Some of these families are only now discovering this heritage through DNA testing.
Rabbi Barbara Aiello was appointed Italy’s first woman rabbi in 2004 and continues to serve as Italy’s only modern, liberal rabbi who lives and works in Italy. She continues to serve Jews throughout Europe as a spokesperson for Pluralistic Judaism – a movement that deliberately blurs denominational lines and extends the hand of Jewish welcome to Jews of all backgrounds.
Rabbi Barbara Aiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She holds an MS from The George Washington University in Washington DC and received “smeicha” (rabbinic ordination) from The Rabbinical Seminary International and the Rabbinical Academy in New York City.