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Jewish Genealogical News

November 8, 2018

The Biology of Aging

Calico Life Sciences, is a research and development company whose mission is to understand the biology of aging. They are part of Alphabet Inc. family of companies and the parent of Google. Calico teamed up with scientists from Ancestry and used publicly available pedigree data from Ancestry  to estimate the […]
November 8, 2018

My Heritage – Free Access to Military Records

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War l, MyHeritage is offering free access to its 47 million worldwide military records. The records are free from November 8-12 11:59PM EST.   Go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-3000/military   On the right hand side of the page that opens from the […]
November 8, 2018

War Records – Free Weekend

Findmypast a British and Irish history website will be making their entire collection of world military records free for three days in honor of the 100-year anniversary of end of World War l. The free access period is November 9 (12 noon GMT) -12 (12 noon GMT). To convert GMT […]
October 28, 2018

Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community and HIAS

Lara Diamond is a highly respected researcher who has contributed a great deal to Jewish genealogy.  Her blog contribution re her  family’s connection to Pittsburgh is well worth a read.  It gives insight into the importance of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) that the white supremacist attacker was so obsessed […]

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