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January 24, 2019

Forgotten Galicia

This is an interesting blog hosted by someone who was born in Chicago but decided to returned to her ancestral homeland in Lviv Ukraine. Main categories: – Physical traces of the past found in the urban landscape, architecture, infrastructure – Intangible traces of the past found in the cultural realm–language, […]
January 24, 2019

Jewish Refugees Going to Latin American Countries

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives has is an excellent repository of information on Jewish refugees who fled to different parts of Latin America: Dominican Republic, Cuba, Bolivia, Perun Ecuador and Uruguay, and more in more recent times. To access their photo gallery on Latin America go to: […]
January 8, 2019

International Tracing Service – Files Discovered

The International Tracing Service (ITS) uncovered a card index of photographs of survivors from the former Dachau concentration camp of about 2,000 photographs dating from the first year following the war. The card file had gone unnoticed for decades. It was created for those Nazi victims who needed certificates of […]
December 11, 2018

JGS Toronto Partners With The Song Shul

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto partners with The Song Shul for Family History Shabbat on Saturday, February 16th, 2019.  Come and experience the link between music and genealogy. Musically inspirational Shabbat service, featuring Cantor Simon Spiro and the Toronto Festival Singers. At Bialik Hebrew Day School, 2760 Bathurst Street, […]
December 9, 2018

Detroit Free Press – Access to Digital Archives

  The new home for the Detroit Jewish News Digital Archive is the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. This is a free searchable database containing over 100 years of digital copies of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News. The Detroit Jewish News covers 1942 to the […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 22, 2018

Kazerne Dossin

In 2012, Jan Meisels Allen of the Ventura Conjego Valley JGS had the opportunity to meet the then director of the Kazerne Dossin  Memorial Museum and Documentation Centre on the Holocaust and Human Rights, Mechlen, Belgium, when I stopped in unexpectedly on a trip to Belgium.  The then director, Ward […]
October 18, 2018

Historical Shanghai Jewish Era (World War 2)Newspapers are Online

Ancestor Hunt has published World War ll era Shanghai newspapers online.  Shanghai became a haven for fleeing Jews during World War ll because of their lenient visa requirements and they accepted thousands of Jewish refugees. While the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum built a database that contained the name, occupation and […]
October 17, 2018

JRI Poland Founder and DNA Discovery

JRI-Poland founder Stanley Diamond makes an incredible discovery while assisting a user (who was rescued as a baby during the Holocaust) thanks to DNA.  Read about it in the Canadian Jewish News