Re: Publishing genealogies #general

Yisrael Asper

Historically short of family ties being forced to be recognized further by inlaws
through some intramarriage of children or grandchildren only when Jewish families
split into different Jewish ethnic groupings did they stop thinking in terms of
someone being a member of their family. Let's say a Lithuanian Jew settled amongst
Polish Jews and married into their community and all his children and
grandchildren and greatgrandchildren did likewise, the greatgrandchildren if all
these generations were raised only in Poland, were known as Polish. Who usually
goes beyond the generation level of parents and grandparents? They could even
think that they could not possibly have "Litvaks" as ancestors! The Holocaust and
the establishment of the State of Israel with the fleeing of Arabic Jews caused
the Jews to scatter about so that many Jews still can't point to their countries
if present residence as "the Old Country" consequently many family ties are
recognized further. Just as it took a bit of a while for Germanic Jews fleeing the
Crusades to view their new Eastern European countries as "their country" with
their identity being Eastern European Jewish so after the tumult of the twentieth
century is it the same. Their will come a time though when English speaking Jews
for instance will stop thinking of their ethnicity as >from the "Old Country" but
it will happen. When things are settled you can have even the farthest distant
relatives thinking of themselves as relatives. Think of a family for instance
living for generations in the same town with no outsiders either ethnically or
from even another town mixing in the family. What is there for them to make a
cutoff point? There is none then. Further no one would be afraid of some strange
outsider getting information on them. Their is no outsider.
Yisrael Asper
Pittsburgh PA

...There is therefore a question of when does a connection stop being family...
Nick Landau
London, UK

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