Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group meeting - speaker/author Israel Pickholtz #general

Emily Garber

The Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group's next meeting:

When: Wednesday, 26 August 2015 at 7 P.M.
Speaker: Israel Pickholtz
Topic: Jewish Genetic Genealogy Study in Endogamy
Location: Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street,
Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Admission: Open to all. Members of the Arizona Jewish Historical
Society get in for free. Nonmembers will pay $5.00.

European Jews have mainly married within their group. The pool of mates was
limited. As a result, Jewish people today are all related to one another,
multiple times. This phenomenon, known as endogamy, makes Jewish genetic genealogy
very difficult, often impossible. Members of endogamous groups, such as Jewish
people, who have tested their autosomal DNA find they match (are related) to a much
larger number of people than those who are not associated with endogamous groups.
In conducting his genealogy research, Pickholtz was convinced that this
brick wall was not as impenetrable as it seemed, at least in some circumstances.

Using his own family as an example, Pickholtz was able to utilize DNA to clarify
multiple family relationships. In his talk he will step through his research
and analysis process in hopes that it will encourage and inspire European Jewish
family researchers and those studying other endogamous populations to say,
"I can do this!"

Israel Pickholtz is a Pittsburgh native who has lived in Israel since 1973. He
began working seriously on his family's genealogy in 1994 after many years
of talking about it. His flagship work is the "Pikholz Project," a one-name study
project that aims to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants.

Israel's new book, Endogamy: One Family, One People, will be published in August
(and will be available for purchase). It describes his research, techniques
of analysis and findings. He has been blogging since 2012 on matters genealogical
at All My Foreparents,

Israel's involvement with genetic genealogy began in 2012. He attended
the inaugural Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical
Research Institute of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the International
Society of Genetic Genealogy, the Guild of One-Name Studies, the
Israel Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional
Genealogists. His paternal haplogroup is R-M269 and his maternal
haplogroup is U1b1.

For further information about our next meeting or the Phoenix Jewish
Genealogy Group, see

Emily Garber
Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group
Phoenix, AZ

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