JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Program Sunday, April 26, 2015: "Finding Frida: My Mother's First Cousin, a Holocaust Survivor" #general


Program: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Program starts 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road,

Ken Bravo, vice president of the International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies, will speak on “Finding Frida: My Mother’s First
Cousin, a Holocaust Survivor” at the 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015,
meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting in Temple
Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook.
The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy library
materials, get help with genealogy websites, or ask genealogical
questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information,
visit or phone 312-666-0100.
Bravo will explain how he discovered his mother’s 90+ year old first
cousin and her family. He will discuss his research methodology and tell
the story of how he learned about a previously unknown relative.
“Not only did I not know that she survived the Holocaust, neither I nor
anyone in the family, including my mother or her siblings (all now
deceased), knew about the existence of her mother, my grandfather’s
sister,” Bravo said.
The discovery came after a new search at Yad Vashem, even though many
previous searches had yielded zero results. >from there it moved to
searches in St. Petersburg and the United States. Part of it culminated
in a mini family reunion last June and more is yet to come in Israel
next summer, he said.
In addition to being a member of the board of directors of IAJGS, Bravo
is a past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland. He is
also a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society and the East Cuyahoga
Genealogical Society. He is a member of the Association of Professional
Genealogists and has his own business, The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish
Genealogy, to assist others in finding their family histories.
He served as a co-chair of the 2014 IAJGS International Jewish Genealogy
Conference in Salt Lake City. He has been searching his own roots since
the mid-1970s and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of genealogy
At the end of 2012, Ken Bravo retired as a partner in the
Cleveland-based law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP after a 45-year legal
career, which included 12 years with the U.S. Department of Justice
prosecuting major fraud and organized crime cases. After he left the
government in 1979, his career in private practice focused on business
litigation, securities arbitration and the defense of white-collar
criminal matters.

Submitted by Sandra Schon Kiferbaum, JGSI Publicity Vice President

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