JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Maryland August 16 program #general

Susan Steeble

Speaker: Israel Pickholtz
Title: "Jewish Genetic Genealogy - A Family Study"
Date and Time: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hadassah meeting room, 3723 Old Court Rd (Dumbarton Offices
entrance), Pikesville, MD (NOTE NEW LOCATION)

Please join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland on Sunday, August
16, to hear Israel Pickholtz speak on "Jewish Genetic Genealogy - A
Family Study," as discussed in his book One Family, One People.

European Jews have always married mainly within the tribe. Five
hundred years ago in Europe, whether our numbers were 400 or 400,000,
the genetic pool was limited. As a result, members of the tribe today
are all related to one another, multiple times. This phenomenon, known
as endogamy, makes Jewish genetic genealogy very difficult, and often
impossible. There is a similar phenomenon in some other population
groups. The speaker is convinced that this brick wall is not as
impenetrable as it seems, at least in some circumstances. Using his
own family as an example, he has been able to utilize DNA to clarify
multiple family relationships. He describes how he did this in the
hope that his experience will encourage and inspire other genealogists
who are researching their European Jewish families and other
endogamous populations to say, "I can do this!"

Israel Pickholtz was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and has been living in
Israel since 1973. His personal research includes coordination of a
large single-surname research endeavor, the Pikholz Project. Israel
has participated in grave photographing and translating projects,
searches for missing relatives and Holocaust-era insurance claims, as
well as traditional genealogical research. Recently, he has taken his
family research deep into the field of DNA. He has lectured at
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conferences
and has served on the Board of the Israel Genealogical Society, as
Secretary of Gesher Galicia, and as a Town Leader for Jewish Records
Indexing-Poland. He currently serves as Secretary of the Professional
Jewish Genealogists Group.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations
Baltimore, MD

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