JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Genetic Genealogy with Israel Pickholtz in Los Angeles - JGSLA Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 #general

Pamela Weisberger

Curious about Jewish genetic genealogy and how to interpret your DNA test results?

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles at our next program:
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 7:30PM

American Jewish University Sperber Library 15600 Mulholland Dr. Los Angeles 90077
"Jewish Genetic Genealogy A Family Study" with Israel Pickholtz

Israel Pickholtz of Jerusalem will speak about his new book "Endogamy: One Family,
One People."European Jews have always married mainly within the tribe. Whether our
numbers five hundred years ago in Europe were four hundred or four hundred
thousand, the pool was limited. As a result, the members of the tribe today are all
related to one another, multiple times. This phenomenon, known as endogamy, makes
Jewish genetic genealogy very difficult, often impossible. There is a similar
phenomenon in some other population groups. The speaker was convinced that this
brick wall is not as impenetrable as it seems, at least in some circumstances. Mr
Pickholtz used his own family as an example, and was able to utilize DNA to clarify
multiple family relationships. He steps through how he did this in hopes that it
will encourage and inspire other researchers of their European Jewish families and
other endogamous populations to say "I can do this!"

Israel Pickholtz was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in Israel since 1973. His
personal research includes single-surname research in Galicia (formerly Austria,
now Ukraine) as well as his families >from Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Hungary and
later in the US, UK and Israel. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project which
serves to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants.

There will be a book sale and signing after the program.

JGSLA members free. Guests $5.00. The JGSLA traveling library will be
open at 7PM. No reservations necessary.

Read more about the book here:

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA

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