Please join JGSMD on August 16, 2015 at 1:30PM to hear Israel Pickholtz of
Jerusalem speak about “Jewish Genetic Genealogy—A Family Study,” as
discussed in his book “One Family, One People.”
The meeting will be held at Hadassah, 3723 Old Court Rd., Suite 205
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
The speaker 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!"
See our past programs here.
Do you have a genealogy brick wall that you'd like help breaking down? Click here to find out how to have our membership help.
JGS Maryland has many volunteer opportunities available! If you're interested
in getting involved behind the scenes, please be sure to let us know!
Please visit our programs
page for details on our 2013-2014
JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
Some of the attendees: