About Us

Since 1987, JewishGen has facilitated the connection and re-connection of untold numbers of families. During those years, we have heard many heart-wrenching as well as heart-warming stories.

Through this website we document some of these stories. When we read these accounts, we share the pain, but above all we share the exuberance and excitement of success.

These success stories– some small, some momentous– tell of connections forged by ordinary people, people who have come together through the world of JewishGen– sharing, giving, and working together to make family connections happen.

So many stories, so many connections.

Savor the stories. We hope you’ll be inspired by them to begin or continue your own journey of connection, using the resources and community that JewishGen provides. And if you have a story of your own to share, please contact us so we can tell it here.

Photo provided by Robin Koerner of her Grandmother, Rochel (Rose) Maniches; Krynki, Poland; c. 1914. Click here to read her story.