“LESSONS IN JEWISH DNA – ONE MAN’S SUCCESSES AND WHAT HE LEARNED ON THE JOURNEY”
The hottest topic in genealogy in recent years has been genetics and many thousands of genealogists have ordered DNA tests. Many of those haven’t a clue what to do with their results. The situation is more complicated among Jews, who have married “within the tribe” for hundreds of years, thus ensuring that everyone is related to everyone else, multiple times. Marrying within a closed community – “endogamy” – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community. This presentation – as in the speaker’s book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People – does not bring a “how to” approach, as every family is different. The speaker prefers a “how I did it” approach, demonstrating the successes he has had in his own families and the general lessons applicable to all genetic genealogy research. His goal is to inspire his listeners and readers to say “I can do this!”
Israel Pickholtz, a native of Pittsburgh, made aliyah in 1973 from Chicago and now lives in Jerusalem.
He has done serious family research for nearly twenty years. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project, a single-surname project to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants.
Alongside his work as a professional genealogist, taking clients in Israel and abroad, he became heavily involved in genetic genealogy in 2013. He manages test kits of over eighty family members, at last count. Last summer he published a book ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, available at http://www.endogamy-one-family.com.
He blogs at http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.com and receives mail at IsraelP@pikholz.org.
Sponsor: Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society