Virtual Meeting: May 5th, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Our first online meeting!

“The Sharper" by Mark Loudon

When researching his Jewish heritage, Mark Loudon repeatedly hit a brick-wall when it came to finding out solid information about his great-grandfather Samuel Bernstein from the East End of London. DNA matches suggested an identification, but misstatements as to his age, two marriage certificates, and other conflicting information caused great confusion until a careful review of street addresses provided the necessary information – namely that Sam had an extensive criminal record and a fair amount of press from all over England. Perhaps it’s fitting that all this detective work actually led to a criminal.

There had indeed been family memories of Sam having been “one of the Sharpers” whatever that meant, and this session will be a review of how Sam was “found” and the insight into his activities and personality revealed by the newspapers and criminal records.

This meeting is open only to members and invited guests.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia (JGSBC), a non-profit organization, brings together people who are interested in pursuing their Jewish ancestry or family history. Together with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC we try to restore the history and family links that time has erased.

While there are many resources available on the internet, their use does require some skill and training. Many traps await the unwary: name changes, spelling errors, the same name for two different people, the many vagaries of census takers, clerks and other takers of record. The difficult task of digitizing the records has led to other errors creeping in. We will help you to avoid those pitfalls and develop an accurate and descriptive family tree. If you are interested in joining us, you can pay for a yearly membership here. Any questions? – send us an email.

This site also has links to resources (including Jewish newspaper archives) that we have found useful in our research.

JGSBC is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies