Next meeting, Tuesday Mar 3rd @ 7:30 pm at Temple Sholom

Finding My Roots in the Kingdom of Hanover
by Norman Streat

This presentation will describe some of the results of Norman Streat’s 35 years of researching his family history. His parents were German Jews who fled the Nazis in 1939. In this talk he will focus on his maternal ancestors whose roots can be traced back approximately 300 years in the small towns and villages of Northern Germany, in the region between the cities of Hanover and Bremen.

The photograph is from the year 1911. It shows Norman’s grandfather Leo Goldschmidt outside his store in the small town of Stolzenau, together with Norman’s grandmother and their five children.

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