Next meeting, Tuesday Feb 4th @ 7:30 pm at Temple Sholom

The SHEAR Family Tree - A nostalgic stroll through
South Africa's Eastern Cape
by Stan Shear

I will discuss the establishment of the little Synagogue in Uniondale by my late grandfather, after whom I was named, and the interesting facts that led to its declaration as a national monument.

It will be illustrated by old certificates from Lithuania as well as other photographs which I obtained on a visit to this unique little village with my son in 2003. I will be covering the events that happened there thanks to the the written memoirs of my late father, who was born there in 1899, and will tell the story of my late grandfather, who studied at the great Telšiai Yeshiva in Lithuania.

The photograph is of my dad's family, taken in about 1906.

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