Next Meeting: Wed 4 January 2023 @ 7:30pm

Here be Dragons!
by Mark Loudon

When you don't have information about family members, but you do have some DNA, you can get connections to parts of the family tree, but still not know where you came from. Some records (such as U.S. immigration records and a few others) capture place names — but a lot of places have multiple names — a lot of names refer to multiple places — and spellings are (figuratively and literally) all over the place! Working on parallel fronts can yield information that hopefully tips the balance from "here or here or here" to "very likely here" — a preponderance of evidence, if you like. Just as for sailors of old navigating by the limited charts of the day, nonchalantly marked, "Here be dragons," there are pitfalls and pratfalls when researching old place names and trying to locate them. We'll talk about some techniques that sometimes work, and things to think about on both sides of the equation.

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