“Since I became interested in genealogy, I’ve identified 1,500 relatives I did not know I had, going back over 200 years,” says the Beachwood resident, who serves as the Jewish Genealogical Society of Cleveland’s first vice president. This past year alone, Spector found 100 more relatives who either perished in the Holocaust or are currently living in Israel."
The story touches on resources, online databases, DNA and much more.
The Cleveland group will meet on March 7 to hear about about a trip to Lithuania taken by member Aaron Fine and his wife. The Fines traveled with a local guide, visited lost communities and returned with many photos and stories which they will share.
And for those in Cleveland and environs who like to plan ahead, get out your calendars to mark the March 25 visit by Avotaynu editor Sallyann Amdur Sack who will present a program on "The Project to Reconstitute the Destroyed Communities of Eastern Europe." On June 6 will be a visit by internationally renowned genealogist and technology guru Stephen Morse of San Francisco, whose One-Step pages and other tools have helped thousands of researchers.
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