24 January 2008

Florida: Austro-Hungarian resources, Jan. 30

If you have Austro-Hungarian ancestors, there are many resources to help you. To learn what's available, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County will host Henry Wellisch of Toronto, at 7pm, Wednesday, January 30, at Plantation's Soref JCC.

Born in Vienna in 1922, Wellish and his parents boarded an illegal transport to Palestine in 1940 that was intercepted by the British. Its passengers were deported to and detained in Mauritius for the war's duration. In 1944, he volunteered for the Jewish Brigade, serving in Western Europe and he served with the Israeli army during the 1948 War of Independence after the refugees were allowed to enter Palestine.

A civil engineer, he has lived in Canada since 1951 and He began to research his ancestry some 18 years ago, tracing his family to the mid-18th century and
establishing contact with long-lost relatives in many countries.

He's been a member of the JGS of Canada since 1989, edited its newsletter and served as president 1993-1998. He lectures to various groups as well as to the annual IAJGS conferences., has published numerous articles and contributed to websites.

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