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  • Poem: Ancestry

    February 11, 2016 | 9:02 am

    How can I tell you
            that my ancestors are soap,
            that I’m descended from soap,

    and every morning in the shower
            they melt in my hands
            and run from my body,

    and that as hard as I’ve tried
            there’s nothing to hold onto,

  • How to get started on your family tree

    February 18, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Building your family tree has never been easier. Here are some quick steps to help you get started.

    1. Choose a platform. You can scribble your tree down on paper the old-fashioned way, or you can save yourself some headaches and use genealogy software that’s been developed over...

  • Jefferson was Jewish? Who knew?

    By Lloyd Garver

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Feb. 28, The New York Times reported that Thomas Jefferson possibly had some Jewish ancestors.

    Geneticists reporting in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology concluded that this Founding Father may have had a Sephardic Jew on one of the limbs of his family tree in the...

  • What’s Portuguese for Cohen?

    By Marcus Moraes

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A major new tool can help Brazilians learn about their possible Iberian Jewish origins: the "Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames," a 528-page tome featuring some 17,000 surnames of Sephardic Jewish families from Portugal, Spain and Italy and their descendants.

    Written in Portuguese and...