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  • 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...

  • My fifth-grade family tree project

    February 18, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    My son Joey’s fifth-grade class at Sinai Akiba Academy is participating in the worldwide “My Family Story” competition sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, on the campus of Tel Aviv University. The kids have to start by building a family tree, and then they...

  • ‘Finding Your Roots’ explores Jewish genealogy

    October 23, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Singer-songwriter Carole King’s Russian grandmother barely escaped a pogrom that killed 32 of her neighbors. 

    Playwright Tony Kushner lost many relatives in a 1941 massacre of Polish Jews. 

    Criminal defense attorney and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz’s grandfather...

  • Capturing Your Family’s History

    June 30, 2010 | 1:44 am

    “How absolutely terrifying.”

    “That’s wild.”

    “I have found what I was looking for.”

    Dialogue from yet another TV investigation series? Yes, but the speakers weren’t tracking down criminals; they are Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker and Emmitt Smith III, and...

  • VIDEO: Duke professor searches for ‘kohanim’ genetic marker

    July 21, 2008 | 6:15 pm

    Dr. David B. Goldstein from Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy talks about tracking the genetic history of the ancient Jewish priesthood (kohanim) and the Lost Tribe of Israel, the focus of his news book, “Jacob’s Legacy”.

  • Nation & World Briefs

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Mystic Was 104, 106 or 112

    To many Jews, he was the celebrity of the century, a mystic with mystique.

    No one knows exactly the age of Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri, who died of pneumonia late last month. The official statements of the Israeli religious party Shas, for which he served...

  • John Kerry’s Jewish Brother

    By Sharon Luckerman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Cameron Kerry fell in love with Oak Park, Mich., native Kathy Weinman, he chose to convert from Catholicism to Judaism.

    Little did he know that he already had a strong Jewish connection. His father's parents were Jewish -- a fact uncovered last year when the Boston Globe hired...

  • ‘Finding Ourselves’ Through Genealogy

    By Tom Tugend

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "In this fast-food, fast-fame world, we are like single blades of grass," says Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, author and historian. "But when we know our roots, we are like trees and we stand a little more erect."

    The pithy remark can serve as both introduction and summation of...

  • Web Helps Jews Trace Genes

    By Bill Gladstone

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Seven years ago, Montreal businessman Stan Diamond arranged to index the Jewish records of his ancestral town of Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland, because he wanted to trace the path of a rare genetic condition within his family tree.

    Diamond's goal was medical as well as genealogical,...

  • Honoring a Legacy

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They appear on a postcard with the romantic look of a turn-of-the-century Victorian family, although their names are anything but Victorian. Hyman, Manya, Slava, Nathan, Clara and Berra (later Ben) Chernoy all posed for the picture around 1905, looking young and fair and without any...

  • New Route for Roots

    By Michael J. Jordan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's virtually "genealogy for dummies."

    In a nation of immigrants where more than 35 percent of the population -- or 100 million Americans -- have at least one relative who passed through Ellis Island, officials at that historic entry point to New York have unveiled a new Web site...

  • Connecting the Dots

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A name and date in a yellowing ledger. An inscription on a crumbling tombstone. A birth certificate. A walk along a dusty street in an Eastern European village. A faded family photograph. Sometimes a newly discovered relative.

    These are rich prizes for tens of thousands of Jews...