A collection of interrelated stories forms a familysphere of genealogy lore and historical fact. The machinist's Jewish-American family history is explored in the demonstration. Most of the stories involve a surprise or mystery.

Situate family stories in historical place and time using maps, timelines, and other visualization tools to discover unexpected connections. In the demo, delve into a database of events and journal citations to learn the scientific and personal context for a 1952 nuclear physics experiment that went wrong.


Historical investigations

Substantiate family lore and solve family mysteries. If you are stuck on something, try our investigative approach.

• Creative discovery - Genealogy is akin to archeology in reimagining the past based on the few clues left behind. Apply rigorous critical thinking to gain deeper understanding.
• Contextual analysis - Understand your place in history by mapping the coordinates of family history—people, places, and dates—to visual data formats.

Editorial services

Many people are natural storytellers, but need help in translating that family legend to paper or screen. 

• Story coaching - How to script your best family stories for posterity.
• Editing - Sharpen your genealogy presentation from concept to copy.
• Writing - Outsource your genealogy writing projects to a professional wordsmith.
• Tributes - Honor the crossword fan in your family with a custom Word Portrait™.

Places In Time

From the Golden Age of German Jewry to the devastation of the Holocaust to a modern-day renaissance, explore the historic and contemporary sites of Jewish culture in Berlin. Wikipedia fact boxes and descriptions are provided for most locations.

Lisbon in 1940 was Europe's one escape hatch, officially neutral in the war but a center of spying and diplomacy by all world powers. Tens of thousands of refugees, Jewish and not, filled the city's cafes and hotels, all seeking passage to the U.S. or South America.