Dan Ruby's article "Beyond the Pale" in the May/June edition of Family Tree Magazine describes research strategies for successful investigations in Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy. FT readers who enjoyed the article and wish to learn more, or who seek assistance with their own family search, may contact Dan (aka machinist) using the contact form in the menu. 

Dan was also published in the May edition of Midwest Book News, where he contributed a review of Buried Rivers by Ellen Korman Mains, a spiritual odyssey and Holocaust detective story rolled into one. MBN readers interested in Jewish genealogy and the Holocaust are also invited to browse the blog and site features. 


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.

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.