What's New

Dan Ruby's article "Tracing Your Ashkenazi Roots" in the May/June 2019 edition of Family Tree Magazine describes research strategies for successful investigations in Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy. There is also a sidebar with map and timeline. 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's book review of Buried Rivers, by Ellen Korman Mains, will appear in the May 2019 edition of Midwest Book Reviews. The book is a spiritual odyssey and Holocaust detective story rolled into one. MBR 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.

Creative 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.