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Personalizing the Shoah: Finding your Broken Branches
Sunday, May 5
Personalizing the Shoah: Finding your Broken Branches  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Zoom meeting, free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
This presentation in honor of Yom HaShoah will show you how to find your family (victims, survivors and heroes) to personalize the Shoah, as it relates to you as a member of the Jewish Community. We will explore research tools available from Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yizkor Books, and others online.
I. Michael Snyder’s four grandparents immigrated to the U.S. between 1900 and 1917, and at first he believed his family was not victimized by the Holocaust. During the Holocaust genocide, 40% of all Jews worldwide perished. As Jews, we ALL experienced loss, whether it is known or not. With very little effort, he found 20 family members who perished and began honoring them over 10 years ago. Over the last few years he was inspired to dive a little deeper and organize his list, now grown to 210 people aged 1 to 90, into family groups. His goal is to create a memorial book to share with his family and community.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom at 1:30 PM Eastern Time, is free for members. This is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
 
Speaker: I. Michael Snyder is a member of JGSGW. He has been working on his family history for over 20 years beginning with resources inherited from other family members. When he got started he knew of 14 ancestors going back only four generations. Now he’s confirmed over 90 ancestors going back nine generations, with a tree numbering over 3,800 individuals. He got started in genealogy thanks to his wife, Phyllis English, who wanted to validate her ancestry through the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Michael and his wife foster beagles through B.R.E.W. and have had over 300 dogs come through their home. Yes, they have done DNA analysis on a number of their fosters.