Rediscovering My Lost Self Through DNA Matched Relatives

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Ian McCallum presents a compelling narrative on how he became a genealogist 8 years ago driven by an unrelenting curiosity about his paternal grandfather, an undocumented orphan, who had a perfectly serviceable "borrowed" last name.  

How then could he confirm his grandfather's birth identity and parents?

Ripping away his sense of self he undertook a journey to find out who he is.  Making use of ever increasingly available genetic information, he taught himself how to triangulate ancestors using a formula that included documents, combined with DNA, as well as the services of numerous companies and Not-For-Profit organizations. 

JGS members and guests will learn exactly how Ian McCallum was able to break down his seemingly insurmountable brickwall on Sunday Oct. 30th at Temple Sinai Congregation at 10:30 a.m. for our monthly meeting that will include a light brunch.  Doors open at 10:00 a.m.  Temple Sinai is located at 210 Wilson Ave., Toronto.

Kaifeng Jews Under Government Pressure

About 1000 people claim Jewish ancestry in Kaifeng China.  The Chinese government believe that those that are active in religious and cultural affairs are a threat.  Judaism is not none of the five state-licensed religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism and Taoism.  Jews are allowed to worship at home as long as they are in small groups.  All signs of Jewish historical presence have been erased such as the inscribed stone marking the site of the old synagogue.  Read more about Chinese Jews under pressure:

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

I would like to bring to your attention a key resource made available by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives for genealogists, personal historians, and scholarly researchers alike.

The JDC Names Index is a database where you can search for names of relatives, friends, ancestors; anyone worldwide who has received JDC aid, financial or otherwise. Currently indexed material includes lists of people helped from 1914 to 1973. While this is a substantial sampling of names on lists in our records, it is by no means our entire collection. In the future, additional lists will be included.

The JDC Archives documents the relief, rescue and rehabilitation activities of the JDC from its founding in 1914 to the present. Its holdings include over 3 miles of text documents; over 100,000 photographs; a research library of 6,000 books; and approximately 1,500 audiovisual materials, including 200 oral histories.

Joanna Sliwa
Archives Project Specialist
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
JDC Archives