The Boston Globe has an article by Matt Gunderson, Website aids Jews’ search for ancestors, about, well, those doing genealogy researching concerning Jewish ancestors. It mentions how the internet is impacting many genealogy societies, while some, because of their unique nature, are doing okay.
With the Internet making it easier for individuals to explore their family history, some genealogy societies are withering away. Not so with the Jewish society, says Judy Izenberg of Framingham, one of its acting copresidents.
The society, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year, has seen its membership remain stable at 400.
Izenberg, 65, says Jews rely more on a genealogy community because they face hurdles others don’t. Persecution dispersed their ancestors throughout the world. In addition to language barriers, researchers are challenged by a lack of marriage, birth, and death records — many of which were lost in the Holocaust.
More information can be found about the website mentioned at JewishGen.org.