Jewish Genealogy for Non-Jews: History, Migration and DNA

February 27th, 2018 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

LECTURE TITLE: Jewish Genealogy for Non-Jews: History, Migration and DNA


TIME & DATE: Friday, 04 May 2018, 9:30 a.m.

SPONSOR:    MyHeritage

Many people today have discovered they have Jewish ancestry, either as a result of traditional genealogical research or via the results of a DNA test. This program will provide some basics to help you understand what this all means.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti will cover Jewish history in a nutshell, as well as customs and traditions that may provide you with more clues. This session is for the researcher who has discovered this ancestry and does not understand what it means, what to do about it, or who just wants to know more.  Schelly will also cover the Hispanic connection to Sephardic Jews caught up in the Inquisition.

Assimilation and why, secrecy, and “sunshine at last” will be discussed. Learn the basics of what this means, how to recognize the clues you might come across, the resources available, and how to learn even more.

Schelly will be happy to speak individually to attendees during the NGS Conference. She will be based at the MyHeritage booth, so please find her there. She will also be speaking on Tracing the Tribe with DNA (Friday, 4 May, 9:30am), and The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Sephardic Research (Saturday, 5 May, 4pm).

ABOUT: Genealogist/journalist Schelly Talalay Dardashti is MyHeritage’s U.S. Genealogy Advisor. She has tracked her Jewish (Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi) families for 30 years, and created “Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook,” with 20,000+ global members.