Jul 7, 2015

Not all your relatives are worth knowing

For instance, my friend's cousin is a Nazi.


Doug Pearson, formerly Aaron Pearlston, has struggled with autism all his life.   He is also the son of Jewish parents and the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.

The Holocaust claimed the lives of his great-grandparents. Only two sons survived, one of them his kindly Polish-born Toronto grandfather, Howard Chandler, who came to Canada in 1947.

Now in his 80s, Chandler has long been active in Holocaust education. He has spoken at Toronto-area schools and taken part in the March of the Living, an annual walk through the Auschwitz and Birkenau sites with youths from around the world.

Chandler said he had not spoken to his grandson for some time but recalled them arguing over the Holocaust after Pearson claimed it never happened. Chandler pointed out that his parents and siblings had died in the Holocaust. Pearson responded that they might be in Argentina. “How can you argue with that?”

Well, he's still better than this guy:

Adam Yahiya Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, was born Adam Pearlman in Oregon in 1978. His father had a Jewish father but converted to Christianity. He himself converted from Christianity to Islam as a teenager in 1995. He joined al-Qaeda as a translator and media adviser and appeared in several of the terror group’s videos since 2004.

The Americans killed him with a drone. (It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy).

Here's his full story.
1. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pearlman-40891-county-orange.html
2. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/gadahn-40964-pearlman-county.html
3. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/gadahn-41084-olson-adam.html

Jul 2, 2015

Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter - Exhibit

A Journey Through The Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter: From Antiquity to 1914

Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Ave
July 8-19, 2015.

Launch and Reception: Wednesday, July 8
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The evening will include remarks, live music and a kosher sampling of Ukrainian and Jewish cuisine and drink.

See: http://www.ukrainianjewishencounter.org/en/upcoming-events/details/57-qa-journey-through-the-ukrainian-jewish-encounter-from-antiquity-to-1914q

Jul 1, 2015

Ancestry.com Free for July 4

In celebration of July 4th, Ancestry.com is offering free access to their records collection from the original 13 colonies (US) through July 5, 11:59 PM EDT.

This includes over 160 million birth, marriage, death, and divorce records—plus their just-released Virginia collection.

To access this free offer go to: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/julyfourth2015.

For those who may not remember all of the original 13 Colonies they are: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

You will be required to register with name, email address and password.  No credit card information is required.

Be aware that on some searches you may get an index only if that is the only documentation Ancestry has such as  the NYC birth, marriage and death indices.

After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry paid membership.

For a list of the databases in this Original 13 Colonies Collection see:


Whether your search results in the actual document or an index on the left side of the screen a pop-screen comes up “sign up to save this record” which takes you to a subscription page.

This is not the free access window so unless you want a paid subscription try another search, or save or print the document to your computer found in your search.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Jun 29, 2015

Streaming Jerusalem Conference Online

Registration for IAJGS On-Demand 2015 is now open.

The 35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held in Jerusalem, July 6 – 10 2015

Over 50 of the best programs will be streamed to you ON-DEMAND for viewing over the Internet within a few hours of presentation.

This service is being presented in co-operation with FamilySearch.

Click anywhere on the On-Demand Banner at www.iajgs2015.org to learn more and register.

Jun 28, 2015

Ancestry.ca Free For Canada Day

In honor of Canada day, Ancestry.ca is offering free access through July 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
Eastern time.

Go to http://www.ancestry.ca/canadaday to access over 40 million Canadian records--Immigration Records, Vital Records, Census Records and Military Records.

You can put a name in a search box, and when the record links appear you will be prompted to create a user name and password.

There is no request for credit card information.

However,  if you click on the  orange start a free trial that does require credit card information and is NOT the free access for Canada Day.

After July 1, 2015, you will only be able to view these records using an Ancestry.ca paid membership.

May 21, 2015

What happened when an anti-Semite found he was Jewish?

An update on Csanad Czegedi - http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32549099

Toronto Doors Open Building Tours

Toronto Doors Open lets you go into interesting buildings.

Some buildings that might be of interest:

Orde St. Public School (my mother went to Ogden but some people's family may have gone there)

St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (the original Holy Blossom)

City of Toronto Archives

I don't think any synagogues are listed.

via Carolyn Vedder