Jewish Genetic Genealogy: A Study in Endogamy

January 27, 2016 0

Need help understanding and interpreting your DNA test results? DNA results are especially complicated for Jews, who have largely “married within the tribe” for hundreds of years—a practice known as endogamy. This phenomenon, with variations, occurs in other populations including early American colonial. In this presentation, Israel Pickholtz will tackle this challenge head on. Since every family is different, rather than taking a “how-to” approach, he will demonstrate how he dealt with endogamy in his family and identify general lessons that apply to all DNA research. His goal is to inspire listeners and readers to say, “I can do this!” Following the talk, copies of his book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, will be available for purchase and signing.

About the speaker: Israel Pickholtz is a native of Pittsburgh who has been living in Israel since 1973. He has been working on his families’ genealogies since 1994 and has been accepting clients since 2008. His flagship work is the single-surname Pikholz Project which aims to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants. Pickholtz is a member of the Israel Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Guild of One-Name Studies. He has lectured at IAJGS conferences and has written for the APG Quarterly, the IGS quarterly Sharsheret Hadorot, Avotaynu, The Galitzianer, and other genealogy publications. His book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, was published in July 2015 and is available at He blogs at and can be reached at

Event Location: American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives
at New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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