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My Heritage: A Closer Look

My Heritage, along with Ancestry, Geni and FamilySearch among others, is a site where you can build your family tree online and take advantage of digital technology to grow it.

But how does My Heritage support Jewish genealogical research in particular?

My Heritage has many benefits to offer the Jewish Genealogist. As an Israeli company, My Heritage have developed key relationships with organisations such as The Jewish Chronical, JewishGen and Yad Vashem to facilitate access to important record collections. They also have a critical mass of Jewish subscribers and DNA donors, which may increase the chances of you finding matching data. In this video presentation Dani Haski will take you on a tour of My Heritage to uncover the useful tools to help you advance your research.

If you have a question about My Heritage you would like covered in the presentation please write it in the comments section below. Comments will close on April 30. The presentation is planned for mid to late May. Members will be informed when the presentation is available.


First and foremost AJGS would like to wish all our members well and hope you are all looking after yourselves at this stressful time. We urge all our members to follow the advice of government health agencies in order to reduce the potential risk of exposure to the COVID19 virus.

Accordingly AJGS has regrettably made the decision to suspend all workshops, both at Lindfield and Waverley, until the danger passes. Also cancelled is the Launch event for ASPJ NSW, that we promoted last week, which was set to happen next Monday.

Most of our members are in the high risk age group and so it is imperative that we all do our part to protect you and other vulnerable groups.

We are working on strategies to keep people connected through technology and continue to encourage you to seek help with problems in your research. You can email Robyn Dryen, and she will find the appropriate person to help with your enquiry.

Another strategy we are considering is webcasts or videos of workshop seminars like the ones we do at Waverley. If there is a subject you would like us to explore please email your suggestions.

This is a great time to do some research or perhaps write up some of your ancestors’ wonderful stories. Other members of your family may also now have the time to hear those stories.

To all our members, If you do need anything and do not have family or friends in proximity, please reach out and we will do our best to help.

Thank you and take care
The AJGS committee.