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Historian will share how to research Jewish ancestry

Southern Oregon Historical Society librarian and volunteer Ann Baracker will share how to research Jewish ancestry Feb. 17.
Online talk planned for Thursday

Southern Oregon Historical Society librarian and volunteer Ann Baracker will show a variety of Jewish genealogy research resources and how to use them.

Her online talk is from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 17 via Zoom.

Baracker’s husband’s immediate family members are Ashkenazi Jews who were lucky enough to have immigrated from Germany — most of them before the Nazi persecution and genocide of Jewish people started in earnest.

Curiosity about her husband’s family prompted Baracker to search for basic genealogical information, then dig deeper into their story.

The term Ashkenazi refers to Jewish settlers who established communities in Germany and France during the Middle Ages. Due to persecution, many shifted farther east to places such as Poland and Russia, although populations remained in most of Europe.

The Nazis killed millions of Jewish people during the Holocaust of World War II, but survivors and their descendants spread around the world, creating rich histories.

The presentation costs $10 for Rogue Valley Genealogical Society members and $20 for nonmembers. To register in advance, visit rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=10. You will receive an email the day before the class with the Zoom invitation.