PBS's Finding Your Roots November 4 Program JRI-PL Major Player

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

I previously posted about PBS’s 10-part series, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This is a reminder about the upcoming November 4 program “Our People, Our Traditions," which had ancestral research input by Jewish Records Indexing-Poland (JRI-PL).

The three personalities where the 5-million Polish Jewish records database was a key resource are: attorney Alan Dershowitz,  Grammy Award winning singer Carole King and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screen writer and playwright Tony Kushner.  All three have deep roots in Poland.

JRI-Poland’s online database was involved in both the starting point and in documenting the ancestry of all three peoples’ stories.

Check your local listing for your local PBS station.  The program  usually shows at 8PM Eastern and 7PM Central.

To read more about JRI-Poland’s role in these three stories see:  http://www.jri-poland.org/

The Jewish Journal ran an article on this episode exploring Jewish genealogy.  The article may be read at:  http://tinyurl.com/qar5mhf

The article also mentions Professor Gates saying a good starting point for Jewish genealogy research is JRI-PL.
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Thank you to Rand Fishbein for sharing the JJ article with us.

To read more about the profiles of the three episodes personalities go to:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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