It was a tough journey for actress Lisa Kudrow. On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Lisa returned to the place where members of her family – her great-grandmother included – had been murdered in the Holocaust. But she ends on a high note: a reconnection to an ancestor Lisa and her father had believed was long dead.
Here’s how and where Lisa’s difficult discoveries happened.
Throughout her journey, Lisa learns that records do exist for Jews in Eastern Europe and elsewhere and that the steps a person takes to research American Jewish genealogy starts with records created in America. It’s the clues in those records – the hometowns, the names, the immigration details – coupled with a knowledge of history that help Lisa find answers back in Belarus.
Key resources for searching Jewish family history are available at Ancestry.com – all are key to American genealogy and are the first stops in researching:
Also visit the Jewish Family History collection at Ancestry.com www.ancestry.com/jewishfamilyhistory.
After you’ve learned everything you can from the documents available to you locally, turn to European archives (the Miriam Weiner Eastern European Archival Database can help you determine what’s where). Then try Expert Connect to find an expert who can help you determine the best way to retrieve it.
If you missed Lisa Kudrow on Who Do You Think You Are? you can catch the episode online here. Or watch a preview of next week’s episode, when Matthew Broderick discovers his family’s involvement in America’s military history.
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