The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society (NEIJGS) will be hosting its 5th annual open house, “Meet Your Mishpocha,” on Sunday, September 10th from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Rifkin Campus, 5200 Old Mill Road, in Fort Wayne.
This year’s presentation “Surprise! I’m Jewish!,” will feature Greg Shoup who will tell the story of his newfound Jewish roots – how he learned of his heritage through DNA testing. Working with genealogist, Marlise Gross, Greg has been able to trace his connection to the Kisselhoff family and their journey from Russia to the United Kingdom and America. His presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Greg is the Emmy-nominated First News and Noon meteorologist at WANE 15 who has been forecasting weather for 30 years in Fort Wayne. As a result, Greg is Fort Wayne’s most experienced certified meteorologist and is considered the ‘dean’ of Fort Wayne meteorologists.
On-site features include the following family history resources:
• advice on digitizing photographs and documents with opportunities for scanning and receiving the scans on a thumb drive
• expert assistance with beginning one’s family history, forging ahead with one’s current research, and using DNA to help explore one’s biological background
• Steve Carr, the director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Purdue Fort Wayne, will be present to introduce new Holocaust resources available through the USC Shoah Foundation and the Yale Fortunoff Video Archive.
• the NEIJGS Fort Wayne Jewish Families Database; over 7,000 people with Jewish roots in northeast Indiana
• representatives from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and the Oral History Video Project
• information regarding the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy which will take place in Fort Wayne in August 2025
The NEIJGS will offer a free DNA kit as a door prize to one attendee at the conclusion of the program.
If one is unable to attend Greg Shoup’s presentation, registration is required to view his interesting story; the link can be found on our website at https://neindianajgs.org/upcoming-events/.
Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation and the Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation for their contribution to our local community. Additional thanks to the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center for their continued support of NEIJGS programming.
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for an afternoon of Jewish genealogy!
Additional information about the NEIJGS can be found on our website at www.NEIndianaJGS.org, or our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/NEIndianaJGS/.
Contact Pamela Friedman for further information at vp@NEIndianaJGS.org