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JRI-Poland database is key resource for PBS's "Finding Your Roots” episode featuring
attorney Alan Dershowitz, singer Carole King and playwright Tony Kushner
The ancestral search in the November 4th episode of PBS’s documentary series “Finding Your Roots,” might not have happened if not for Jewish Records Indexing – Poland.
This episode features three notable Americans, renowned attorney Alan Dershowitz, Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter Carole King and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screen writer Tony Kushner. All three have deep roots in Poland.
The Dershowitz/King/Kushner story is part of the current 10-part series of Finding Your Roots with host Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. In it, Professor Gates continues the quest he began in African American Lives 1 and 2 and Faces of America delving into the genealogy and genetics of a group of famous Americans. The series combines history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today's America. Each hour features celebrity guests, who are bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, whether it be as old friends, through long-lost relatives, or even through a common ancestral past.
The episode’s researchers were able to tap into JRI-Poland’s online database as both the starting point and a major source for documenting the ancestry of all three of the featured personalities. Finding Your Roots director / producer, Josh Gleason commented:
"JRI-Poland was a tremendous resource as we worked to uncover the Eastern European ancestry of our Jewish guests. The site allowed us to trace Carole King's family tree all the way back to the 18th century. Typically this would require finding independent researchers to comb through local archives. By indexing and digitizing thousands of records JRI-Poland has made it possible for people in all parts of the world to readily uncover their ancestry."
JRI-Poland wins coveted 2014 IAJGS
"Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet"
On August 1, 2014, at the closing banquet of the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Jewish Records Indexing – Poland received the 2014 IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) "Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet".
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The Award-Winning Searchable Database of Indexes to Jewish Records of Poland
Launched in early 1995, JRI - Poland is the largest fully searchable database of indexes to Jewish vital records accessible online.
5 million records from more than 550 Polish towns are now indexed. More are being added every few months.