Susan Weinberg  
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About Me

I began my journey with research into my own family
and was quickly captivated.  Family history research appeals to a unique
personality type.  It requires patience, tenacity and a broad interest in language, history and culture.

With a multifaceted background, I have a unique set of skills for genealogy.  Having made my career in finance, I am very comfortable using spreadsheets and technical skills to analyze relationships and solve puzzles.  As an artist I reflect my findings through paintings and collages.  Those skills have evolved into workshops and lectures on subjects as seemingly disparate as using spreadsheets to analyze your family history and using collage to tell your family story.  I have created and maintain websites (Kehilalinks) for Jewishgen in ancestral towns in Belarus and in Poland.  My blog, Layers of the Onion, focuses on family history research, travel and artwork.   Through my research Iíve located living family around the world as well as tracing ancestors back through many generations and languages.

Over time Iíve expanded my research to assist others in their efforts.  Located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, I can easily assist anyone with family from this region, but also have a particular familiarity with the resources around Jewish heritage in the Upper Midwest, New York and Eastern Europe. 

My research has taken me to
Germany to research the Holocaust records of the International Tracing Service, to the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Lithuania where I studied Yiddish, and to the shtetls and towns in Belarus, the Ukraine and Poland where family came from.  Iíve done research in Polish and Russian, making use of the archives in Lithuania and Poland.

Determining how I can best assist you begins with a discussion of what you are seeking and what you know or can glean from living relatives.  To the extent that you prefer to do some more labor-intensive research yourself, I can act in a coaching capacity. 

This website is designed to help you in your search however you decide to pursue it. On the Articles tab you will find articles from my blog that deal with family history research.  You will also find a wide-ranging list of books on Jewish family history topics that may inform your search.




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