JewishGen Talks: Jewish Surnames and Patronymics: Tracing Your Ancestors Before They Had Surnames

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Wednesday May 18

3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

About the Talk

Anyone researching their Jewish ancestry prior to the 18th century encounters the challenge of identifying relatives with no family surnames. In this presentation, Dr. Thomas Fürth will demonstrate, using case studies, how these obstacles can be overcome.

About the Speaker


Dr. Thomas Fürth lives in Stockholm, Sweden and is the Associate Professor of History at Stockholm University. He serves as President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sweden (Judiska släktforskningsföreningen i Sverige) and the Genealogical Society of Sweden (Genealogiska föreningen) and is the Avotaynu Contributing Editor for Sweden.