Henry Wellisch of Toronto will speak on "The Austro-Hungarian Empire; Conventional and Non-Conventional Resources," at 7pm Monday, October 15. The meeting is hosted by the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society at the Forbes Library in Northampton and co-sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Born in Vienna, Wellisch escaped in 1940, and spent the war years in a British internment camp on Mauritius. He's been investigating his family for 23 years, focusing his research on the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and tracing the family into the 18th century.
Wellish has authored numerous articles, including the "Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy" chapter on Austria; he speaks to genealogical groups and at international IAJGS conferences; and was president (1993-1998) of the JGS of Canada.
The WMJGS has a Jewish genealogical resource collection at the Forbes Library, and includes a large variety of books and on-line access to such databases as JewishGen, AncestryPlus and HeritageQuest.
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