08 March 2007

Researcher Fred Blum speaks in Philly

One of Jewish genealogy's intrepid researchers, Fred Blum, is spotlighted in Philadelphia's Jewish Exponent.

Blum "puts these sleuthing and research skills to good use as someone who helps the Red Cross reunite members of families separated during the Holocaust."

He began to use his talents for others after he saw an advertisement in 2005 in none other than the Jewish Exponent.

The Red Cross was looking for a relative of one Shlomo Adelman, a Romanian Jew who had come to Israel in 1940. Always at the ready, Blum decided to lend his skills to the effort.

So he waded through Census records, Social Security death indexes, city directories, passenger-arrival indexes and naturalization records. Within two weeks, he had found Adelman's long-lost cousin: Bessie Zauber from Ventnor, N.J.

Says Blum, who is co-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia: "with genealogy, you're never finished." Visit the site to learn about area resources and repositories.

Blum will speak on "Secrets of Finding People" at the JGSGP meeting on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

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