Miriam Weiner – Routes to Roots Foundation: New Surnames Databases, Maps, Town Images and More!
April 3, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
at Temple Emanuel
The Routes to Roots Foundation, established by Miriam Weiner more than 25 years ago, identified archival records from thousands of towns in Eastern Europe. Its archive database at www.rtrfoundation.org lets people search their ancestral towns and see which records are present in the archives. In this talk, Miriam introduces two new surname databases containing more than three million names; plus databases for maps and images, searchable by town name.
Miriam Weiner, the first Jewish genealogist to be board-certified, was also the first person to gain access to former Soviet archives and to inventory Jewish and civil records surviving the Holocaust. As a result, she was able to debunk the then-current notion that all Jewish documents in those countries had been destroyed. Since 2009, she has donated important materials to many organizations, including the Library of Congress. Miriam received multiple prestigious awards (at least 15) from national and international organizations for her research and books, including a 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).