Do You have Questions About DNA in Genealogy?

Southern California Genealogy Society is offering a session on dna on August 31…

Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 843-7247

DNA Interest Group Meeting: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the S.C.G.S. Library
Sat., August 31, 2013 – X Marks the Spot – Finding DNA Treasure on the X Chromosome

Presenter: Kathy Johnston

• 10:00-10:15 Announcements.
• 10:15-12:00 X Chromosome Matching and Genealogy Success Stories- Learn how to locate cousins through X chromosomal matching segments.Find out how
to fill in an X chromosome pedigree chart. Steps will be providedfor downloading X chromosome raw data.
• 12:00-1:00 Lunch
• 1:00-2:00 Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after lunch for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

For additional information contact either
Bonny Cook at (310) 375-8983 or
Kathy Johnston at (310) 213-1207.

Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects. The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:
To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713.868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online at

Disclaimer: Family Tree DNA is not responsible for the safety and security of files downloaded from third-party sites. If at any time you want to stop receiving e-mails from your DNA Project Administrator, please go to the “Setup Preferences” section of your personal page and change the corresponding setting.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 | 0 Comments | DNA research |

Irma Lee of CA – Looking for Living Relatives

I am looking to find any living relatives related to Irma Lee or her daughter Erika. Irma was born on 5 Aug 1909 most probably in Bratislava, Slovakia/Hungary and died in CA on 15 Dec 2011.

Irma was married to David Spitzer, probably the father of Erika, but divorced him and took the surname Lee. I don’t know if there was a second husband or not.

Irma’s parents were Joseph Federweiss and Regina Spitzer who died at Auchswitz.

Any help would be most appreciated. I can be contacted at

Pamela Byers

This post was submitted by Pamela Byers.

Friday, March 15th, 2013 | 0 Comments | Looking for persons, Queries |

Looking for family of Samuel and Fanny Schwartz of Los Angeles

(The following post was submitted via e-mail by Dale Prince.)

Do you recognize this family?

Samuel and Fanny Schwartz settled in Los Angeles with six children after 1925. Their children:

  • Pauline, b. ca. 1908 in Iowa;
  • Alice, b. ca. 1910 in Colorado;
  • Ida, b. ca. 1913 in Colorado;
  • Charlie, b. August 8, 1913 in Colorado, d. January 15, 1984, in Los Angeles;
  • Irving, b. ca. 1917 in Colorado; and
  • Millie, b. ca. 1925 in Colorado.

Samuel Schwartz was born about 1885 in Austria, his wife was born Fanny Edelstein about 1882 in Sadagora, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. Fanny Schwartz died May 26, 1946, after being struck by a car in Los Angeles. At the time she lived at 917 Mott St., E. Los Angeles.

If you have information about this family, I would be very grateful if you would contact me. Thank you.

Dale Prince — daleprince(at)

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 | 0 Comments | Looking for persons, Queries |

160,000 claims submitted to Project Heart by survivors of the Holocaust and their heirs

Searchable, user-friendly database is the largest single-source of Holocaust era property records

Project HEART currently seeks direct contact with all eligible persons, Jewish Holocaust victims and their heirs worldwide who lost Jewish property assets from the Holocaust era. Contact Project HEART immediately to learn if you are eligible for restitution.

Your family’s property may include, but is not limited to:

  • Real Estate
  • Art Judaica
  • Livestock
  • Professional Tools
  • Precious Stones
  • Precious Metals
  • Jewelry
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Insurance Policies
  • Savings Accounts
  • And more…

A Commitment to the Jewish People…

JERUSALEM — Project HEART announced today that the number of claims received for restitution of Jewish owned property that was confiscated, looted, or forcibly sold during the Holocaust era has surpassed 160,000.

Deputy Minister of Senior Citizens Dr. Leah Nass, “The issue of identifying Jewish property is still a central challenge even 70 years after World War II. In order to promote this issue we need to put international pressure and do all that we can to obtain justice for the survivors, the Holocaust victims and their families.”

“Many Jewish Holocaust survivors had property confiscated, looted, or forcibly sold by the Nazis or their collaborators during the Holocaust era, and most have received no compensation for their lost assets,” stated Project HEART’s Executive Director, Bobby Brown. “Project HEART was created by the Government of Israel and is administrated by the Ministry of Senior Citizens and the Jewish Agency for Israel to act as an emissary on behalf of this precious group and their heirs,” added Brown.

…And a New Call for Justice

In December 2011, due to the overwhelming response of Holocaust survivors and their heirs, the Government of Israel made the decision to extend the deadline for submitting Questionnaires to Project HEART. The deadline extension has allowed additional individuals to submit the basic necessary information needed in the struggle for restitution or compensation. Eventually, this information will be made available to Yad-Vashem so that the history, heritage, and sacrifice of all these families will never be forgotten.

Why Project HEART is So Important

Launched in late February 2011, Project HEART seeks to identify Jewish Holocaust victims and their heirs worldwide whose families owned real estate, movable property, immovable property, or intangible personal property that was confiscated, looted, or forcibly sold in countries governed or occupied by the Nazi forces or Axis powers during the Holocaust era. The Project has opened a number of initiatives to bring this issue to countries, companies, and the media to convince those who have not yet decided to do justice that the time has come for them to begin confronting this “last open issue of the Holocaust.”

“The large number of claims received and processed is not only an indication of the many Jewish owned properties that were looted or stolen during the Holocaust era, but is also a reminder of the significance of Project HEART to all those who have not been given the chance to receive compensation in the past,” stated U.S. Project Director, Anya Verkhovskaya. “We are continuing to encourage all those who may be eligible to submit the Questionnaire required for participation in Project HEART. With each person that comes forward to claim restitution for what is rightfully theirs, our collective voice grows louder and stronger in advocating on their behalf,” added Verkhovskaya.

The only limitation for application is if restitution or compensation has already been made to a victim (or the victim’s heirs) for a given asset after the Holocaust era.


Project HEART is asking for assistance in reaching out to those who suffered or are still suffering as a result of the crimes committed against them and their families. A simple eligibility process has been established. To participate, individuals only need to fill out the Questionnaire that may be found on the website

“It is not necessary to have evidence of property ownership to be eligible. If individuals believe they owned or were beneficiaries of such property, they should fill out the Questionnaire.”

Anya Verkhovskaya
Administrative Project Director














































Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 | 0 Comments | Announcements, Holocaust Research |

Viennese Jewish Architect Leopold Fischer

I am trying to find any information whatsoever about the Viennese Jewish Architect Leopold Fischer who was resident in Los Angeles from about 1936 through to his death in 1975. He worked in Hollywood as an architect and designed numerous unidentified homes for Jewish clients from 1940-1960 and then he moved to Seal Beach where he continued to design until his death in 1975.

I am trying to make contact with any of his relatives/his next of kin – how can I do this?
I would like to find his grave but do not know how?
I would like to find anyone who knew him, heard of him, had a house designed by him – so that I can dignify him with a historical write up about his creative achievements in America. I have some basic information on his pre-USA history but it is his American history I wish to write about. Can anyone help me?

Your help with this would be greatly appreciated.
Genevieve Wenborn
Jewish Architectural Historian, Sydney, Australia

Saturday, August 4th, 2012 | 0 Comments | Looking for persons, Queries, Research |

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