Trip Reports

Several JGSO members seeking their roots returned to the countries of their ancestors.   These are their trip reports.  If you would like to share your in-country research, please email
Romania. Iasi Linda Hugle has been a member of JGSO for seven years. In 1996, Linda and her daughter traveled to Iasi, Romania where her Grandmother, Lilyan Steinfeld Sarnatzky came from, and to Skidel,Poland/Belarus/Russia, the birthplace of her Grandfather, Nathan Sarnatsky.   see Romania Map

Iasi Synagogue
Belarus: Chern'any, Divin, and Minsk   Sandra Shapiro traveled to Belarus with her cousins, the Goldberg family from Cleveland, who are actively involved with the Joint Distribution Committee. This organization provides social services for Jews in Europe. The group of twenty family members visited many JDC and Jewish Agency projects, as well as visiting their ancestral shtetls.

Farmhouse in Divin

Spain: part 1: Robert I. Behar traveled to Behar, Spain and researched the roots of his surname. part 2: Report on the World Summit of Behars held in Spain, 2004.  Note: Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

Hungary: Sue Axel's family research in Northeast Hungary.

Ukraine: Ron Doctor Ukraine Journal