Program Calendar

Date Time Type of Meeting/Event
March 1, 2018 7:00 PM General Meeting:
Genetic Genealogy – One Man’s Journey using DNA to Find Family: Max Heffler

Are you curious about which DNA test to take? Have you taken a test and are not sure what to do with the information now? Or are you wondering how you’re going to fit all your new DNA cousins at your Thanksgiving dinner table?

Come hear noted genealogist Max Heffler guide us through the different types of tests and how they differ between companies and by cost. He will examine the issues of Ashkenazi endogamy and why it makes Jewish genealogy so confusing. And he will discuss how testing over time improves your research results. Beginners to seasoned genetic sleuths will benefit from Max’s research and insightful perspective.

Max Heffler hails from Houston Texas and has spent over 30 years pursuing his hobby and passion for genealogy. In 2002 he began pursuing genetic genealogy via DNA testing and started his commitment to volunteering within the genealogy community. In 2001 he joined GHJGS and took the Jewish Herald Voice Project from index cards to an Access database and then brought the project to Along with GHJGS, he volunteers with JewishGen doing data entry, web page creation, microfilm index coordination, Yizkor books, Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Index, and memorial plaque web page creation as well as managing Yizkor Book necrology indexing. 

June 7, 2018 7:00 PM General Meeting:
Beginning genealogical research: Lynna Kay Shuffield
September 6, 2018 7:00 PM General Meeting:
Using Family Search and JewishGen: Susan Kaufman and Max Heffler
December 6, 2018 7:00 PM General Meeting:
General Meetings and Board/Steering Meetings

Jewish Community Center Room 219
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096-3999
Phone: (713) 729-3200
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