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Proceedings of the Symposium
Genealogy and the Sciences

Decenber 17-18 2018
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

The “Genealogy and the Sciences” international conference, which took place December 17–18, 2018, in Rehovot, Israel, was a milestone for the field of genealogy. For the first time lecturers from around the world, all respected scholars in their own fields, from a wide range of disciplines, gathered in a respected academic setting to exchange their thoughts and views about genealogy, a field usually considered as a simple hobby like stamp collecting. Well, stamp collecting it was not, quite far from it. 

There were representatives from the hard (“exact”) sciences sitting side-by-side with scholars from the social sciences, the arts and the humanities. What a mixed audience it was; mathematicians, biologists, engineers, physicists, chemists, forensic experts and medical doctors on the one hand, anthropologists, geography experts and historians, psychologists, archeologists and onomastics experts on the other. 

The book presents the individual lectures given at the symposium,

8.5 x 11" 142 pp. softcover $19.00 


Chairman’s Report: Weizmann Institute Conference On Genealogy and the Sciences 1

Jewish Genome in View of Jewish History 3

Use of Onomastic, Linguistic, and Genealogical Data to Unravel Jewish History 14

Diversity Amongst Thy Creatures: In our Hearts We Were Giants 25

Hebraization of Names in Modern Israel; The Echo of Millennia 49

Genealogy and Learning Among Teenagers 62

Walking Among Colors in Polish Cemeteries 72

Location, Location, Location: How Historical Maps Can Help When
Web Search Technologies Fall Short 83

Mathematics of the Jewish Calendar 95

What Psychology can Contribute to Genealogy and
What Genealogy can Contribute to Psychology 120

Epitaphs from the 16th and 17th Centuries in the Ancient Jewish Cemetery of Zefat:
An Archaeological Site with a Genealogical Contribution? 123

Genetics and History: The Case of the Jews 127

Biographies of Contributors 135

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