Jennifer L. Shoer
- Business Name
- Reconnecting Relatives®, LLC
- Non-Research Specialties
- Lecturer/Presenter - Virtual
- Research Specialties
- DNA Specialist
- Emigration & Immigration
- German American
- Research Countries
- Research Time Periods
- 19th Century
- 20th Century
- 21st Century
Helping individuals and families reconnect with their roots, find their lost relatives, and tell their stories.
I created Reconnecting Relatives®, LLC, to help clients trace their Jewish and Eastern European families back to their old countries. Genetic (DNA) and forensic genealogical research experience enable me to find relatives thought lost in the Holocaust, identify their relationships with the client, and trace connections to common ancestors and places.
My family's immigration stories are rooted in the Jewish shtetls of the Russian Empire, the Irish Presbyterians in Antrim, Northern Ireland, the Catholics in multiple counties in Ireland, and the Evangelical Lutheran Germans in Russian Poland. All immigrant stories matter. Our ancestors bravely or desperately left or were forced from their homes and created new lives in new countries. Contact me to help to share your family's immigration story.
My personal story began in an American military hospital in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where I was born. I spent my first years in nearby Butzbach. My Roma German nanny, a victim of forced sterilization as a young girl in Nazi Germany, taught me German, likely leading to my life-long love of languages. I have studied German, French, Latin, Japanese, Hebrew, and Russian.
Through my active membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists, I have an extensive network of colleagues throughout the genealogy industry with whom I collaborate to best tell your family's story.
- Bachelor of Arts, Russian (University of New Hampshire)
- Vital Record Translation: French, German, Russian Transliteration: Hebrew & Yiddish
- Latest and Greatest in DNA Tools
From the Shtetl to the 21st Century
Telling Your Family's Immigration Story
The Jewish Name Game: Using First Name Variants to Find the Records
Forget the Name - Find the Place; Locating Your Ancestor's Place of Origin
Re-Start Your Genealogy
Free Online Tools and Resources
- "Two Gold Rings: The Story of Jack Shirman and His Ancestry," Jenifer Kahn Bakkala, Jennifer Shoer, June 18, 2022.
"Ephemeral Heritage," Jennifer Shoer, Going In-Depth Magazine: 2015.
- Certificate in Genealogical Research (Boston University) 2009
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020; Virtual 2021
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh 2019, Virtual 2020, 2021
Excelsior College - Advanced Genealogical Research 2018
Forensic Genealogy Institute 2014
- APG - Association of Professional Genealogists
NEAPG - New England Chapter of APG
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
National Genealogical Society
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