Genealogy Articles

The Lure of Family History and Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

Every night after their “day jobs,” millions of men and women in the United States and other countries, sneak away from their spouses and turn on the computer, eagerly writing long, passionate letters, sending and receiving photos, and sharing juicy morsels. Wait a minute though. It’s not what you think. They are engaged in the SECOND- most frequent use of the Internet(...)

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What’s special about Palestinian Genealogy?

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 02.03.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

Family historians around the world utilize a similar set of strategies in their research. They record what they know, collect documents and artifacts from their homes, search for diaries and letters, seek records and fellow researchers on the Internet, organize their findings with software, and attempt to understand the times and places in which their ancestors lived t(...)

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Of Olive Trees and Family Trees

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

This article first appeared in the November 2005 issue of This Week in Palestine.

A casual tourist passing the sign for the Badd Jaqaman Museum on Bethlehem's narrow Najajra Street may vaguely wonder what evil deeds were done by an Italian outlaw in America's Wild West to merit a museum named after him-- and why it is found in Bethlehem, of all places. If he is (...)

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Exploring Your Personal and Cultural Identity through Family History and Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

This article first appeared on AEI's Family History and Genealogy Page

Recognizing that the study of Family History and Genealogy has the power not only to enrich lives at the individual and community level but also to serve the interests of the Palestinian people, Arabic Educational Institute-Open Windows in Bethlehem (AEI) recently offered a 15-hour workshop i(...)

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Paradox, Perversity and Promise: A Journey into Palestinian Genealogy

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 25.02.2006:

submitted by Arab Educational Institute 31.01.2006

By Leyla Zuaiter

First published in This Week in Palestine, January 2006.

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If I initially demurred when approached by Toine Van Teeffelen to give a workshop on Family History and Genealogy to the women’s group of the Arab Educational Institute (AEI) in Bethlehem, it's (1) not that I wasn't in(...)

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