13-year-old locates relatives from Montefiore Census via MyHeritage

By DAVID DIMOLFETTA
July 25, 2019 10:57
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Gilad Japhet gives Jonathan Cohen some research tips at the MyHeritage office in Bnei Atarot

Gilad Japhet gives Jonathan Cohen some research tips at the MyHeritage office in Bnei Atarot.. (photo credit: MYHERITAGE)

Jonathan Cohen, a 13-year-old who spent his summer break researching his family history, met the founder and CEO of MyHeritage, Gilad Japhet, earlier this week. Cohen has been building a family tree dating to the 18th Century using Internet research and conversations with family members. 

“I always wanted to visit and see up close where things are made, I even dare to dream of working in the company when I grow up,” said Cohen, who built a family pedigree of over 200 people dating eight generations back. 
Part of Cohen’s research involved him visiting the largest genealogy company in the world, which happens to be based in Israel.

When Japhet heard of the young man’s efforts to build his family tree, Japhet gave him a private lesson in family tree building and research. He was able to help locate relatives of Cohen who appeared in the 1849 Montefiore Census, a census on Israeli Jews held by Jewish philanthropist Moshe Montefiore during the Ottoman Empire rule between 1517 and 1917.
 
Japhet also showed Cohen his own family tree and showed him tools for more precise family research.

“The visit went beyond my expectations,” Cohen said.


Next, Cohen will collect old photos from his family members, scan them and upload them to his family tree.


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