‘Labour of love’ is an understatement.’ — Canadian Jewish News
‘Probably the best I’ve ever seen.’ — Sallyann Sack, Editor of Avotaynu, international journal of Jewish genealogy
Twenty years in the making, Bill Gladstone’s 384-page lavishly illustrated history of two large Toronto Jewish families traces the journeys of many family members from Belarus to Canada or the United States, uses hundreds of naturalizations, passenger lists, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, etcetera, and offers a complete range of genealogical charts, fully indexed.
Thousands of people across Canada, the United States, Israel and many other countries are related to the Rubinoff and Naftolin families of Toronto, whose ancestors came from the Russian provinces of Minsk and Moghilev (now Belarus) in the early 20th century. One Hundred Years in Canada: the Rubinoff-Naftolin Family Tree traces the immigrants’ arduous journeys and celebrates their brave resolve to resettle and raise their children in their chosen land of freedom and opportunity.
The narrative was woven from some 200 interviews with family members. The volume contains more than 600 photographs, maps and illustrations, including many rare views from Russia of a century ago, and many from Toronto from the 1910s through the 1950s (and forward to the present).
Presented in five main chapters, the family saga is augmented with dozens of genealogical charts. A chapter is also devoted to the Agudas Hamishpocha, the family landsmanschaft-type society that was founded in 1928 (and marks its 85th anniversary in 2013). The book is complete with an introduction, appendices, notes and indices.
The book will be a treasure for anyone connected to the Rubinoff-Naftolin family tree and a source of fascination to anyone interested in Toronto history or the art and practice of Jewish genealogy.
Bill Gladstone is an author, publisher, genealogist and public speaker based in Toronto. He is a columnist for The Canadian Jewish News and an occasional contributor to the Globe and Mail and other publications. He has given many illustrated talks on Toronto Jewish history and numerous family tree workshops.
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