Ancestral Visit to Rumbach, Germany

Michelle Frumin had long wanted to visit her ancestral villages in Germany, Alsace and England. So it was a very exciting day when we entered Rumbach, Germany on the morning of August 6. Waiting for us with open arms was Andrea Kindelberger, a local historian and genealogist who we soon found out was Michelle’s cousin, […]

Making A Connection with Ancestral Visit to Cleebourg, Alsace, France

Ken Frumin had a great idea for a surprise birthday present for his wife, Michelle. He bought her a trip to Germany and England to walk where her ancestors walked. The most incredible part is that Ken arranged the trip in February and held the secret for three months without spilling the beans, right up […]

Ancestral Discoveries in Waldgirmes and Breidenbach, Germany

Caroline Gries had waited a long time for her trip to ancestral Germany. During the actual trip, what she looked forward to most of all was her visit to Waldgirmes, where she and her brother had already established contact with a local authority who is very knowledgeable about Jewish ancestry there. We arrived at exactly […]

Wallerstein’s Jewish Past

The hamlet of Wallerstein near the larger town of Noerdlingen has an interesting past, having once had a very large castle and many Jewish inhabitants. In fact, the synagogue once stood on the main road passing through town, which was unusual as synagogues were usually tucked away in a distinctly Jewish neighborhood. Unfortunately, the 1970s […]

On the Ancestral Trail in Ansbach, Franconia, Germany

Two avid historians helped us with getting access to the Jewish sites in Ansbach, Germany. We met Alexander Biernoth and his friend Stefan Giestzinger on a frigid mid-April morning. Both were extremely well-prepared, opening the historic Jewish Synagogue for us at the start of our walking tour of the center of this historic small city. […]

Tracing Jewish Ancestors in Bechhofen, Bavaria

One of the more than dozen ancestral villages visited by lifelong genealogist Caroline Gries was tiny Bechhofen, located in Middle Franconia, Germany. We were lucky to have a local historian, Hans-Rainer Preiss, standing by to help us understand more about the Jewish history of this place. This included a visit to the location of the […]

Jewish Genealogy Trip Success Story in Niedernberg, Bavaria

Caroline Gries from Denver, Colorado has long wanted to visit her ancestral villages in Germany, where her Jewish forefathers lived before emigrating to the United States in the 1840s. That trip was made possible in April, 2017 by European Focus. Caroline visited more than a dozen villages connected with her extensive family tree. The first […]

European Focus Featured in the New York Times

Our client Carl Tiedt was interviewed for this story. Carl and his wife Barbara enjoyed a 10-day tour in Germany which also included ancestral villages in Northern Germany as well as the Mosel River Valley. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/your-money/a-personal-sort-of-time-travel-ancestry-tourism.html?_r=0