Israel Pickholtz

Israel Pickholtz, a native Pittsburgher, has lived in Israel for forty-five years, currently in Jerusalem. He has done serious family research for over twenty years. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project, a single-surname project to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants. Alongside his work as a professional genealogist, taking clients in Israel and abroad, he became heavily involved in genetic genealogy in 2013 in order to tackle a specific family challenge. He manages test kits of over one hundred twenty family members. In 2015 he published is book on genetic genealogy "ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People," available at Since the publication of his book, he has spoken before over fifty genealogy groups and societies including the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conferences, the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference, RootsTech, the Guild of One-Name Studies (London,) the GRIP Wednesday evening program and the Yad Vashem/Central Zionist Archives "From Roots to Trees" series. He is a member of the Israel Genealogical Society, the Guild of One-Name Studies and assorted research groups. He is a two-time participant at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, blogs at and receives mail at

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