About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his BS in Chemistry and Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MPH and Doctorate of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Paull’s career as an environmental toxicologist and scientific expert in the field of occupational and environmental health spans over thirty years (1976–2008).

Since that time, Dr. Paull has devoted himself to his passion for genealogical research and writing. His first book, entitled: A Noble Heritage: The History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America, traces his family’s ancestry over a millennium of history, and discovers their lost rabbinical heritage dating back to Rashi (1040–1105). His book was recently featured on the PBS website, “Finding your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Dr. Paull is very active in the field of genetic genealogy, and has published numerous pioneering autosomal and Y-DNA studies in which he has identified the unique Y-DNA genetic signature of some of Eastern Europe’s most renowned tzaddiks, rabbinical lineages, and dynasties. In addition to his focus on historic rabbinical lines, Dr. Paull has expanded his genetic genealogical research to include America’s Founding Fathers, such as John Hart, the 13th signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Paull’s many genealogy-related book chapters, research articles, and publications have surpassed 24,000+ views, placing him in the top one percent of all researchers on Academia.edu. Dr. Paull is a highly sought-after speaker, and he has presented talks on his pioneering genealogical research studies to many genealogical societies, and international genealogy conferences across the world.

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his BS in Chemistry and Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MPH and Doctorate of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Paull’s career as an environmental toxicologist and scientific expert in the field of occupational and environmental health spans over thirty years (1976–2008).

Since that time, Dr. Paull has devoted himself to his passion for genealogical research and writing. His first book, entitled: A Noble Heritage: The History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America, traces his family’s ancestry over a millennium of history, and discovers their lost rabbinical heritage dating back to Rashi (1040–1105). His book was recently featured on the PBS website, “Finding your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Dr. Paull is very active in the field of genetic genealogy, and has published numerous pioneering autosomal and Y-DNA studies in which he has identified the unique Y-DNA genetic signature of some of Eastern Europe’s most renowned tzaddiks, rabbinical lineages, and dynasties. In addition to his focus on historic rabbinical lines, Dr. Paull has expanded his genetic genealogical research to include America’s Founding Fathers, such as John Hart, the 13th signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Paull’s many genealogy-related book chapters, research articles, and publications have surpassed 23,000 views, placing him in the top one percent of all researchers on Academia.edu. Dr. Paull is a highly sought-after speaker, and he has presented talks on his pioneering genealogical research studies to many genealogical societies, and international genealogy conferences across the world.

 

A Noble Heritage

This superbly researched family history takes the reader on a fascinating journey of discovery, as Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull captures the experience of a family of ancient and noble Jewish descent, over a millennium of European, Russian, and American history. Dr. Paull crafts an enthralling narrative, as he skillfully re-creates the astonishing story of how the Polonsky family’s lost heritage, which traces back to the illustrious rabbi and biblical commentator Rashi (1040–1105) of medieval France, was rediscovered.

A Noble Heritage is not merely the retelling of Dr. Paull’s personal family history, but a fascinating historical account of the Jewish people, their centuries-long struggles to survive, and the Jewish immigrant experience in America.  With a keen sense of historical insight, and a deep admiration of those who came before, Dr. Paull traces his ancestors’ millennial journey across Europe, culminating with their immigration to America from Czarist Russia. He brings to light his ancestors’ courage and fierce determination, their love for their new country, their remarkable achievements, and their assimilation into American culture and society.  Family biographies are woven into a story of six generations of the Polonsky family in America.

Dr. Paull’s exhaustive and meticulous genealogical and historical research was driven by his search for spiritual meaning, Jewish identity, and ancestral connection.  His research and the resulting book forge ties to an entire contemporary extended Jewish family, and provides both current and future generations an educational path to a deeper understanding and appreciation of their illustrious Jewish heritage.

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Paull Family, c. 1950

Paull Family at Fred Abrams' Bar Mitzvah, B'nai Israel,1954

Paull Family, at Rachel Friedman's wedding. 1961

Rachel Friedman, c. 1956

Phil, Pearl, Susan & Beth Paull, c. 1954

Susan Paull, c. 1951

Phil Paull, c. 1929

Paull Family at Fred Abrams' Bar Mitzvah, B'nai Israel, Pittsburgh,1954

Paull Family at Fred Abrams' Bar Mitzvah, 1954

Melvin Paull, c. 1939

Mel, Betty, Isadore & Mary Paull, c, 1953

Mel, Betty & Jeffrey Paull, 1957

Mel Paull & Betty Cohen, c. 1948

Mel & Betty Paull, c. 1950s

Louis Isadore & Mary Paull, Atlantic City, c. 1937

Lenore Paull, c. 1949

Lenore & Harold Berman, 1949

Jeff Paull with Fred & Rich Abrams, 1953

Herby & Mel Paull, c. 1924

Herbert & Mildred Paull, 1949

Harold Paull, Ella Abrams & Bobbie Paull, Kennywood Park, c. 1950s

Harold & Laura (Bobbie) Paull, c. 1959

Gene, Harold, Barbara & Bobbie Paull, 1954

Ella, Lenore & Bertha Paull at Lenore's wedding, 1949

Ella Abrams, 1930

Ella & Louis Abrams, 1956

Bertha, Rachel & Linda Friedman, c. 1944

Bertha Paull, c. 1925

Bertha & Phil Paull, c. 1910

Bertha & Jake Friedman, 1943