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    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 Jewish 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 conducted numerous pioneering autosomal and Y-DNA research studies in which he has identified the unique genetic signature of many of Eastern Europe’s most renowned rabbis and tzaddiks (the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, Rabbi Raphael of Bershad, Rabbi Yehuda Kahana of Sighet, the Shpoler Zeida), rabbinical lineages (Katzenellenbogen, Polonsky, Rappaport-Cohen, Shapiro) and Chassidic dynasties (Twersky, Wertheim-Giterman).

    In addition to his Jewish genealogical research studies, Dr. Paull recently published a Y-DNA research study on the patrilineal lineage of John Hart, the 13th Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of America’s Founding Fathers.

    Dr. Paull’s many genealogy-related book chapters, research articles, and publications have surpassed 30,000 views, placing him in the top one percent of all researchers on  He is a highly sought-after speaker, and he has presented talks on his pioneering Jewish genealogical research studies to many genealogical societies, and International Jewish genealogy conferences across the world.

    More in-depth information regarding Dr. Paull’s books, and related genealogy and family history projects, may also be found on his website:; and Facebook page: Research questions may be directed to Dr. Paull at

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