Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston teaches an award-winning course on how to research your Jewish family history in partnership with Hebrew College. The course is designed both for beginners and for those who have started their family research. Class size is limited to 20 people to permit student participation. Students will need to know how to do basic Internet searches, log into websites, and use Zoom. Tuition is $250.

The next course will be taught on Zoom from November 2, 2022 to January 4, 2023, on eight Wednesday evenings. To sign up for our wait list, send an email with your name, email and postal address to course@jgsgb.org.  Registration will open in September.

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“Terrific course. Lots of great info useful to all levels of researchers… All the lecturers were well-prepared, engaging and stimulating… I loved having the slides and handouts in advance.” (Student Evaluations) (Pre-Covid photographs.)

Classes are taught by experts from the JGSGB and cover:

  • Basic research strategies & skills
  • Major online resources & software
  • Jewish migration history & changing European borders
  • Jewish names & traditions
  • Finding immigrant ancestors in U.S., European, & Israeli records
  • Identifying Holocaust victims & survivors
  • DNA Testing

Lectures are accompanied by individual help sessions and hands-on workshops on using online resources and genealogy software programs. Students will receive free access to Ancestry and MyHeritage for the duration of the course and a 1-year membership to the JGSGB.

The course will meet remotely on eight Wednesday evenings,

For those who miss a class and as a resource for all students, the course website provides recordings of lectures and copies of slides, and class handouts.
Questions? Contact course@jgsgb.org or 866-611-5698.

Winner of the Outstanding Program Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies for 2009.