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October 2018

Renee Steinig – Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know

October 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Are you confused by documents saying your ancestors were from Austria?  It’s likely they came from Galicia, which was in the Austrian Empire before World War I and now is split between parts of Poland and Ukraine.  This talk is geared to those new to Galicia research and covers: Changing borders Marriage and naming traditions Identifying and locating ancestral towns Record keeping in Galicia Sources for Galicia research Renee Stern Steinig is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and…

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Research Sunday
Registration Deadline 10/18

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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November 2018

Beginner’s Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Carol Clingan Debbie Lerner Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. The second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you can use it to tell your family…

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Gene Fax – How World War I Transformed the American Jewish Community

November 4 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Before World War I, most Americans saw Jews as an alien population.  Gene Fax’s talk describes the Jewish transformation from “immigrants” to “Americans”, showing how America’s participation in World War I led to Jews being integrated into American life, becoming one of the many co-equal ethnic and religious groups. It also explains how the War began the destruction of Eastern European Jewry decades before the Holocaust. Gene Fax has researched the Jewish experience in World War I extensively. His book With Their Bare Hands was inspired…

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December 2018

Roger Lustig – Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies

December 2 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Germany’s boundaries have changed markedly over time. This talk works backwards from today’s Germany to the early 19th century, emphasizing historical events and their impact on Jewish life. Before 1871, Germany was composed of dozens of separate states.  Where (in what states) were my ancestors located?  What records were kept where? What was the legal status of Jews? To properly research Jewish records there, you’ll need to answer these questions. Roger Lustig specializes in research on Jewish families of Prussian Poland.  He…

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Annual Lecture: Credit to the Nation: East European Jewish Immigrant Bankers, Mass Migration and American Finance – Rebecca Kobrin

December 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy cosponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Jewish immigrant bankers helped shape the mass migration of Jews from Eastern Europe and the development of 20th century American finance.  Entrepreneurial Jewish immigrants formed small banks to facilitate purchasing passage to America. Their innovative credit mechanisms gave immigrant Jews, who could offer no collateral, access to basic financial services. They encouraged immigrants to invest in new homes, contributing to the immigrants’ economic success and the expanding…

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January 2019

Elayne and Steve Denker – Sharing Your Family Genealogy and History

January 6, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Designing and writing a family history book is a great way for you to put together the genealogy records and stories you have gathered, to enable you to share them with your family and with future generations. During this talk, you will learn techniques for organizing information, laying out pages, combining text with images, and using software for creating and self-publishing your book on the Internet or with digital media. Elayne and Steve Denker have researched their family histories and self-published seven hardcover books, including…

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Research Sunday

January 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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February 2019

The Genealogical Riches of Massachusetts’ Archives featuring a Panel of Local Archivists

February 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Representatives of the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston City Archives, the Jewish Heritage Center and the JGSGB describe the records they hold, discuss how these records can be useful in your genealogical research, and explain how you can access them. Marty Crilly is the Archivist for Reference and Outreach, at the Boston City Archives, where she manages their outreach program, social media initiatives, research services, and digital records program.  The Archives house Boston municipal records, including photographs and tax, voting, school, and institutional records. John Hannigan is…

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March 2019

Rhoda Miller – Finding Families in the Russian Empire 1795-1917: Census Records and More

March 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Have you ever used the Russian Empire Revision Lists to research your ancestors? The lists contain census type data which may provide you with information not found elsewhere. Rhoda Miller’s presentation will discuss:  How to follow family histories between different Revision Lists and similar documents Research strategies involving multiple languages Historical and geographic changes to the area that is now Ukraine The difference between place of registration and place of residence Dr. Rhoda Miller is a Certified Genealogist, working in Jewish research,…

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April 2019

Michael Strauss – Two Talks: New York City Research: Navigating Through the Five Boroughs and The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

April 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Many of us have ancestors who began their American Experience in New York City.  The five boroughs of the city offer many genealogical resources.  Between the American Revolution and the Civil War, NYC's population increased strikingly, from about 33,000 people in 1790 to more than one million in 1860.  This presentation by Michael Strauss offers a unique perspective on the various genealogical sources and records that are available in New York City. The Great War: Researching Your World War I…

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Research Sunday

April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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May 2019

Lara Diamond – DNA Successes in (and Despite) Endogamy

May 5, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Genetic genealogy is particularly daunting for endogamous populations including Ashkenazi Jews and other groups who have married among themselves for generations.  Trying to identify actual relatives among the mass of distantly-related DNA matches can be frustrating.  Drawing on case studies, Lara Diamond will explain how you can succeed in spite of these obstacles.   Lara Diamond’s work has helped reunify family branches thought to have been killed in the Holocaust. Lara Diamond has researched her roots in Eastern Europe using records from the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. She is…

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Andrew Zalewski – Cadastral Surveys and Maps of Galicia: Visiting ancestral towns and meeting the neighbors

May 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA 01702 United States
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Joint program of the JGSGB and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts Please note Framingham location below Program details coming soon. Dr. Andrew Zalewski is a cardiologist who has researched his Galician families and published two books on Galicia. Dr. Zalewski received his MD and PhD from Warsaw Medical School in Poland. In his two books—Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots and Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family—he writes about distant times and the amazing details he…

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June 2019

Neville Frankel – Unearthing Family Lore: Behind the Scenes of a Novelist’s Journey

June 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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Neville Frankel’s works of historical fiction bring to life the stories that he uncovered in researching his family history.  This talk provides an unusual, personal look at the fact-finding process into his ancestry dating back to Latvia, Russia, Germany and South Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries.  His journey puts us in touch with rich family narratives connecting one generation to the next. Neville Frankel is an Emmy award winning writer.  His novel On the Sickle’s Edge was a 2017 National Jewish Book…

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