About Us

The JGSGB was formed in 1982 as a study group for people searching for their Jewish family history and is now a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN: 22-3277002) with over 800 members. We are affiliated with over seventy other Jewish genealogical societies worldwide and hosted the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Boston in 1996 and 2013.

Jewish genealogical societies provide a wealth of information for both the novice and the experienced researcher. In the JGSGB we welcome beginners and are fortunate to have members with a broad range of skills in various research techniques who are happy to help others. We also offer a 20-hour genealogy class.

Our monthly meetings are a place to gain information and skills and to meet others who are interested in Jewish family research. As a special project, the JGSGB has compiled indexes to the obituaries and wedding announcements in The Jewish Advocate, once Boston’s major weekly Jewish newspaper.

We will send speakers to Jewish organizations to give introductory talks about doing Jewish Genealogy, see Speakers Bureau.

Meetings are held monthly (except July and August) virtually and at a variety of locations throughout the Boston area. The programs presented at meetings vary, but may include “how-to” workshops on methodology, country-specific research, and genealogical research in the Boston area. (PDF)

Meeting topics have included (see “Past Events” for a complete listing):

  • Searching the U.S. Census
  • Using the Internet for Research
  • Life in Pre-war Eastern Europe
  • DNA and Jewish Genealogy
  • Document and Photograph Preservation
  • Jewish Given and Last Names
  • Polish Jewish Research
  • Lithuanian Jewish Research
  • Finding Missing Relatives
  • Boston Jewish History
  • Translation Workshop
  • Ethical Issues in Genealogy

A Selection of the Society’s genealogical resources (pdf) are available for research at most of our meetings.

The meetings are free to members, and open to the public for a small fee. To learn about becoming a member, click here.

If you would like to be on our email list to receive notices of future events, click here.

General Inquiries
P.O. Box 610366
Newton, MA 02461-0366
866-611-5698 (toll free)