Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History

This annual course will be taught on eight Wednesday evenings, beginning in November, 2021.  It has not yet been determined whether the course will be offered remotely or in person.  Email to be added to the waitlist.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston teaches an award-winning course on how to research your Jewish family history. The course is designed both for beginners and for those who have started their family research. Students will need to know how to do basic Internet searches and log into websites.

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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)

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
  • Free access to Ancestry and MyHeritage for duration of course

Lectures are accompanied by individual help sessions and hands-on workshops on using online resources and genealogy software programs. Each student will need to bring a laptop or tablet to benefit fully from the class.

For those who miss a class and as a resource for all students, the course website provides audio recordings of lectures, PowerPoint slides, and class handouts.

Questions? Contact or 866-611-5698.

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