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October 2020

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

The Beginners Workshop is Open-to-All No Fee! JGSGB paid members: Program is free. Members do not need to register. You can find the Zoom link by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the "What would you like to do" dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program. This program will be recorded, so members will be able to view…

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Lisa Cooper – A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

October 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

JGSGB paid members: Program is free. Members do not need to register. You can find the Zoom link by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the "What would you like to do" dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program. This program will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the Members-only Page. Non-members: Click here…

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November 2020

Jonathan Brent – YIVO’s Rediscovered Archives in Vilna and New York; and Spotlight Talk: Elliot Matz – Bringing Jewish Life to Lithuania’s “Sturbridge Village”

November 8 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

JGSGB paid members: Program is free. Members do not need to register. You can find the Zoom link by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the "What would you like to do" dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program. This program will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the Members-only Page. Guests: Click here…

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Annual Lecture: Steven J. Zipperstein – Myth and History in the Recent Jewish Past

November 15 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy co-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Free and Open to All Information to obtain the Zoom link will be available on this page by October 19th For many Jews, the Russian and East European Jewish past is little more than a miasma of misery. As often as not, the experience is summed up with little more than the word "pogrom" which has come to serve as a sturdy coda for all that…

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FILM: “Children of the Inquisition”

November 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Join us for a special online showing of the film “Children of the Inquisition,” followed on November 22nd by a one-hour Q&A with the film’s director, Joseph Lovett; Director of Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Rabbi Or Rose; and Rabbi Allison Poirier `19 of co-sponsor Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham. “Children of the Inquisition” is a re-examination of history and identity in a 2-hour documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. The film looks…

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December 2020

Deborah Munk Long – Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust

December 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Deborah Munk Long reviews the best (as well as some of the obscure) resources and methods for determining the fate of those involved in the Holocaust, including survivors and victims. Deborah will use examples from her own research to demonstrate the documents and artifacts she discovered. Bio: Deborah Munk Long has been researching her family's Holocaust history and looking for surviving family members since she was 10 years old. Her research has led to the…

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January 2021

Amy Wachs – History and Geography-Tools for Eastern European Research

January 31, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Researching our Eastern European ancestry remains challenging in many countries, where missing records may lead to frustrating “brick walls”. This presentation offers guidance in using the region’s historical events and geography to help fill in gaps and move past brick walls.  It shows you ways to identify your ancestors, find the places where they lived, and trace their migrations. Bio: Amy Wachs, past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland,  has been involved in Jewish genealogy for over 30…

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February 2021

Marian Burk Wood – Planning for your Family’s Past

February 21, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Old family photos, documents, and heirlooms are vitally important in preserving your family's past. Learn how to organize and store these special items safely, and discover an easy step-by-step process for deciding what to retain in your collection and what to give to relatives or institutions. Finally, you will get ideas for preparing a "genealogical will" to preserve your family's photos, documents, and heirlooms for future generations. Bio: Marian Burk Wood is a popular speaker and author. Her Planning a Future…

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March 2021

Nicka Smith – Reverse Genealogy: Finding Cousins and Chasing the Living

March 21, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location TBA MA United States

This presentation is for you if you’ve done a great job finding your ancestors, but you’re not sure where to start to locate their living descendants. Learn tips and tricks that you can use to safely and respectfully discover the identities of your living cousins and perhaps make new connections. Bio: Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She hosts BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show about…

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April 2021

Stephen Morse – Two Lectures: Finding Presidents’ (and Your) Ancestors in the Strangest Places & Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index

April 25, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Finding Presidents' (and Your) Ancestors in the Strangest Places You might think that U.S. presidents are a breed apart from your ancestors, but they are not. They also arrived on ships and also came face-to-face with the census taker. This talk will show you how to search for presidential records, and, in the process, it will teach you how to search for your ancestors' records. There are similar problems with both searches, including misspellings and incorrect dates, and we'll learn…

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May 2021

Emily Garber – Two Talks: When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques & Conflict Management: Evaluating Evidence of Identity

May 2, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques Researching our ancestors involves not only finding their origins, tracking them through different times and places, and viewing them in their social context, but also looking at their relatives, associates, and neighbors. This presentation shows how to apply cluster and collateral research techniques to your genealogical research problems. Topics include research planning, commonly used resources and documents, and a case study following individuals’ migrations from Europe to the U.S., overcoming name…

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Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz – Finding Vital Records from Poland Online

May 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA 01702 United States
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Joint program between the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts and the JGSGB  If you’d like to go beyond JewishGen and JRI-Poland to find vital records for your Polish-Jewish ancestors, this program will introduce you to major websites such as Metryki, GenBaza, Szukajwarchiwach (the Polish State Archives), Geneteka, and FamilySearch.  Our speaker, Julie Szczepankiewicz, will also review U.S. records that contain the specific places of origin of your immigrant ancestors, suggest resources to decipher misspelled place names, and identify the registry…

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June 2021

JGSGB Panel: Digital Storytelling: A New Way to Share Your Information

June 6, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Our stories keep memories alive. Digital storytelling, using computer-based audio visual tools, allows everyday people to share their stories in a 21st century way. Four JGSGB members, Linda Levine, Gilda Bruckman, Jill Roff and Jeanne Eberhart will each share their unique stories via short videos (each under 5 minutes) and explain how they turned genealogical research into a video using resources of the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge CCTV. You will experience how compelling family stories can be when presented through this wonderful new…

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