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Daniel Gurevich – Vilnius, The Jerusalem of Lithuania

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

JGSGB 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 … Continue reading Daniel Gurevich – Vilnius, The Jerusalem of Lithuania

JGSGB Book Group – The Velvet Hours

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

The JGSGB Book Group will hold its next meeting by Zoom on December 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM. We will be reading The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman If you are not already on the mailing list, please write to BookGroup@jgsgb.org and I will add you to the mailing list.

Serafima Velkovich – Tips for Using Genealogical Sources at Yad Vashem

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Almost five of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices are commemorated in Yad Vashem's online Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.  Yad Vashem, a living memorial to the Holocaust, houses a huge collection of materials. Ms. Velkovich will highlight new features and materials of the Database, as well as offer … Continue reading Serafima Velkovich – Tips for Using Genealogical Sources at Yad Vashem

Ellen Kowitt – Two Lectures – Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage and Creative Strategies for Ukraine Research

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Please note that this program will not be recorded. Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage Enjoy this comparative overview of Jewish record collections and research tools found on the global powerhouse websites referred to as “Genealogy Giants.” Comparing Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage, this lecture includes many substantive record … Continue reading Ellen Kowitt – Two Lectures – Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage and Creative Strategies for Ukraine Research

Meredith Hoffman – “Solomon Cohen” through the Censuses, 1790-1940: The Census as Evidence and History

Location TBA MA

Researchers often underutilize information found in the census. This case study follows the presence of Jewish names in the U.S. census from the first decennial census in 1790 to the last available one in 1940. The talk explores each census in order to make the most use of the information that is found in it. This … Continue reading Meredith Hoffman – “Solomon Cohen” through the Censuses, 1790-1940: The Census as Evidence and History

Miriam Weiner – Routes to Roots Foundation: New Surnames Databases, Maps, Town Images and More!

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

The Routes to Roots Foundation, established by Miriam Weiner more than 25 years ago, identified archival records from thousands of towns in Eastern Europe. Its archive database at www.rtrfoundation.org lets people search their ancestral towns and see which records are present in the archives. In this talk, Miriam introduces two new surname databases containing more … Continue reading Miriam Weiner – Routes to Roots Foundation: New Surnames Databases, Maps, Town Images and More!

Adam Brown – The Genetic Origins and Migrations of the Jewish People

Location TBA MA

Under the auspices of the Technion (Israel's MIT), the Avotaynu DNA Project is a landmark scientific study that has tested over a thousand men in far-flung Jewish communities from China to Surinam. Project Administrator Adam Brown will describe what the Project has learned thus far about Jewish origins, as well as the latest discoveries about … Continue reading Adam Brown – The Genetic Origins and Migrations of the Jewish People

Alec Ferretti – Strategies for Analyzing Endogamous DNA

Location TBA MA

Endogamy, marrying and having children predominantly within one's group, allows DNA matches to appear to be more closely related to each other than they actually are. Alec Ferretti will teach us the current rules of thumb for weeding through endogamous matches, including learning how to visualize matches in ways to both help understand and analyze … Continue reading Alec Ferretti – Strategies for Analyzing Endogamous DNA