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LIBRARY DAY In-Person

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Library Day is free for members and guests! After a long absence due to the pandemic, we are happy to welcome you back to a special in-person opportunity at Temple Emanuel. Search and our extensive library and map collection to augment your research Consult with our librarians Consult with our experts on country specific research … Continue reading LIBRARY DAY In-Person

Jeffrey Veidlinger – In the Midst of Civilized Europe: Jews and Ukraine in Times of War

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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 Jeffrey Veidlinger – In the Midst of Civilized Europe: Jews and Ukraine in Times of War

Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

REGISTER NOW The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston teaches an award-winning course on how to research your Jewish family history. It is designed for beginners and for those who have begun their family research. Class size is limited to 20 people to permit student participation. Applicants need to know how to do basic Internet … Continue reading Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History

JGSGB Book Group – The Book of Lost Names

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

The JGSGB Book Group will hold its next meeting via Zoom at 7:30 PM. We will be reading The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. If you are not already on the mailing list, please write to BookGroup@jgsgb.org and I will add you to the mailing list.

Kelly O’Neill – Into the Archive: Voyagers from the Russian Empire to the United States

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Over the course of the 19th century, over half a million subjects of the tsar set sail for America. The records of their voyages are held at the National Archives and while they provide only a sketch of each man, woman, and child who left the empire behind, when taken together they are a powerful tool … Continue reading Kelly O’Neill – Into the Archive: Voyagers from the Russian Empire to the United States

Annual Lecture: Jonathan Sarna – Re-evaluating the Role of American Jewry During the Shoah

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogyco-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Holocaust scholarship has generally been critical of the role of American Jewry during the Shoah. Many believe that American Jews could have done much more than they did to save the Jews of Europe.  However, recent research documents the clandestine rescue of … Continue reading Annual Lecture: Jonathan Sarna – Re-evaluating the Role of American Jewry During the Shoah

Logan Kleinwaks – GenealogyIndexer: Searching Historical Directories, Yizkor Books, and More; and Spotlight Talk: Leora Tec – Non-Jews Remembering Jews in Poland: An Introduction to The Neshoma Project

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

GenealogyIndexer.org is a free website that offers full-text searching of thousands of pages of historical directories primarily from central and eastern Europe: business, address, telephone, and yizkor books, Polish and Russian military documents, community and personal histories, Galician secondary school reports, and much more. These sources contain millions of personal names—often with towns of residence, street addresses, and … Continue reading Logan Kleinwaks – GenealogyIndexer: Searching Historical Directories, Yizkor Books, and More; and Spotlight Talk: Leora Tec – Non-Jews Remembering Jews in Poland: An Introduction to The Neshoma Project

Vivian Kahn – Researching Hungarian Families in Hungary and Galicia

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

JewishGen databases have almost 4 million records, making them a primary resource on Jewish families who lived in Hungary and Galicia (Many Polish Jews moved to Hungary and Vienna after the three partitions of Poland).  Vivian Kahn will demonstrate what is available on JewishGen and other less familiar online resources.  She will also provide tips … Continue reading Vivian Kahn – Researching Hungarian Families in Hungary and Galicia

Daniel Horowitz – Minimum Effort, Maximum Output: Best Tricks for Using MyHeritage

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Learn the latest methods for successfully using the international genealogical website MyHeritage, containing billions and billions of historical records. Make the most of its technology by exploring cutting-edge features that will enhance your family history research and provide greater context to your family’s unique story. This session will review Smart Matches™, Record Matches, Photo Discoveries, Instant … Continue reading Daniel Horowitz – Minimum Effort, Maximum Output: Best Tricks for Using MyHeritage

Risa Daitzman Heywood – The Importance of Thorough American Research in Jewish Genealogy: Finding your Family’s Town and Original Surname

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

When beginning genealogical research, it’s tempting to immediately jump to European records when researching your family, but searching American records first can avoid a lot of time and frustration. If you haven’t documented where in Europe your family was from or what their names were in Europe, then this session is for you. Learn which … Continue reading Risa Daitzman Heywood – The Importance of Thorough American Research in Jewish Genealogy: Finding your Family’s Town and Original Surname

Adina Newman – #Genealogy: Incorporating Social Media into Your Genealogical Research Program

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Social media has become an essential tool for genealogists in the 21st century. Through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and TikTok, genealogists have limitless opportunities for expanding research, learning new skills, and collaborating with other researchers. Whether a social media novice or seasoned expert, everyone will walk away from this presentation with new ideas … Continue reading Adina Newman – #Genealogy: Incorporating Social Media into Your Genealogical Research Program

Gil Bardige – Help! I Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused

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In this beginner to intermediate level DNA program, Gil Bardige uses proven methodologies and processes to show how you can prioritize your DNA matches in order to increase your chances of finding common relatives.  Reduce your stress and confusion as you zero in on about 50 priority matches among the tens of thousands of matches that you receive.  The presentation also clarifies ethnicity … Continue reading Gil Bardige – Help! I Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused