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Yuri Dorn – Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in Belarus Archives

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial A link to view this program will be sent to JGSGB members shortly This program will not be recorded Yuri Dorn will present a brief history of Jewish Belarus, followed by a description of the records available for research in Belorussian archives. He will explain which … Continue reading Yuri Dorn – Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in Belarus Archives

Libby Copeland – Stories from the World of DNA Testing

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial This presentation is open to the public. CLICK HERE  to register for this program. If you are not already on our email list and  would like hear about future programs, CLICK HERE to be added. Have you had your DNA tested? Were your results surprising? If … Continue reading Libby Copeland – Stories from the World of DNA Testing

Marian Smith – Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Records

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Marian Smith presents an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she demonstrates how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found. Bio: … Continue reading Marian Smith – Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Records

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

The Beginners Workshop is Open-to-All No Fee! Carol Clingan Debbie Lerner Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful … Continue reading Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

What was life like in the old country? Through the eyes of Lisa Cooper’s grandmother Pearl, we experience family life in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Pearl's son recorded his mother's memories, which give a … Continue reading Lisa Cooper – A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

YIVO’s collections include more than 2.5 million documents and 12,000 books that were long thought to be lost and represent over 500 years of Jewish history in Eastern Europe.  The landmark Edward Blank YIVO Vilna project will preserve and digitize these materials, making them available to researchers.  Dr. Jonathan Brent’s talk describes the project and … Continue reading Jonathan Brent – YIVO’s Rediscovered Archives in Vilna and New York; and Spotlight Talk: Elliot Matz – Bringing Jewish Life to Lithuania’s “Sturbridge Village”

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy co-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Free and Open to All JGSGB current 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 … Continue reading Annual Lecture: Steven J. Zipperstein – Myth and History in the Recent Jewish Past

FILM and PANEL DISCUSSION: “Children of the Inquisition”

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Join us for a special online showing of the film, “Children of the Inquisition,” followed on November 22 by a one-hour panel discussion and Q&A led by the film’s director, Joseph Lovett. Advanced registration is required - https://hebrewcollege.edu/events/film-screening-of-children-of-the-inquisition-and-discussion-with-director-and-guests/ The film will be available for viewing from 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18th through 4:00 p.m. Friday, … Continue reading FILM and PANEL DISCUSSION: “Children of the Inquisition”

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

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. Download her handout here. … Continue reading Deborah Munk Long – Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE RECORDED 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 … Continue reading Amy Wachs – History and Geography-Tools for Eastern European Research

Marian Burk Wood – Planning a Future for your Family’s Past

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

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 … Continue reading Marian Burk Wood – Planning a Future for your Family’s Past

Virtual Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Virtual via Zoom Meeting REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED Join us for our next Research Sunday, June 13, 2021 Registration will open approximately one month beforehand Virtual via Zoom Meeting Research Sunday Registration for Sunday, March 7, 2021 is NOW OPEN. Registration closes at 11:59 PM, February 24th, or when 60 registrations are received, whichever comes … Continue reading Virtual Research Sunday

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

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

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

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 … Continue reading 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

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

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

Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz – Finding Vital Records from Poland Online

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Joint Meeting of the Polish GenealogicalSociety 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 … Continue reading Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz – Finding Vital Records from Poland Online

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

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

Virtual Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

REGISTRATIONS FOR JUNE 13TH RESEARCH SUNDAY ARE NOW CLOSED THE SCHEDULE FOR 2021-22 RESEARCH SUNDAYS COMING SOON HOPE TO SEE YOU THEN!   Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Register for one 30-minute appointment with a knowledgeable consultant or translator for one of the following … Continue reading Virtual Research Sunday

Thomas MacEntee – Two Lectures: Google for Genealogists & The Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Google for Genealogists Much of the information and resources available through Google go unnoticed by the average researcher. This presentation will explain how Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents, and much more — you may find just what is needed to make … Continue reading Thomas MacEntee – Two Lectures: Google for Genealogists & The Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Carol Clingan Debbie Lerner Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. … Continue reading Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

Daniel Soyer – New York Jews in the Immigrant City, 1880-1924

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Between the 1870s and the 1920s, almost 2,500,000 Jewish immigrants arrived in the United States with most of them settling in New York City. While New York shaped the contours of Jewish life both in the city and in the rest of the country, Jews also profoundly influenced the culture, politics, and economics of the … Continue reading Daniel Soyer – New York Jews in the Immigrant City, 1880-1924