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Elayne and Steve Denker – Sharing Your Family Genealogy and History

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Designing and writing a family history book is a great way for you to put together the genealogy records and stories you have gathered, to enable you to share them with your family and with future generations. During this talk, you will learn techniques for organizing information, laying out pages, combining text with images, and using software for creating … Continue reading Elayne and Steve Denker – Sharing Your Family Genealogy and History

Research Sunday

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software. (NEW) Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments … Continue reading Research Sunday

The Genealogical Riches of Massachusetts’ Archives featuring a Panel of Local Archivists

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Representatives of the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston City Archives, the Jewish Heritage Center and the JGSGB describe the records they hold, discuss how these records can be useful in your genealogical research, and explain how you can access them. Marty Crilly is the Archivist for Reference and Outreach, at the Boston City Archives, where she manages their … Continue reading The Genealogical Riches of Massachusetts’ Archives featuring a Panel of Local Archivists

Rhoda Miller – Finding Families in the Russian Empire 1795-1917: Census Records and More

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Have you ever used the Russian Empire Revision Lists to research your ancestors? The lists contain census type data which may provide you with information not found elsewhere. Rhoda Miller’s presentation will discuss:  How to follow family histories between different Revision Lists and similar documents Research strategies involving multiple languages Historical and geographic changes to the area … Continue reading Rhoda Miller – Finding Families in the Russian Empire 1795-1917: Census Records and More

Michael Strauss – Two Talks: New York City Research: Navigating Through the Five Boroughs; and The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Many of us have ancestors who began their American Experience in New York City. The five boroughs of the city offer many genealogical resources. Between the American Revolution and the Civil War, NYC’s population increased strikingly, from about 33,000 people in 1790 to more than one million in 1860. New York's population continued to grow (and create more … Continue reading Michael Strauss – Two Talks: New York City Research: Navigating Through the Five Boroughs; and The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

Research Sunday

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software. (NEW) Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments … Continue reading Research Sunday

David Ellis – DNA Basics Workshop

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Are you considering taking a DNA test? Have you taken a DNA test to learn about your ancestry?  Are you confused by the results?  This workshop covers the kinds of tests available, the major DNA testing services and the differences between them, and how to interpret your results to get the most out of them. David Ellis … Continue reading David Ellis – DNA Basics Workshop

Lara Diamond – DNA Successes In (and Despite) Endogamy

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Genetic genealogy is particularly daunting for endogamous populations including Ashkenazi Jews and other groups who have married among themselves for generations.  Trying to identify actual relatives among the mass of distantly-related DNA matches can be frustrating.  Drawing on case studies, Lara Diamond will explain how you can succeed in spite of these obstacles.   Lara Diamond’s work has helped reunify family branches thought … Continue reading Lara Diamond – DNA Successes In (and Despite) Endogamy

Andrew Zalewski – Cadastral Surveys and Maps of Galicia: Visiting Ancestral Towns and Meeting the Neighbors

at Framingham Public Library 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA

Joint program of the JGSGB and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts Please note Framingham location below Andrew Zalewski’s presentation introduces genealogical discoveries and presents several research tools, focusing on multiethnic Galicia during the Habsburg rule (1772–1918).  With the richness of information in cadastral population surveys, we get unique insight into the diverse neighborhoods, from the … Continue reading Andrew Zalewski – Cadastral Surveys and Maps of Galicia: Visiting Ancestral Towns and Meeting the Neighbors

Neville Frankel – Unearthing Family Lore: Behind the Scenes of a Novelist’s Journey

at Gann Academy 333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA

Neville Frankel’s works of historical fiction bring to life the stories that he uncovered in researching his family history.  This talk provides an unusual, personal look at the fact-finding process into his ancestry dating back to Latvia, Russia, Germany and South Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries.  His journey puts us in touch with rich family narratives connecting … Continue reading Neville Frankel – Unearthing Family Lore: Behind the Scenes of a Novelist’s Journey

PROGRAM CHANGE: David Ellis – DNA Basics Workshop

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Due to a family medical emergency, Joan Nathan will not be presenting her program. Are you considering taking a DNA test? Have you taken a DNA test to learn about your ancestry?  Are you confused by the results?  This workshop covers the kinds of tests available, the major DNA testing services and the differences between … Continue reading PROGRAM CHANGE: David Ellis – DNA Basics Workshop

Research Sunday

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn … Continue reading Research Sunday

Janeen Bjork – Finding Your Family in Online Newspapers, One Character at a Time; and Spotlight Talk: John Simon – Finnish Jews: Strangers in a Stranger Land

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Janeen Bjork shows how searching through newspapers can augment our genealogy research. She explains how newspaper searches are done and how to manipulate your query to find results. She presents a very useful and often underappreciated tool that researchers can use. TV researcher and genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain … Continue reading Janeen Bjork – Finding Your Family in Online Newspapers, One Character at a Time; and Spotlight Talk: John Simon – Finnish Jews: Strangers in a Stranger Land

Colleen Fitzpatrick – Two Talks: Who is Pnina Gutman? Using DNA and Documents to Search for a Holocaust Survivor’s Identity; and Holocaust Survival and Reunion Stories

at Cong. Beth El 561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Who is Pnina Gutman? Using DNA and Documents to Search for a Holocaust Survivor's Identity Pnina Gutman is a 77-year-old great-grandmother living in Israel. In 1942, as an infant, she was smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto. She has lived her life without knowing her birth identity. Colleen Fitzpatrick tells the story of Pnina's search … Continue reading Colleen Fitzpatrick – Two Talks: Who is Pnina Gutman? Using DNA and Documents to Search for a Holocaust Survivor’s Identity; and Holocaust Survival and Reunion Stories

Annual Lecture: Saskia Coenen Snyder – Diamonds, Jews and the Expansion of 19th Century Global Trade

at Hebrew College 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy cosponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Free and Open to All The discovery of diamond deposits in South Africa in 1869 led to intensified extraction, manufacturing and consumption of diamonds in a growing global network.  Jews played a crucial role throughout the process of extracting the rough stones from South African … Continue reading Annual Lecture: Saskia Coenen Snyder – Diamonds, Jews and the Expansion of 19th Century Global Trade

Dan Oren – The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Puzzles Discovered and Solved

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Members Bring a Friend For Free A visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launched Dan Oren on a 20-year search to solve the mystery of “Who is Buried in Sarah’s Tomb?” A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photo of a Berlin family wedding from 1926 and leads to discovering their … Continue reading Dan Oren – The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Puzzles Discovered and Solved

Dan Judson – Welcome to America!: The Religious Life of Jewish Immigrants

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

The religious life of immigrant American Jews at the turn of the 20th century was in part transplanted from Eastern Europe, while some fascinating new religious phenomena emerged in the American context. Dr. Dan Judson describes trends such as “mushroom synagogues” popping up for the High Holidays, the “chazan craze” in which some cantors attracted … Continue reading Dan Judson – Welcome to America!: The Religious Life of Jewish Immigrants

Research Sunday

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Registration is now closed. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in … Continue reading Research Sunday

Avraham Groll -What’s New at JewishGen? and Jewish Migration Patterns

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Exciting change and movement is happening at JewishGen.org. During this talk you will find out first-hand about significant new technology and features that will help you in your research, major impacts that JewishGen has had upon the broader Jewish community, and recent developments within the leadership team. Second Talk: Jewish Migration Patterns: Jewish Life in … Continue reading Avraham Groll -What’s New at JewishGen? and Jewish Migration Patterns

Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Resources for Sephardic Research: An Introduction

Goto Webinar MA

GSGB VIRTUAL GENEALOGY PROGRAM presented in generous cooperation with MyHeritage Click here to register for this program: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3915055646195687693 Advance registration required You will receive a confirmation email with instructions from MyHeritage   Schelly Talalay Dardashti will introduce the growing field of Sephardic research, surveying websites, discussion groups, books, journals, conferences, archives and libraries, ongoing research projects, … Continue reading Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Resources for Sephardic Research: An Introduction

Virtual Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual, MA

Virtual via Zoom Meeting Registration is closed To register, login to your account. Registration Closes May 10. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers with your research questions or work with a strategist to plan your next steps. Please provide a clear focus question Translation help with documents written in Bulgarian, French, German, … Continue reading Virtual Research Sunday