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Two-part Program by Shellee Morehead: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy See what DNA tests are available, the pros and cons of DNA testing and which test might be right for you. Genetic genealogy tests are compared, including examples of the results received, and the tools that are available at the company websites for the analysis of those results. The pros and cons … Continue reading Two-part Program by Shellee Morehead: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test

Adam Mendelsohn – The Rag Trade: How Jews Made It in America

at Hebrew College 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

11th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy co-sponsored by the JGSGB & Hebrew College   The majority of Jewish immigrants who made their way to the United States between 1820 and 1924 arrived nearly penniless.  Yet today their descendants stand out as exceptionally successful. From itinerant rag traders to piece workers and entrepreneurs in the burgeoning … Continue reading Adam Mendelsohn – The Rag Trade: How Jews Made It in America

Research Sunday

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Research Sundays are an opportunity to: 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 how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is … Continue reading Research Sunday

Two-part Program: Michael Marx – Beyond Search: More Google Tools for Genealogy and Spotlight Talk: The Jewish-Cape Verde Connection: From the Inquisition to the Present

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Google is today’s most widely used search engine and a primary resource for genealogists. However, getting the most out of Google calls for using tools beyond the familiar Google web search. Michael Marx will demonstrate how many other free Google tools can be invaluable resources for doing your genealogy research. Michael Marx has been researching … Continue reading Two-part Program: Michael Marx – Beyond Search: More Google Tools for Genealogy and Spotlight Talk: The Jewish-Cape Verde Connection: From the Inquisition to the Present

Two-part Program: Daniel Horowitz – Plan Your Roots Trip to Eastern Europe and Panel – What to Expect from the 2018 Jewish Genealogy Conference in Warsaw

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Learn all the tips and tricks for planning and executing your genealogy trip to Eastern Europe from the initial idea to the practical details of arranging hotels, communication and transportation.  Prepare for the places you’ll want to visit including cemeteries, archives and other repositories. Take advantage of the experience our speaker has gained on his … Continue reading Two-part Program: Daniel Horowitz – Plan Your Roots Trip to Eastern Europe and Panel – What to Expect from the 2018 Jewish Genealogy Conference in Warsaw

Alan Shuchat – Life Under the Tsars: Registration, Residence and Exit Routes

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Records from the Russian Empire show that people were often registered as citizens of one town but lived in another. What was the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union?  How were people divided into social estates?  How did our ancestors obtain steamship tickets and travel from … Continue reading Alan Shuchat – Life Under the Tsars: Registration, Residence and Exit Routes

Logan Kleinwaks – Historic Polish Directories and Other Sources Searchable at GenealogyIndexer.org

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 Genealogy Indexer.org is a free website for searching over one million pages of historic European directories, secondary school reports, military documents, and more. This talk will provide an overview of the 1500-plus sources for Poland and how to … Continue reading Logan Kleinwaks – Historic Polish Directories and Other Sources Searchable at GenealogyIndexer.org

Research Sunday

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Research Sundays are an opportunity to: 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 how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is … Continue reading Research Sunday

JGSGB’S Celebration36!

at Gann Academy 333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston presents Celebration36 From Double Chai to Double Helix Gann Academy 333 Forest Street Waltham, MA Registration has Ended Schedule of Events 8:30–9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast View Member Exhibits Bid on Silent Auction Items 9:30–10:30 Good morning - Welcome CeCe Moore Applying DNA to Your Genealogical Research 10:45–11:45 Libby … Continue reading JGSGB’S Celebration36!

Two-part Program: Joshua Mendes – From Spain to Amsterdam and Beyond: The World of Western Sephardim and Cary Aufseeser – Sephardic DNA Links Jews to Mexicans

at Gann Academy 333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA

Special Polish Pronunciation Presentation at 12:30 (open to all) This presentation will go over the basic pronunciation of all letters and combinations of letters in the Polish alphabet that differ from those in English, giving English equivalents and rules guiding pronunciation. Examples will be given of how to pronounce Polish towns that Jewish genealogists frequently … Continue reading Two-part Program: Joshua Mendes – From Spain to Amsterdam and Beyond: The World of Western Sephardim and Cary Aufseeser – Sephardic DNA Links Jews to Mexicans

Year-end Program on Ellis Island Features Reenactment and Two Talks by Joel Weintraub

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

At its program year end, JGSGB is putting on a special two-part program unlike anything we’ve ever done before: a reenactment of the immigrant experience of our ancestors! The event will take the viewer from getting tickets to filling out paperwork to boarding a steamship and then pick up at Ellis Island with the various … Continue reading Year-end Program on Ellis Island Features Reenactment and Two Talks by Joel Weintraub

Annie Polland – Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens and Other Advice Givers: the Women of the Tenement

American Legion Nonantum Post 440 295 California Street, Newton, MA

JGSGB Members are invited to bring a friend for free to this program! Dr. Annie Polland discusses the transition from Eastern European shtetls and cities to the crowded streets of the Lower East Side with a focus on Jewish immigrant women’s pivotal roles in both shaping their homes and New York’s growing economy. Spotlight Talk: … Continue reading Annie Polland – Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens and Other Advice Givers: the Women of the Tenement

Renee Steinig – Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Are you confused by documents saying your ancestors were from Austria?  It’s likely they came from Galicia, which was in the Austrian Empire before World War I and now is split between parts of Poland and Ukraine.  This talk is geared to those new to Galicia research and covers: Changing borders Marriage and naming traditions Identifying … Continue reading Renee Steinig – Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know

Research Sunday
Registration Deadline 10/18

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Research Sundays are an opportunity to: 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 how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is … Continue reading Research Sunday
Registration Deadline 10/18

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

at Cong. Beth El 561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, 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. The … Continue reading Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

Gene Fax – How World War I Transformed the American Jewish Community

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

Before World War I, most Americans saw Jews as an alien population.  Gene Fax’s talk describes the Jewish transformation from “immigrants” to “Americans”, showing how America’s participation in World War I led to Jews being integrated into American life, becoming one of the many co-equal ethnic and religious groups. It also explains how the War began the … Continue reading Gene Fax – How World War I Transformed the American Jewish Community

Roger Lustig – Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies

at Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA

Germany’s boundaries have changed markedly over time. This talk works backwards from today’s Germany to the early 19th century, emphasizing historical events and their impact on Jewish life. Before 1871, Germany was composed of dozens of separate states.  Where (in what states) were my ancestors located?  What records were kept where? What was the legal status of … Continue reading Roger Lustig – Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies

Annual Lecture: Credit to the Nation: East European Jewish Immigrant Bankers, Mass Migration and American Finance – Rebecca Kobrin

at Hebrew College 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy cosponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Jewish immigrant bankers helped shape the mass migration of Jews from Eastern Europe and the development of 20th century American finance.  Entrepreneurial Jewish immigrants formed small banks to facilitate purchasing passage to America. Their innovative credit mechanisms gave immigrant Jews, who could … Continue reading Annual Lecture: Credit to the Nation: East European Jewish Immigrant Bankers, Mass Migration and American Finance – Rebecca Kobrin

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