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Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Registrations for the December 5, 2021 Research Sunday Are Now Closed Research Sunday is a benefit of JGSGB membership Open to Individual, Dual, and Sustaining members Register for one 30-minute appointment with a knowledgeable consultant or translator for one of the … Continue reading Research Sunday

Daniel Gurevich – Vilnius, The Jerusalem of Lithuania

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Explore Vilna, known as “the Jerusalem of Lithuania,” once European Jewry's intellectual, spiritual, and political capital. Daniel Gurevich will begin the program with a brief overview of Lithuanian history and Vilnius’ place in it. Then through a virtual tour of Vilnius, including many personal stories, our journey will focus on the city's dynamic, painful, and … Continue reading Daniel Gurevich – Vilnius, The Jerusalem of Lithuania

Serafima Velkovich – Tips for Using Genealogical Sources at Yad Vashem

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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

Michael White – Matchmaker, Matchmaker: How Much Do I Share on the First Date.

- 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 Michael White – Matchmaker, Matchmaker: How Much Do I Share on the First Date.

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Please note that this program will not be recorded. Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritageEnjoy 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 examples. … Continue reading Ellen Kowitt – Two Lectures – Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage and Creative Strategies for Ukraine Research

Jane Neff Rollins – Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: An Unexpected Tool

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Starting in 1867, the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company created detailed maps of small towns and large cities in the United States in order to calculate premiums for fire insurance. Today these maps have a second life as a tool for genealogists. They describe the neighborhoods and homes where ancestors lived and imply nuanced stories about … Continue reading Jane Neff Rollins – Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: An Unexpected Tool

Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Registration for the May 1, 2022  Research Sunday is Now Open* Registration for Virtual Research Sunday May 1, 2022, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time Is now CLOSED Research Sunday is a benefit of JGSGB membership Open to Individual, Dual, … Continue reading Research Sunday

David Ellis – DNA and Genetic Genealogy Workshop

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Have you taken a DNA test to learn about your ancestry? Are you confused by the results? In this workshop, David Ellis will cover the biology behind genetic genealogy, the kinds of DNA tests available, the major DNA testing services, the differences among them, and how to interpret your results and get the most out … Continue reading David Ellis – DNA and Genetic Genealogy Workshop

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

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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

Stanley Diamond – Workshop on Polish Records Research

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Advance your research with individual advice from Stanley Diamond, founder and Executive Director of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland. JRI-Poland is the worldwide leader in accessing, indexing and making Jewish vital records from Poland available online. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to receive answers to their questions and learn from Diamond’s responses to others. He will … Continue reading Stanley Diamond – Workshop on Polish Records Research

Alec Ferretti – Strategies for Analyzing Endogamous DNA

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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

42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

The 42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Sunday August’21 through Thursday August 25, 2022. The conferences is hosted by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), an umbrella organization of more than 90 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide. The IAJGS coordinates and organizes activities such as the annual IAJGS International Conference … Continue reading 42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

Jennifer Mendelsohn – Reunited and it Feels So Good

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Discovering a Holocaust survivor's true identity, finding relatives assumed dead, and reuniting families are some of the successes that Jennifer Mendelsohn has accomplished as a professional genealogist. Her expertise lies in reuniting people through dogged paper trail research and careful DNA analysis. Mendelsohn will share these incredible stories and how she succeeded in locating the information … Continue reading Jennifer Mendelsohn – Reunited and it Feels So Good

JGSGB Book Group – Where She Came From

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

The JGSGB Book Group will hold its next meeting via Zoom at 7:30 PM. We will be reading Where She Came From  by Helen Epstein. If you are not already on the mailing list, please write to BookGroup@jgsgb.org and I will add you to the mailing list.

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

Jeffrey Veidlinger’s talk will look at the historical fate of Jews in Ukraine during times of war, with a focus on the pogroms of the First World War, the Holocaust, and the Russian-Ukrainian War of 2022. Jeffrey Veidlinger is the Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author … 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

Litvak SIG

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

General round-table discussion, including brick walls and breakthroughs. If you are a JGSGB member, but not yet a Litvak SIG member, send an email to Litvak@JGSGB.org to join at no cost. Litvak SIG members will receive a Zoom link the morning of November 6.

Belarus – Members’ Results of Record Searches in Belarus

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

We will be sharing our successes and not-so-successes searching archival records in Belarus. If you are a JGSGB member, but not yet a Belarus SIG member, send an email to Belarus@JGSGB.org to join at no cost. Belarus SIG members will receive a Zoom link the morning of November 7th.

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

Galicia SIG

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

General round-table discussion, including brick walls and breakthroughs. If you are a JGSGB member, but not yet a Galicia SIG member, send an email to Galicia@JGSGB.org to join at no cost. Galicia SIG members will receive a Zoom link the morning of November 20.