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
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.
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.
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
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.
The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish GenealogyThis lecture is jointly sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston 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 … Continue reading Annual Lecture: Jonathan Sarna – Re-evaluating the Role of American Jewry During the Shoah
Welcome back to the Poland SIG of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston! The long pandemic hibernation is hopefully ending as we look forward to in-person meetings at the JGSGB commencing this coming Spring. In the interim, this meeting is being scheduled to welcome new members and for all participants to reintroduce themselves and … Continue reading Poland SIG
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;
Spotlight Talk: Leora Tec – Non-Jews Remembering Jews in Poland: An Introduction to The Neshoma Project
Welcome back to the JGSGB Ukraine SIG. At this meeting we'll welcome several new members and have an opportunity to describe any genealogical progress we've made since we last met. It's also a time when we can try to help each other overcome any "brick walls" we've found in our research. You'll get a Zoom … Continue reading Ukraine SIG
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
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
Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Registration for February 26 Research Sunday is Now Closed Please consider joining us for our next Research Sunday: Sunday, June 4, 2023, 2-5 PM – Virtual Meeting Research Sunday is a benefit of JGSGB membership Open to Individual, Dual, and Sustaining … Continue reading Research Sunday
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
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
SPECIAL FREE PROGRAM Watch film: thru May 10Discussion on Zoom: May 7 @ 1:30 pm EDT Join the JGSGB from the comfort of your home for the Boston premiere of this independent documentary. The Spanish island of Majorca has a secret history — a group of families has been discriminated against for centuries because their … Continue reading Viewing & Discussion of Documentary XUETA ISLAND
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
Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Virtual Research Sunday Registration is now closed Sunday, June 4, 2-5 PM EDT 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 … Continue reading Research Sunday
Founded in 1897, the Forverts was a leading Yiddish language newspaper in the United States. Most of this newspaper is available to browse digitally for free through the online Historical Jewish Press database. This lecture will examine hidden genealogical gems within this newspaper, some of which can be found with minimal Yiddish skills. Among these gems are … Continue reading Finding Relatives in the Forverts (Jewish Daily Forward)
The JGSGB Book Group will hold its next meeting via Zoom at 7:30 PM. We will be discussing Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson. If you are not already on the mailing list, please write to BookGroup@jgsgb.org and I will add you to the mailing list.
If you are not already a Belarus SIG member, please email Belarus@JGSGB.org.
*Speaker will present in person. You may attend in person or on Zoom. Program Description: Join us on a rollicking genealogical journey tracing a group of relatives from Minsk to Pittsburgh who sold margarine as butter in defiance of one of the stranger laws ever passed. Tammy Hepps' talk highlights some lesser-known historical and genealogical repositories … Continue reading Tammy Hepps – The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk: A Journey Through Lesser Known Records
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