JGSGB is co-sponsoring a program with the Massachusetts Genealogical Council Judy Fambrough-Billingsley will discuss her newest book, which covers her odyssey from being an abandoned “brown baby” in Germany after WWII to unlocking the mysteries of her birth parents. In addition to sharing her unique story, Judy will describe some of the tips and lessons … Continue reading Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing
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”
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
Special Members-only Program Presented by: Aaron Ginsburg, JGSGB member The Joint Distribution Committee has provided relief and support to Jews in many countries since 1914. During WWI and the subsequent turmoil in Eastern Europe, the Joint assisted millions of Jews. This work continued during the Holocaust and continues today. Recently their archives became digitized and searchable, http://search.archives.jdc.org/. … Continue reading Aaron Ginsburg – The Joint: What Is It and How Can I Use Its Archives?
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”
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
Please join us: The book: Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman One woman’s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into Family Identity, Myth & Memory. The Book Group is open to all JGSGB members. … Continue reading JGSGB Book Group
An Online Event Presented by the New England Jewish History Collaborative Sunday, January 24, 2021 2:00–4:00 PM Do New England Jews share a common experience? Is there a regional identity? What resources are available for studying New England’s Jewish history? Join us online as we invite historians, archivists, genealogists, and others interested in Jewish history … Continue reading What is the New England Jewish Experience? Co-Sponsored with the New England Jewish History Collaborative
Presented by Massachusetts Genealogical Council and co-sponsored by JGSGB Reclaim The Records is a non-profit organization that advocates for greater transparency and accessibility for genealogical, archival, and vital records in the United States. They use state Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits to provide copies of previously inaccessible records to the public. Reclaim The … Continue reading An Evening with Brooke Schreier Ganz – Co-Sponsored with the Massachusetts Genealogical Council
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
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 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
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
MASSACHUSETTS GENEALOGICAL COUNCIL M:O.R.E. (co-sponsored by JGSGB) Author of "Finding Emma: My Search for the Family My Grandfather Never Knew Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT via Zoom John Joseph Osborne grew up as an orphan and an only child. It was as though he had sprung from thin air fully formed. If … Continue reading An Evening with Amy Whorf McGuiggan
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
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
We are reading The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn. All JGSGB members are welcome to join us. To be added to the mailing list and get the Zoom link for the meeting, please send an email to Bookgroup@jgsgb.org.
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
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
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
JGSGB is co-sponsoring the following Massachusetts Genealogical Council's M.O.R.E. lecture. An Evening with John D. “Jack” Warner, Ph.D.Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts John D. “Jack” Warner, Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will discuss how to access the records and artifacts held at the Massachusetts State Archives; how records become part of the Massachusetts … Continue reading An Evening with John D. “Jack” Warner, Ph.D.