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May 2020

Joan Nathan – Food: A Window on Jewish Life, Culture, and Genealogy

May 31, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial Link to view this program has been sent to JGSGB members Do you have your latkes with applesauce or sour cream? Does your family eat rice during Passover? Award-winning chef, food journalist, and author Joan Nathan will show us how the foods we ate growing up were influenced by our families’ ethnic and geographical origins. Dedicating her life to examining Jewish food through a historical perspective, she will explain how and…

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June 2020

Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Maria Apodaca – Jewish Ethnicity: History, Migration and DNA

June 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Goto Webinar MA United States

Temple Emanuel and the JGSGB VIRTUAL GENEALOGY PROGRAM presented in generous cooperation with MyHeritage Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5224966523076348430 Advance registration required - Free and Open to All You will receive a confirmation email with instructions from MyHeritage Schelly Talalay Dardashti will build on her introduction to Sephardic research program with a deeper look into Jewish ethnicity as seen through historical events, migrations, and DNA evidence covering the post-1391 and post-1492 migrations from what is today's Spain and Portugal around the Mediterranean,…

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Yuri Dorn – Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in Belarus Archives

June 14, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial A link to view this program will be sent to JGSGB members shortly This program will not be recorded Yuri Dorn will present a brief history of Jewish Belarus, followed by a description of the records available for research in Belorussian archives. He will explain which records you can expect to find and will suggest the best strategy for approaching one's research. Remember that your Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Polish, etc. ancestors may…

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July 2020

Libby Copeland – Stories from the World of DNA Testing

July 14, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial This presentation is open to the public. CLICK HERE  to register for this program. If you are not already on our email list and  would like hear about future programs, CLICK HERE to be added. Have you had your DNA tested? Were your results surprising? If so, you’re not alone. Journalist Libby Copeland will share some of the stories she discovered while researching her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is…

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September 2020

Marian Smith – Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Records

September 13, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Marian Smith presents an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she demonstrates how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found. Bio: Marian Smith retired in 2018 after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).…

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October 2020

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

October 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

The Beginners Workshop is Open-to-All No Fee! 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 second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you…

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Lisa Cooper – A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

October 25, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

What was life like in the old country? Through the eyes of Lisa Cooper’s grandmother Pearl, we experience family life in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Pearl's son recorded his mother's memories, which give a lively sense of life and culture in the Pale of our ancestors. Bio: Lisa Cooper is a British writer, journalist and artist. While spending a…

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Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 she learned while researching and discovering her ancestry. Pre-registration required:  www.massgencouncil.org/m-o-r-e Free.

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November 2020

Jonathan Brent – YIVO’s Rediscovered Archives in Vilna and New York; and Spotlight Talk: Elliot Matz – Bringing Jewish Life to Lithuania’s “Sturbridge Village”

November 8, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 the political and social roles these records play in contemporary Lithuanian society and 21stcentury Jewish identity. Jonathan Brent Dr. Jonathan Brent is the Executive Director…

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Annual Lecture: Steven J. Zipperstein – Myth and History in the Recent Jewish Past

November 15, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 do" dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program.…

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Aaron Ginsburg – The Joint: What Is It and How Can I Use Its Archives?

November 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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/. Aaron will review the history of the Joint, describe the archive's contents, and will demonstrate how to use the search engine to learn more about your…

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FILM and PANEL DISCUSSION: “Children of the Inquisition”

November 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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, November 20th. Separate links for the movie and the Zoom discussion will be sent to all registrants the week of November 16th. Deadline to RSVP…

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December 2020

Deborah Munk Long – Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust

December 6, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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. Bio: Deborah Munk Long has been researching her family's Holocaust history and looking for surviving family members since she was 10 years old. Her research…

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JGSGB Book Group

December 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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. For more information and/or to be added to the mailing list, contact Bookgroup@jgsgb.org

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January 2021

What is the New England Jewish Experience? Co-Sponsored with the New England Jewish History Collaborative

January 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 to explore the regional experience of New England Jews. Program Keynote Talk Highlighting the consistent patterns and the dynamic exceptions that have defined New England's…

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An Evening with Brooke Schreier Ganz – Co-Sponsored with the Massachusetts Genealogical Council

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 Records then digitizes and publishes the records online for free public use, without any copyrights or usage restrictions. Reclaim The Records is the first genealogical…

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Amy Wachs – History and Geography-Tools for Eastern European Research

January 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 your ancestors, find the places where they lived, and trace their migrations. Bio: Amy Wachs, past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland,  has…

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February 2021

Marian Burk Wood – Planning a Future for your Family’s Past

February 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 will" to preserve your family's photos, documents, and heirlooms for future generations. Bio: Marian Burk Wood is a popular speaker and author. Her Planning a Future…

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March 2021

Virtual Research Sunday

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 first. 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…

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Nicka Smith – Reverse Genealogy: Finding Cousins and Chasing the Living

March 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She hosts BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show about…

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An Evening with Amy Whorf McGuiggan

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 anyone knew the real story, they weren’t sharing it. Amy Whorf McGuiggan will take us on a compelling genealogical journey of discovery, beyond the names…

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