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October 2020

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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April 2021

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

April 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 will teach you how to search for your ancestors' records. There are similar problems with both searches, including misspellings and incorrect dates, and we'll learn…

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May 2021

Emily Garber – Two Talks: When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques & Conflict Management: Evaluating Evidence of Identity

May 2 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 research problems. Topics include research planning, commonly used resources and documents, and a case study following individuals’ migrations from Europe to the U.S., overcoming name…

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JGSGB Book Group

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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.

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Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz – Finding Vital Records from Poland Online

May 23 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 U.S. records that contain the specific places of origin of your immigrant ancestors, suggest resources to decipher misspelled place names, and identify the registry or…

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June 2021

JGSGB Panel: Digital Storytelling: A New Way to Share Your Information

June 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 video using resources of the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge CCTV.You will experience how compelling family stories can be when presented through this wonderful new tool.…

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Virtual Research Sunday

June 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

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 services: Consult with an experienced researcher for help with a specific research question Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help…

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