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April 2019

Research Sunday

April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software. (NEW) Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on…

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May 2019

David Ellis – DNA Basics Workshop

May 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Are you considering taking a DNA test? Have you taken a DNA test to learn about your ancestry?  Are you confused by the results?  This workshop covers the kinds of tests available, the major DNA testing services and the differences between them, and how to interpret your results to get the most out of them. David Ellis is JGSGB Board member and leader of the Litvak and Galicia SIGs.   He discovered dozens of ancestors unknown to his relatives and initiated contact with…

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Lara Diamond – DNA Successes In (and Despite) Endogamy

May 5, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Genetic genealogy is particularly daunting for endogamous populations including Ashkenazi Jews and other groups who have married among themselves for generations.  Trying to identify actual relatives among the mass of distantly-related DNA matches can be frustrating.  Drawing on case studies, Lara Diamond will explain how you can succeed in spite of these obstacles.   Lara Diamond’s work has helped reunify family branches thought to have been killed in the Holocaust. Lara Diamond has researched her roots in Eastern Europe using records from the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. She is…

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Andrew Zalewski – Cadastral Surveys and Maps of Galicia: Visiting Ancestral Towns and Meeting the Neighbors

May 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA 01702 United States
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Joint program of the JGSGB and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts Please note Framingham location below Andrew Zalewski’s presentation introduces genealogical discoveries and presents several research tools, focusing on multiethnic Galicia during the Habsburg rule (1772–1918).  With the richness of information in cadastral population surveys, we get unique insight into the diverse neighborhoods, from the capital city of Lwów (Lemberg) to small towns, where Polish nobility and members of Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), as well as commoners, lived and interacted.  Employing detailed archival…

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June 2019

Neville Frankel – Unearthing Family Lore: Behind the Scenes of a Novelist’s Journey

June 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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Neville Frankel’s works of historical fiction bring to life the stories that he uncovered in researching his family history.  This talk provides an unusual, personal look at the fact-finding process into his ancestry dating back to Latvia, Russia, Germany and South Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries.  His journey puts us in touch with rich family narratives connecting one generation to the next. Neville Frankel is an Emmy award winning writer.  His novel On the Sickle’s Edge was a 2017 National Jewish Book…

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July 2019

39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

July 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
at Hilton Hotel, Cleveland, 100 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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With Local Host The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

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September 2019

PROGRAM CHANGE: David Ellis – DNA Basics Workshop

September 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Due to a family medical emergency, Joan Nathan will not be presenting her program. Are you considering taking a DNA test? Have you taken a DNA test to learn about your ancestry?  Are you confused by the results?  This workshop covers the kinds of tests available, the major DNA testing services and the differences between them, and how to interpret your results to get the most out of them. David Ellis is JGSGB Board member and leader of the Litvak and Galicia SIGs.…

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October 2019

Research Sunday

October 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your…

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Janeen Bjork – Finding Your Family in Online Newspapers, One Character at a Time; and Spotlight Talk: John Simon – Finnish Jews: Strangers in a Stranger Land

October 27, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Janeen Bjork shows how searching through newspapers can augment our genealogy research. She explains how newspaper searches are done and how to manipulate your query to find results. She presents a very useful and often underappreciated tool that researchers can use. TV researcher and genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain ever since she found a story about the 1894 murder of her great-great grandfather, William Strutz, in a Syracuse, NY, newspaper. She'll share her search methodology…

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November 2019

Colleen Fitzpatrick – Two Talks: Who is Pnina Gutman? Using DNA and Documents to Search for a Holocaust Survivor’s Identity; and Holocaust Survival and Reunion Stories

November 3, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Who is Pnina Gutman? Using DNA and Documents to Search for a Holocaust Survivor's Identity Pnina Gutman is a 77-year-old great-grandmother living in Israel. In 1942, as an infant, she was smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto. She has lived her life without knowing her birth identity. Colleen Fitzpatrick tells the story of Pnina's search for who she was at birth through documentation and DNA analysis. Several cousins and other relatives have been discovered, but Pnina’s birth name remains unknown.…

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Annual Lecture: Saskia Coenen Snyder – Diamonds, Jews and the Expansion of 19th Century Global Trade

November 17, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy cosponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Free and Open to All The discovery of diamond deposits in South Africa in 1869 led to intensified extraction, manufacturing and consumption of diamonds in a growing global network.  Jews played a crucial role throughout the process of extracting the rough stones from South African soil, manufacturing in European factories, and distributing gems and jewelry across the Atlantic.  They were not just intermediaries but pioneers and central agents of early…

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December 2019

Dan Oren – The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Puzzles Discovered and Solved

December 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Members Bring a Friend For Free A visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launched Dan Oren on a 20-year search to solve the mystery of “Who is Buried in Sarah’s Tomb?” A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photo of a Berlin family wedding from 1926 and leads to discovering their unimaginable post-wedding history. In this talk, Dr. Dan Oren will share these stories and others along with the research strategies he used to unearth and…

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January 2020

Dan Judson – Welcome to America!: The Religious Life of Jewish Immigrants

January 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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The religious life of immigrant American Jews at the turn of the 20th century was in part transplanted from Eastern Europe, while some fascinating new religious phenomena emerged in the American context. Dr. Dan Judson describes trends such as “mushroom synagogues” popping up for the High Holidays, the “chazan craze” in which some cantors attracted top entertainment salaries, and the spin-off congregations from Stephen Wise’s “free synagogue”. This lecture will describe all of these trends and place the religious life…

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Research Sunday

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Registration is now closed. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books…

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February 2020

Avraham Groll -What’s New at JewishGen? and Jewish Migration Patterns

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Exciting change and movement is happening at JewishGen.org. During this talk you will find out first-hand about significant new technology and features that will help you in your research, major impacts that JewishGen has had upon the broader Jewish community, and recent developments within the leadership team. Second Talk: Jewish Migration Patterns: Jewish Life in Poland during the 16th - 18th Centuries. Using maps, pictures and documents, Avraham Groll will show the patterns of Jewish migration to Poland between the…

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May 2020

Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Resources for Sephardic Research: An Introduction

May 3 @ 1:30 pm
Goto Webinar MA United States + Google Map

GSGB VIRTUAL GENEALOGY PROGRAM presented in generous cooperation with MyHeritage Click here to register for this program: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3915055646195687693 Advance registration required You will receive a confirmation email with instructions from MyHeritage   Schelly Talalay Dardashti will introduce the growing field of Sephardic research, surveying websites, discussion groups, books, journals, conferences, archives and libraries, ongoing research projects, researchers, and DNA projects. She will include information on the Sephardic presence in Eastern Europe, a topic that has not been explored widely by researchers.…

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Virtual Research Sunday

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting Registration is closed To register, login to your account. Registration Closes May 10. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers with your research questions or work with a strategist to plan your next steps. Please provide a clear focus question Translation help with documents written in Bulgarian, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, or Yiddish Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you These…

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Alan Shuchat-Finding Jewish Records from the Russian Empire

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial Link to view this program will be sent to JGSGB members shortly What kinds of records were kept of subjects in the Russian Empire and what kind of information was recorded? What records still exist and how can they be found? How can we learn where our ancestors lived and locate their records? How can we deal with the language barrier? We'll see examples from JewishGen, JRI-Poland, Ukrainian archives, FamilySearch, Ancestry,…

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

May 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
– 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 @ 6:00 pm
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 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
– 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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