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January 2019

Elayne and Steve Denker – Sharing Your Family Genealogy and History

January 6 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Designing and writing a family history book is a great way for you to put together the genealogy records and stories you have gathered, to enable you to share them with your family and with future generations. During this talk, you will learn techniques for organizing information, laying out pages, combining text with images, and using software for creating and self-publishing your book on the Internet or with digital media. Elayne and Steve Denker have researched their family histories and self-published seven hardcover books, including…

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Research Sunday

January 27 @ 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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February 2019

The Genealogical Riches of Massachusetts’ Archives featuring a Panel of Local Archivists

February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Representatives of the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston City Archives, the Jewish Heritage Center and the JGSGB describe the records they hold, discuss how these records can be useful in your genealogical research, and explain how you can access them. Marty Crilly is the Archivist for Reference and Outreach, at the Boston City Archives, where she manages their outreach program, social media initiatives, research services, and digital records program.  The Archives house Boston municipal records, including photographs and tax, voting, school, and institutional records. John Hannigan is…

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March 2019

Rhoda Miller – Finding Families in the Russian Empire 1795-1917: Census Records and More

March 24 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Have you ever used the Russian Empire Revision Lists to research your ancestors? The lists contain census type data which may provide you with information not found elsewhere. Rhoda Miller’s presentation will discuss:  How to follow family histories between different Revision Lists and similar documents Research strategies involving multiple languages Historical and geographic changes to the area that is now Ukraine The difference between place of registration and place of residence Dr. Rhoda Miller is a Certified Genealogist, working in Jewish research,…

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April 2019

Michael Strauss – Two Talks: New York City Research: Navigating Through the Five Boroughs; and The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

April 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Many of us have ancestors who began their American Experience in New York City. The five boroughs of the city offer many genealogical resources. Between the American Revolution and the Civil War, NYC’s population increased strikingly, from about 33,000 people in 1790 to more than one million in 1860. New York's population continued to grow (and create more documents) well into the twentieth century. This presentation offers a unique perspective on the various genealogical sources and records available in New York City. The Great…

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Research Sunday

April 28 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 8:00 am - August 2 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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February 2020

Avraham Groll -What’s New at Jewish Gen?

February 9, 2020 @ 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. Avraham Groll is the Director of JewishGen.org. He is passionate about connecting people with their Jewish roots and helping them experience what it means to be part of the Jewish people. He is…

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March 2020

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

March 29, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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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. Lisa Cooper is a British writer, journalist and artist. While spending a year…

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