February 2022

Special Virtual Issue


Ellen Kowitt – Two Lectures – Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage and Creative Strategies for Ukraine Research
February 27
, 1:30 pm, Zoom meeting
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The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Story of Moral Resistance
The Zekelman Holocaust Center event, register in advance
January 27, 7:00 pm
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An Evening with Paul Joseph Fronczak: The Foundling and True Identity
Massachusetts Genealogical Council event (co-sponsored by JGSGB), register in advance
January 31, 7:00 pm
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Polish Jewish Refugees in the USSR During WWII
IGRA webinar, register in advance
February 6, 12:00 pm
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From Piles to Files: Organize Your Genealogy
Legacy Family Tree webinar, register in advance
February 23, 2:00 pm
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Research Your Roots Using JewishGen
JewishGen course, $150, register in advance
February 6-26
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The Letters Project: A Daughter’s Journey
YIVO event, register in advance
February 3, 1:00 pm
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Jerusalem, New York, and London: A Discussion of Three German-Jewish Diasporas
Center for Jewish History event, register in advance
February 16, 11:00 am
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The Fight Against Epidemics in Interwar Poland and the Warsaw Ghetto: Finding Sara-Zofia Syrkin-Binsztejnowa
JDC Archives event, register in advance
February 16, 12:00 pm
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Save the dates for the following 2022 conferences:

Roots Tech Connect 2022
March 3-5, 2022, virtual
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Massachusetts Genealogical Council Virtual Seminar
April 2-30, 2022

National Genealogical Society Family History Conference
May 24-28, 2022, Sacramento, CA
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IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
August 21-25, 2022, Philadelphia, PA
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The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC)

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) at New England Historic Genealogical Society launched a redesigned website in the fall, JewishHeritageCenter.org, featuring new navigation and search functions and improved access to JHC collections and databases. We invite JGSGB members to explore the site and discover many helpful resources for genealogical research. For questions, please contact the Jewish Heritage Center at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Jewish Neighborhood Voices: Using Oral History to Link Massachusetts’s Past and Present Communities

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) at New England Historic Genealogical Society is seeking narrators for a Mass Humanities-funded project, “Jewish Neighborhood Voices: Using Oral History to Link Massachusetts’s Past and Present Communities.” This pilot project will conduct approximately 20 oral history interviews with narrators (interviewees) who are first-and second-generation members of families that came to the United States in the early to mid-twentieth century, and settled in Dorchester, Roxbury, Chelsea, and Lynn. The JHC is partnering with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and Hebrew Senior Life to identify narrators originally from Dorchester and Roxbury. If you believe you match our criteria, please send an email stating your interest and how you fit the criteria to Stephanie Call at stephanie.call@nehgs.org by January 31, 2022. Those selected for this round of interviews will be notified by February 25.
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Michael White – Matchmaker, Matchmaker: How Much Do I Share on the First Date
February 20, 1:30 pm, Zoom meeting

Michael will discuss what information to share with contacts we make via DNA or genealogy websites. He is a member of JGSGB and the Ukraine SIG. Zoom link will be available on the JGSGB Members Only Page.


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