October 2015


Passenger Manifests and the Immigrant Voyage

Speaker: Phyllis Kramer
September 27, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Gann Academy, Waltham
Members are invited to bring their friends to this program for free
A new Ukraine SIG and the 4 existing SIGs will meet; see JGSGB NEWS below
More info & handout

Two Lectures: One-Step Webpages and A Case Study

Speaker: Steve Morse
October 11, 11:00 – 3:30 pm
Hebrew College, Newton
Lunch available by advance reservation (due October 7), $18.
More info & lunch

Research Sunday

October 25, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Temple Emanuel, Newton
More info 


NEHGS Family History Day

October 3, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, $50
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston
Cost: $50
More info

PBS Genealogy Roadshow – Filming the Boston Show

October 3, 9:00 – 5:00 pm, open to the public
Faneuil Hall, Boston

Getting Started on Your Family History

Speaker: Rhonda R. McClure
October 7, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston
More info

Spend a Day with Steve Morse

Sponsored by the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts
October 10, 8:30 – 4:00 pm
Our Lady of the Elms College, Chicopee
More info

Bookstores as a Locale for Jewish Catholic Sociability in Nineteenth-Century Poland

Speaker: Prof. Karen Auerbach, University of North Carolina
October 14, 4:15-6:00 pm
Harvard University, Center for European Studies
More info

Reception for Photo Exhibit: Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future

October 21, 6:00 pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College, Newton
More info

Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story

Speaker: Maxim D. Shrayer (Brookline Adult & Community Education)
October 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Brookline High School, $6
More info


Dead Ends and Brick Walls

JewishGen online course, $125
October 1 – 30
More info

Surviving the Inquisition: Marranos, Conversos and Crypto-Jews

Starts October 19 (10 weeks)
Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley
More info 

Overview of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Archives

October 22, 1 pm
USCIS Webinar, register in advance
More info

Complex Evidence – What is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter?

October 28, 2 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinar, register in advance
More info 


Research Sundays

There will be 3 Research Sundays this year: October 25, January 31 & April 10.

More info

JGSGB Local Special Interest Groups

Our society’s five local Special Interest Groups (SIGs) help members advance their research by sharing information and resources about specific regions.

Belarus SIG covers the current country of Belarus. Coordinator: Sonia Lipetz, at belarus@jgsgb.org

Bessarabia SIG covers the region historically known as Bessarabia, a former Gubernia (province) in the Russian Empire, which is now in the Republic of Moldova with two small parts in Ukraine. The group also covers Transnistria (Pridnestovie) / Republic of Moldova, a self-proclaimed territory on the left bank of Dniester River. Coordinator: Yefim Kogan, at bessarabia@jgsgb.org

Litvak-Baltic SIG covers present day Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Coordinator: David Ellis, at litvak@jgsgb.org

Poland SIG covers modern day Poland. Coordinator: Steve Gordon, at poland@jgsgb.org.

NEW! Ukraine SIG covers lands that were included in the nine Russian Empire Gubernii (provinces) that more or less overlap with the current territory of Ukraine. All but one were contained in the Pale of Settlement, where Jews were required to live until the 1917 revolution. Coordinator: Alan Shuchat, at ukraine@jgsgb.org

Bring Friends for Free

We invite JGSGB members to bring their friends to the first program of the season on September 27 for free admission.

Special Membership Offer

All first-time members who join this fall will get full 2016 Membership plus the fall 2015 programs for the basic $25 annual membership fee – 16 months for $25!

Please send items for the next newsletter by October 15 to newsletter@jgsgb.org