The JGSGB Book Group will hold its next meeting via Zoom at 7:30 PM. We will be reading Miriam's Kitchen by Elizabeth Ehrlich If you are not already on the mailing list, please write to BookGroup@jgsgb.org and I will add you to the mailing list.
For Members Only! What Information to Share With Contacts We Make Via DNA or Genealogy Websites. Michael White joined the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston in 2010. His grandmother Fannie Linetsky White sparked his interest in genealogy by telling him stories about her immigration to America when she was eight years old. His interest … Continue reading Michael White – Matchmaker, Matchmaker: How Much Do I Share on the First Date.
JGSGB 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 … Continue reading Ellen Kowitt – Two Lectures – Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage and Creative Strategies for Ukraine Research
Researchers often underutilize information found in the census. This case study follows the presence of Jewish names in the U.S. census from the first decennial census in 1790 to the last available one in 1940. The talk explores each census in order to make the most use of the information that is found in it. This … Continue reading Meredith Hoffman – “Solomon Cohen” through the Censuses, 1790-1940: The Census as Evidence and History
Starting in 1867, the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company created detailed maps of small towns and large cities in the United States in order to calculate premiums for fire insurance. Today these maps have a second life as a tool for genealogists. They describe the neighborhoods and homes where ancestors lived and imply nuanced stories about … Continue reading Jane Neff Rollins – Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: An Unexpected Tool
Have you taken a DNA test to learn about your ancestry? Are you confused by the results? In this workshop, David Ellis will cover the biology behind genetic genealogy, the kinds of DNA tests available, the major DNA testing services, the differences among them, and how to interpret your results and get the most out … Continue reading David Ellis – DNA and Genetic Genealogy Workshop
Under the auspices of the Technion (Israel's MIT), the Avotaynu DNA Project is a landmark scientific study that has tested over a thousand men in far-flung Jewish communities from China to Surinam. Project Administrator Adam Brown will describe what the Project has learned thus far about Jewish origins, as well as the latest discoveries about … Continue reading Adam Brown – The Genetic Origins and Migrations of the Jewish People
Endogamy, marrying and having children predominantly within one's group, allows DNA matches to appear to be more closely related to each other than they actually are. Alec Ferretti will teach us the current rules of thumb for weeding through endogamous matches, including learning how to visualize matches in ways to both help understand and analyze … Continue reading Alec Ferretti – Strategies for Analyzing Endogamous DNA