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Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz – Finding Vital Records from Poland Online

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Joint Meeting of the Polish GenealogicalSociety of Massachusetts and the JGSGB  If you’d like to go beyond JewishGen and JRI-Poland to find vital records for your Polish-Jewish ancestors, this program will introduce you to major websites such as Metryki, GenBaza, Szukajwarchiwach (the Polish State Archives), Geneteka, and FamilySearch.  Our speaker, Julie Szczepankiewicz, will also review … Continue reading Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz – Finding Vital Records from Poland Online

JGSGB Panel: Digital Storytelling: A New Way to Share Your Information

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Our stories keep memories alive. Digital storytelling, using computer-based audio visual tools, allows everyday people to share their stories in a 21st century way. Four JGSGB members, Linda Levine, Gilda Bruckman, Jill Roff and Jeanne Eberhart will each share their unique stories via short videos (each under 5 minutes) and explain how they turned genealogical research into a … Continue reading JGSGB Panel: Digital Storytelling: A New Way to Share Your Information

Virtual Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

REGISTRATIONS FOR JUNE 13TH RESEARCH SUNDAY ARE NOW CLOSED THE SCHEDULE FOR 2021-22 RESEARCH SUNDAYS COMING SOON HOPE TO SEE YOU THEN!   Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Register for one 30-minute appointment with a knowledgeable consultant or translator for one of the following … Continue reading Virtual Research Sunday

An Evening with John D. “Jack” Warner, Ph.D.

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

JGSGB is co-sponsoring the following Massachusetts Genealogical Council's M.O.R.E. lecture. An Evening with John D. “Jack” Warner, Ph.D.Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts John D. “Jack” Warner, Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will discuss how to access the records and artifacts held at the Massachusetts State Archives; how records become part of the Massachusetts … Continue reading An Evening with John D. “Jack” Warner, Ph.D.

Thomas MacEntee – Two Lectures: Google for Genealogists & The Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Google for Genealogists Much of the information and resources available through Google go unnoticed by the average researcher. This presentation will explain how Google components can be leveraged for better search results. Google allows you to access maps, books, journals, abstracts, patents, and much more — you may find just what is needed to make … Continue reading Thomas MacEntee – Two Lectures: Google for Genealogists & The Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Carol Clingan Debbie Lerner Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. … Continue reading Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

Daniel Soyer – New York Jews in the Immigrant City, 1880-1924

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Between the 1870s and the 1920s, almost 2,500,000 Jewish immigrants arrived in the United States with most of them settling in New York City. While New York shaped the contours of Jewish life both in the city and in the rest of the country, Jews also profoundly influenced the culture, politics, and economics of the … Continue reading Daniel Soyer – New York Jews in the Immigrant City, 1880-1924

Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

The Genealogy class is full and registration has closed. To sign up for our waitlist, send an email with your name to course@jgsgb.org. This annual course will take place remotely this year from November 3, 2021 through January 12, 2022, on 8 Wednesday evenings with breaks for holidays. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston … Continue reading Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History

Sallyann Amdur Sack – What You Need to Know About Jewish Family Names

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time ends at 2AM Nov. 7. Please remember to set your clocks back one hour so you don't miss the program. While identifying family names is basic to doing genealogical research,Jewish family names are anything but simple. Different rules governed theadoption of names in different countries and in Ashkenasic and Sephardiccommunities. Some … Continue reading Sallyann Amdur Sack – What You Need to Know About Jewish Family Names

Annual Lecture: Samuel Kassow – Time Capsules Under the Rubble: The Ringelblum Archive in the Warsaw Ghetto

- Zoom Meeting - Free Program MA

The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogyco-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College During World War II, Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen and paper. Even in the face of death they left “time capsules” full of documents they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. They were determined … Continue reading Annual Lecture: Samuel Kassow – Time Capsules Under the Rubble: The Ringelblum Archive in the Warsaw Ghetto

Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Registrations for the December 5, 2021 Research Sunday Are Now Closed Research Sunday is a benefit of JGSGB membership Open to Individual, Dual, and Sustaining members Register for one 30-minute appointment with a knowledgeable consultant or translator for one of the … Continue reading Research Sunday

Daniel Gurevich – Vilnius, The Jerusalem of Lithuania

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Explore Vilna, known as “the Jerusalem of Lithuania,” once European Jewry's intellectual, spiritual, and political capital. Daniel Gurevich will begin the program with a brief overview of Lithuanian history and Vilnius’ place in it. Then through a virtual tour of Vilnius, including many personal stories, our journey will focus on the city's dynamic, painful, and … Continue reading Daniel Gurevich – Vilnius, The Jerusalem of Lithuania

Serafima Velkovich – Tips for Using Genealogical Sources at Yad Vashem

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Almost five of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices are commemorated in Yad Vashem's online Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.  Yad Vashem, a living memorial to the Holocaust, houses a huge collection of materials. Ms. Velkovich will highlight new features and materials of the Database, as well as offer … Continue reading Serafima Velkovich – Tips for Using Genealogical Sources at Yad Vashem

Michael White – Matchmaker, Matchmaker: How Much Do I Share on the First Date.

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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 Michael White – Matchmaker, Matchmaker: How Much Do I Share on the First Date.

Ellen Kowitt – Two Lectures – Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage and Creative Strategies for Ukraine Research

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Please note that this program will not be recorded. Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritageEnjoy this comparative overview of Jewish record collections and research tools found on the global powerhouse websites referred to as “Genealogy Giants.” Comparing Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage, this lecture includes many substantive record examples. … Continue reading Ellen Kowitt – Two Lectures – Jewish Resources Comparison of the Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, JewishGen, & MyHeritage and Creative Strategies for Ukraine Research

Jane Neff Rollins – Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: An Unexpected Tool

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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

Research Sunday

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Join us for our next Virtual Research Sunday for individual research help via ZOOM Video Conferencing. Registration for the May 1, 2022  Research Sunday is Now Open* Registration for Virtual Research Sunday May 1, 2022, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time Is now CLOSED Research Sunday is a benefit of JGSGB membership Open to Individual, Dual, … Continue reading Research Sunday

David Ellis – DNA and Genetic Genealogy Workshop

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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

Adam Brown – The Genetic Origins and Migrations of the Jewish People

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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

Stanley Diamond – Workshop on Polish Records Research

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

Advance your research with individual advice from Stanley Diamond, founder and Executive Director of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland. JRI-Poland is the worldwide leader in accessing, indexing and making Jewish vital records from Poland available online. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to receive answers to their questions and learn from Diamond’s responses to others. He will … Continue reading Stanley Diamond – Workshop on Polish Records Research

Alec Ferretti – Strategies for Analyzing Endogamous DNA

- Zoom Meeting Virtual

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