September 2014

JGSGB Programs:

Beyond Passenger Lists: Documenting 20th Century Immigrant Lives
Lecture by Zack Wilske, Historian at US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Sept 21, 1:30 pm at Gann Academy, Waltham.  More info

Spotlight Talk will follow with Joel Alpert on Yizkor Books in Print.  More info

Ask the Experts (for help with U.S. research) will meet at 12:30
SIGs: Special Interest Groups for Bessarabia, Litvak/Baltic & Poland will meet at 12:30
NEW! Special Interest Group for Belarus will meet at 3:30 pm

Online Lectures & Courses:

Researching your Jewish Ancestors
Webinar by Jennifer Alford on Legacy Family Tree
Sept 3, 2:00 pm.  More info


Women Who Lost Citizenship Through Marriage: Naturalization and Repatriation Records, 1922-1956
Webinar by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, “Records Found” series ”
Sept 26, 1:00 pm.  More info

Cite Your Sources

Basic course offered by JewishGen, $18.
Sept 28 – Oct 12More info

Other News:

Spread the Wealth
Bring a free speaker on Jewish genealogy to your congregation, club or public library during International Jewish Genealogy Month, Oct 10 through Nov 22 (Cheshvan 5775), or later.  Topics include Introduction to Jewish Genealogy, Finding Your Roots on the Internet. etc.
Contact to discuss designing or scheduling a program.

Landsmanshaftn in Boston?

We are looking for recollections and information about Landsmanshaften that existed in the Greater Boston area.

Summer Camp for Jewish Genealogists
For a report on this year’s International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, see David Laskin’s delightful article in the Forward. Laskin was our guest speaker in November.  Article
Greetings from Lithuania

The Boston Jewish Journal featured the story of a local family’s ancestral trip to Lithuania this summer.  Article
Massachusetts Burial Database
You can now search 50,000 names in the online database of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts.  More info
If you don’t find your names here, try the international registry on JewishGen.
More info


Though we’re sad to see the summer end, a full set of programs for the coming year happily awaits us.  JGSGB 2014-2015 schedule.If you have items for the next newsletter, please send them to by Sept 19. Mass-Pocha also welcomes your contributions at

Heidi Urich
President, JGSGB