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The Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS) was founded in New York in 1977, becoming the first of what are now over 80 such societies worldwide. In the years since its founding, the JGS membership has grown to more than 1,000, with members from both the New York metropolitan area as well as elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. The JGS presents innovative programming and seminars over the years, including monthly meetings with guest lecturers from a variety of disciplines; field trips to cemeteries, libraries and archives and workshops.

JGS provides access to exclusive databases found no where else on the web.  In addition, members receive special access to databases at and discounts at "Friends of Jewish Genealogical Society."


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NEXT MEETING: January 25, 2015

Topic: The Ethical Genealogist

Speaker:  Judy G. Russell


Judy G. Russell, well-known as The Legal Genealogist, will speak to us about the ethical considerations underlying genealogy, from privacy issues – how to handle family secrets, what to say about living people --  to the courtesies we should extend to other researchers.


A genealogist with a law degree and an undergraduate degree in journalism, Judy has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years as adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.


She holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.  She has published and lectured widely on genealogical subjects and serves on the faculty of several genealogy research institutes as well as at Boston University’s Center for Professional Education.

Admission: JGS members are free, guests $5 at the door.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at CJH will be open before the meeting at 11:00 a.m. for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computers.

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)




Mailing address:

Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 631
New York, NY 10113-0631



212-294-8318 (Note that the office is not staffed and it may take a while for someone to respond.)

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