The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute provides an enormous wealth of genealogical resources through the partners' collections and a variety of fact sheets ranging from "how to" guides for the beginner to advanced research guides for the seasoned researcher.



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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: October 26, 2014 at 2 PM

Manifests and the Immigrant Voyage

Speaker:  Phyllis Kramer

In this lecture Phyllis Kramer will address many of the questions associated with this voyage, including how did the immigrants get the ticket, get to the port, what hardships did they endure, what was the voyage like, what ports, what immigration laws affected them, what documents did they come with, how do we find and understand manifests, their handwriting and notations. 

The recipient of the 2011 IAJGS award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy for her creation of the Jewishgen Education program, Phyllis is a genealogist with primary interest in Eastern European Jewish research. She has served as Jewishgen’s VP of Education since 2005 and a member of its advisory board of governors since 2009.

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

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

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



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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