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Beyond the Manifest: Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to Confirm One’s Ancestral Origins

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 02:00pm - 04:00pm
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Speaker: Emily H. Garber

Co-Sponsored by at the Museum of Jewish Heritage / Lucille Gudis Memorial Lecture

When several communities in Eastern Europe have similar names and their names have been changed over the years, it may be difficult to unambiguously identify one's family’s shtetl of origin. Considering the investment in time and energy in researching one's family shtetl, it is imperative that one get it right. Yet we do not often apply rigor in identifying our family’s communities of origin. The genealogical proof standard requires rigor in our research methodology. With its application and a well-designed research plan, we assure that our findings are robust and our conclusions not easily challenged. Applied methodology with suggested genealogical sources and techniques will be explored. Resources will include landsmanshaft burial data, online archival material, and the Shoah Names database. The goal is to provide tools and methods for confirming the location of one’s family shtetl in Eastern Europe.

Emily Garber, an archaeologist by training, recently retired after a 30+ year career in natural resources management. She has been researching her family heritage since 2007 and in 2013 traveled to Ukraine to visit archives and family villages. She holds a certificate from Boston University's Genealogical Research program.

A family history researcher, writer and speaker, Emily owns Extra Yad Genealogical Services. She is a blogger ( KehilaLinks owner ( and has authored three articles published in Avotaynu. Her most recent article is “Beyond the Manifest: Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to Confirm One’s Ancestral Origins,” Avotaynu 32:3 (Fall 2016).

Emily is Chair of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and a member of the board of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. She has served for several years as one of the moderators of the JewishGen Discussion Group and communications director of the Ukraine Special Interest Group and was a member of the Planning Committee for the IAJGS 2016 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle, Washington.

Location : Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York
Free of Charge