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May, 2018
  Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks   GenealogyIndexer.org is a free website for searching 1 million+ pages of historical European directories (business, address, telephone), yizkor books, Galician secondary school reports, military documents, and more. Containing many millions of personal names – often with towns, street addresses, and occupations, and sometimes with vital dates or patronymics – most of the 2,000+ sources are not searchable elsewhere. This talk will focus on recently added sources and new search functionality. The use of directories in the Warsaw property restitution process will also be discussed briefly. Recipient of the IAJGS 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish ...
June, 2018
An informal discussion with today's speaker Mark Halpern about Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, including Galician records. Please bring your questions and your lunch!
Speaker: Mark Halpern   A great many Galician researchers have acquired family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine. Images of many of these records can now be found online. Over the last seventeen years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers.   This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. A historical perspective showing the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping and how regulations on civil marriages impacted the legitimacy and surnames ...
August, 2018
  Speaker: Daniel Horowitz   Learn how to access genealogical resources and other useful databases available in Israel that can be used online to find relatives. Every day, more genealogical, historical and other types of useful databases are released on the Internet. Israel has a lot of websites and digital resources that can be searched via the Internet in English and Hebrew. A fast introduction to Hebrew, the keywords needed and the translation tools available will help everybody deal with the vast list of places where you can find information of people that have born, passed, lived or died in Israel. Rich ...
October, 2018
Speaker: Sarina Roffé  Co-Sponsored with the American Sephardi Federation   Sarina Roffé, author of Branching Out From Sepharad, outlines the history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 Expulsion, their history in Syria, and their immigration to the Americas. She will discuss the ancestry and significance of the Kassin rabbinic dynasty, which dates to the 12th Century, and the 50-year leadership of Chief Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, who led the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. At the same time, she solves a Converso mystery. Rabbi Kassin's ancestor arrive in Aleppo in 1540. Sarina solves the mystery of the time gap from 1492-1540. Sarina Roffé is ...
November, 2018
 Speaker: Lara DiamondCo-Sponsored by JewishGen.org at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Genetic genealogy is much more complicated when dealing with endogamous populations than the general population, and many people get frustrated when trying to identify actual relatives from the mass of genetic cousins who are actually related in many ways quite far back. Learn how you can have success when dealing with endogamy by examining stories from the speaker's own family's DNA, which include reuniting with branches thought killed in the Holocaust.   Lara Diamond has been researching her family for 25 years, starting as a middle school student. She has traced all ...