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October 2017

Beginner’s Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. The second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you can use it to tell your family story. Their core message…

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Two-part Program by Mary Roddy: FamilyBrowse: Another Way to Use FamilySearch.org and A Nose for News

October 8 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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FamilyBrowse: Another Way to Use FamilySearch.org FamilySearch.org has millions of images on its website. Many are unindexed and not searchable.  If you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalizations,  deeds, wills and more. Learn how to find these types of records. A Nose for News Newspapers are a rich source for getting beyond dates and places. This presentation includes 18 tips for getting better results from newspaper research. …

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Research Sunday

October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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November 2017

Two-part Program on DNA Testing and Results by Shellee Morehead

November 19 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Program details coming soon. Shellee Morehead has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and is an adjunct instructor of biology at the New England Institute of Technology. She researches, writes, and lectures on family history with specialties that include genetic genealogy. She is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter. She was one of the program chairs for NERGC 2015 and in 2010 appeared in…

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December 2017

Adam Mendelsohn – The Rag Trade: How Jews Made It in America

December 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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11th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy co-sponsored by the JGSGB & Hebrew College   The majority of Jewish immigrants who made their way to the United States between 1820 and 1924 arrived nearly penniless.  Yet today their descendants stand out as exceptionally successful. From itinerant rag traders to piece workers and entrepreneurs in the burgeoning garment industry, shmattes help us explain Jewish economic success in America. Adam Mendelsohn wrote the award winning book, The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their…

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January 2018

Research Sunday

January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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Two-part Program: Michael Marx – Beyond Search: More Google Tools for Genealogy and Alma Gottlieb – The Jewish-Cape Verde Connection: From the Inquisition to the Present

January 21, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Google is today’s most widely used search engine and a primary resource for genealogists. However, getting the most out of Google calls for using tools beyond the familiar Google web search. Michael Marx will demonstrate how many other free Google tools can be invaluable resources for doing your genealogy research.   Michael Marx has been researching his German roots since 2001 and can now trace his ancestors back to the mid-1600s. He has been a frequent presenter at international and regional…

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February 2018

Two-part Program: Daniel Horowitz – Plan Your Roots Trip to Eastern Europe and Panel – What to Expect from the 2018 Jewish Genealogy Conference in Warsaw

February 25, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Learn all the tips and tricks for planning and executing your genealogy trip to Eastern Europe from the initial idea to the practical details of arranging hotels, communication and transportation.  Prepare for the places you’ll want to visit including cemeteries, archives and other repositories. Take advantage of the experience our speaker has gained on his own roots trips to Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania and beyond. Are you thinking about traveling to Warsaw for this year’s International Conference on Jewish…

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March 2018

Alan Shuchat – Life Under the Tsars: Registration, Residence and Exit Routes

March 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Records from the Russian Empire show that people were often registered as citizens of one town but lived in another. What was the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union?  How were people divided into social estates?  How did our ancestors obtain steamship tickets and travel from their shtetls to the steamship ports?  How can these records and historical knowledge help us trace our families before they emigrated?   Alan Shuchat is…

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Logan Kleinwaks – Historic Polish Directories and Other Sources Searchable at GenealogyIndexer.org

March 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA 01702 United States
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Joint program of the JGSGB and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts Genealogy Indexer.org is a free website for searching over one million pages of historic European directories, secondary school reports, military documents, and more. This talk will provide an overview of the 1500-plus sources for Poland and how to search them. Containing many millions of personal names -- often with towns, street addresses, and occupations, and sometimes with vital dates or patronymics -- most of this data is not…

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April 2018

Stephen Denker: How to Prepare and Publish Your Family History Book

April 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Program details coming soon.  

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Research Sunday

April 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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JGSGB’S 36th Anniversary Celebration!

April 22, 2018
Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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We invite you all to join us in celebrating the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston’s 36th  double chai anniversary. We will gather together at Gann Academy for a daylong conference featuring memorable speakers, great entertainment, a delicious lunch, displays and many surprises. Be part of this outstanding event. Stay tuned and visit our website for exciting updates on speakers and other information on the festivities. Questions? contact presidents @ jgsgb.org

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May 2018

Two-part Program: Joshua Mendes – From Spain to Amsterdam and Beyond: The World of Western Sephardim and Cary Aufseeser – Sephardic DNA Links Jews to Mexicans

May 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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Mention the word "Sephardim" and the rich traditions of North Africa or the Mideast come to mind. But another group of Sephardim voyaged westward -- to Amsterdam, England, France, and the New World, and played important roles in their new homelands. Learn about these fascinating people, their contributions and the communities that still exist today. Joshua Mendes is a former journalist (with Fortune and CNN) and investment analyst, now engaged in developing his own website ideas. He is also a…

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June 2018

Two-part Program by Joel Weintraub: What Really Happened at Ellis Island and Finding “Waldo” at Ellis Island

June 10, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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What Really Happened at Ellis Island? Did your ancestors come through Ellis Island?  Does your family story include a name change by an immigration inspector?  Joel Weintraub will review the evidence of name changes and the procedures that were followed in the processing of newly arrived immigrants.  These include the legal documents that accompanied immigrants and official documents that were generated in the course of detentions at the station.  Note: be prepared to avoid deportation by Inspector Weintraub! Finding “Waldo”…

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