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September 2018

Annie Polland – Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens and Other Advice Givers: the Women of the Tenement

September 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street
Newton, MA 02458 United States
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Main program details coming soon. Spotlight Talk: What’s Available at the American Jewish Historical Society for Researchers?” Annie Polland, the new Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, will describe the holdings of the AJHS, including its HIAS records and how we can access these and other records.. Dr. Annie Polland is the Executive Director of The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Polland was formerly Executive Vice President for Programs & Interpretation at New York City’s Tenement Museum. She co-authored…

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October 2018

Renee Steinig – Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know

October 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Are you confused by documents saying your ancestors were from Austria?  It’s likely they came from Galicia, which was in the Austrian Empire before World War I and now is split between parts of Poland and Ukraine.  This talk is geared to those new to Galicia research and covers: • Changing borders • Marriage and naming traditions • Identifying and locating ancestral towns • Record keeping in Galicia • Sources for Galicia research Renee Stern Steinig is a member of the…

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November 2018

Gene Fax – How World War I Transformed the American Jewish Community

November 4 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Before World War I, most Americans saw Jews as an alien population.  Gene Fax’s talk describes the Jewish transformation from “immigrants” to “Americans”, showing how America’s participation in World War I led to Jews being integrated into American life, becoming one of the many co-equal ethnic and religious groups. It also explains how the War began the destruction of Eastern European Jewry decades before the Holocaust. Gene Fax has researched the Jewish experience in World War I extensively. His book With Their Bare Hands was inspired…

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December 2018

Roger Lustig – Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies

December 2 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Germany’s boundaries have changed markedly over time. This talk works backwards from today’s Germany to the early 19th century, emphasizing historical events and their impact on Jewish life. Before 1871, Germany was composed of dozens of separate states.  Where (in what states) were my ancestors located?  What records were kept where? What was the legal status of Jews? To properly research Jewish records there, you’ll need to answer these questions. Roger Lustig specializes in research on Jewish families of Prussian Poland.  He…

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January 2019

Elayne and Steve Denker – Sharing Your Family Genealogy and History

January 6, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Designing and writing a family history book is a great way for you to put together the genealogy records and stories you have gathered, to enable you to share them with your family and with future generations. During this talk, you will learn techniques for organizing information, laying out pages, combining text with images, and using software for creating and self-publishing your book on the Internet or with digital media. Elayne and Steve Denker have researched their family histories and self-published seven hardcover books, including…

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February 2019

The Genealogical Riches of Massachusetts’ Archives, Featuring a Panel of Local Archivists

February 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Representatives of the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston City Archives, the Jewish Heritage Center and the JGSGB describe the records they hold, discuss how these records can be useful in your genealogical research, and explain how you can access them. Marty Crilly is the Archivist for Reference and Outreach at the Boston City Archives, where she manages their outreach program, social media initiatives, research services, and digital records program.  The Archives house Boston municipal records, including photographs and tax, voting, school, and institutional records. John Hannifin is…

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March 2019

Rhoda Miller – Finding Families in the Russian Empire 1795-1917: Census Records and More

March 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Have you ever used the Russian Empire Revision Lists to research your ancestors? The lists contain census type data which may provide you with information not found elsewhere. Rhoda Miller’s presentation will discuss:  How to follow family histories between different Revision Lists and similar documents Research strategies involving multiple languages Historical and geographic changes to the area that is now Ukraine The difference between place of registration and place of residence Dr. Rhoda Miller is a Certified Genealogist, working in Jewish research,…

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May 2019

Lara Diamond – DNA Successes in (and Despite) Endogamy

May 5, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Genetic genealogy is particularly daunting for endogamous populations including Ashkenazi Jews and other groups who have married among themselves for generations.  Trying to identify actual relatives among the mass of distantly-related DNA matches can be frustrating.  Drawing on case studies, Lara Diamond will explain how you can succeed in spite of these obstacles.   Lara Diamond’s work has helped reunify family branches thought to have been killed in the Holocaust. Lara Diamond has researched her roots in Eastern Europe using records from the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. She is…

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June 2019

Neville Frankel – Unearthing Family Lore: Behind the Scenes of a Novelist’s Journey

June 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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Neville Frankel’s works of historical fiction bring to life the stories that he uncovered in researching his family history.  This talk provides an unusual, personal look at the fact-finding process into his ancestry dating back to Latvia, Russia, Germany and South Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries.  His journey puts us in touch with rich family narratives connecting one generation to the next. Neville Frankel is an Emmy award winning writer.  His novel On the Sickle’s Edge was a 2017 National Jewish Book…

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