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September 2017

Tammy Hepps – The Ancestor Deep Dive: How to Find Out Everything There is to Possibly Know About Your Ancestors

September 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street
Newton, MA 02458 United States
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JGSGB Members are invited to bring a friend for free to this program! Too often, we do ancestral research by relying on the usual sources such as Ancestry.com. Tammy Hepps brings a fresh perspective that takes advantage of the latest technology. She will show us how to plan our research based on what we want to know, and how to find sources most  likely to contain the information we are seeking.  Using a systematic approach and a case study, she…

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October 2017

Mary Roddy – Two Lectures: FamilyBrowse: Another Way to Use Family Search and A Nose for the 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 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 20-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

DNA Program with Shellee Morehead

November 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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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 an episode of Danish…

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December 2017

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

December 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 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 20-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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Michael Marx – Discover New Ways Free Google Features Can Be Used for Genealogy

January 21, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location TBA, MA United States + Google Map

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 followed by Panel Discussion – What to Expect from the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference

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 Schuchat – Living In and Leaving the Russian Empire: Registration, Residence and Exit Routes

March 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location TBA, MA United States + Google Map

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April 2018

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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Exciting all-day event. More details to follow soon.

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May 2018

Joshua Mendes – From Spain to Amsterdam and Beyond: The World of Western Sephardim

May 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 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

Joel Weintraub – Two Lectures: 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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