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March 2015

Allan Jordan – Finding Family History in Probate Records

March 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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Probate, which includes wills and estate records, is an interesting topic because it’s not a source people immediately think about, but the files are rich with information and can provide routes around research roadblocks. In his presentation, Allan Jordan explores: what is a Probate file; how to determine if someone was likely to have Probate records; how to go about finding the record; and what you may find searching in a Probate record. He will review the ins and outs…

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Research Sunday

March 29 @ 2:00 am - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Join us for our 3rd Research Sunday, following our highly successful initial sessions in November and January. At Research Sundays, you have the opportunity to consult with experienced researchers to help you with your research questions and help you look for specific documents. You could also sit with a strategist to help you decide next steps and/or help you break down a brick wall. You can also spend time examining our extensive collection of reference books and maps. We will…

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April 2015

Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Jewish Genealogy’s Other Side: Sephardic Research

April 12 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Journalist Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a genealogist, international speaker and instructor. She is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com, and editor and contributor to the MyHeritage blog. Her noted articles have appeared in Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, Hadassah, JTA, and other media. The former Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist (“It’s All Relative,” 1999-2005) is an award-winning pioneer Jewish genealogy blogger (Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog; since 2006), and contributed the Jewish genealogy chapter to the Family Tree Guidebook…

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Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Belarus Research and My Sephardic Roots

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Journalist Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a genealogist, international speaker and instructor. She is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com, and editor and contributor to the MyHeritage blog. Her noted articles have appeared in Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, Hadassah, JTA, and other media. The former Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist (“It’s All Relative,” 1999-2005) is an award-winning pioneer Jewish genealogy blogger (Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog; since 2006), and contributed the Jewish genealogy chapter to the Family Tree Guidebook…

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NERGC 2015

April 15 @ 8:00 am - April 18 @ 5:00 pm
The Rhode Island Convention Center,
One Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903 United States
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Navigating the Past: Sailing into the Future The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, Inc. (NERGC) invites you to join us at our thirteenth genealogical conference 15-18 April 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The Convention Center offers outstanding facilities, amenities, and service in an easy-to-reach location. It is conveniently located in the heart of historic Providence — the only US city to be named “one of the Top Ten Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations in the World”…

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May 2015

Ellen Cassedy – Jewish Life in Lithuania Before the War

May 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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Jews in “the land of the Litvaks” lived alongside their  non-Jewish neighbors for nearly seven centuries before the Holocaust. Ellen Cassedy, author of the award-winning We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2012), explores a rich cultural history, including the social structure of a multi-cultural world, the daily lives of women and men in villages, towns, and cities, and the dreams, aspirations, and challenges faced by our ancestors. Ellen Cassedy traces her Jewish family history…

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June 2015

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn – Clued-In: Case Studies from The Photo Genealogist & Annual Meeting

June 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Gann Academy,
333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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Can you recognize the clues that our ancestors left us in their photographic portraits? Ava (Sherlock) Cohn, the Jewish genealogy sleuth, will explore how and why it is important to find the clues our ancestors left us in their photographic portraits. The program leads off with a definition of photo genealogy and explodes common myths about dating Jewish photos. Participants will learn what clues an expert looks for, how to organize your approach to dating and interpreting photos and how…

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