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September 2015

Phyllis Kramer – Passenger Manifests and the Immigrant Voyage

September 27 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Gann Academy,
333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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Many of us have found our immigrant ancestors on the passenger manifests of the ships that brought them to the U.S. Others among us are still searching. But even when we find the manifest, it does not tell the whole story of the immigrant voyage. Phyllis Kramer will show us how our ancestors got their tickets and traveled to the ports of embarkation, what documents came with them, and how U.S. immigration laws affected their lives. She’ll also provide tips…

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October 2015

Steve Morse – Two Lectures: One-Step Webpages and A Case Study

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hebrew College,
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Join us for a special double program with Steve Morse, the man who created the “One-Step” research tool that gives novice and experienced genealogists the key to Ellis Island and Castle Garden databases and much more. Morning lecture at 11 AM One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools Steve Morse initially created the “One-Step” website as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  He later expanded it to search the 1930 Census. He has continued to…

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Research Sunday

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Due to the enthusiastic response to our Research Sundays last year, we will be offering three more Research Sundays in the 2015-16 program year. They will take place on October 25, 2015, January 31, 2016, and April 10, 2016. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: • Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 20-minute scheduled appointments • Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments • Examine our extensive research collection…

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November 2015

Alan Chernoff – The Lost Society of Polish Jewry

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newton Free Library,
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA United States
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Day to day Jewish life in pre-war and wartime Poland is captured in authentic detail by Alan Chernoff in his book, The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews, co-written with his mother, a Holocaust survivor. Polish Jewry dates back a thousand years and had many distinctive features. Chernoff will present an overview of this history as well as intimate descriptions of this lost society, including its cultural, social, religious, business and political dimensions. He will also examine myths…

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Sheila Green and Beverley Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion

November 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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You’ve now identified members of your extended family through your research, but how do you put all that work to practical use? If you are planning a family reunion or even just thinking about one, this workshop will provide numerous ideas and suggestions to make the planning process easier and lead to a more enjoyable experience for all. JGSGB members, Beverley Olsberg and Sheila Green, will share what they learned when they planned successful family reunions. Beverley will transport you to…

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December 2015

Arthur Obermayer – Uncovering 500 Years of My German Jewish Roots

December 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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How far back can you trace your family ancestry? Arthur Obermayer was able to trace his lineage back for over 500 years! He will take us on a genealogical journey that used modern technology and a variety of techniques and resources to expand on his father’s interest in genealogy. He used information from family records, tombstone inscriptions, the tax collector’s route, Y-DNA, mt-DNA, state and city archives, relatives’ trees, memory books and a well-established lineage.  In 2009, he published a…

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January 2016

Research Sunday

January 31, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Due to the enthusiastic response to our Research Sundays last year, we will be offering three more Research Sundays in the 2015-16 program year. They will take place on October 25, 2015, January 31, 2016, and April 10, 2016. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: • Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 20-minute scheduled appointments • Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments • Examine our extensive research collection…

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March 2016

JGSGB Genealogy Course at Hebrew College: Foundations of Jewish Genealogical Research (registration required)

March 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hebrew College,
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston will be offering its award-winning, intensive introductory course on Jewish Genealogy for the 8th year starting Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  The course is designed to provide serious adult students with the skills and knowledge to research their Jewish family origins. It is taught at Hebrew College in Newton  by experts from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. The course includes relevant world history and geography, research methodology and strategies, and guidance in…

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April 2016

Research Sunday

April 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Due to the enthusiastic response to our Research Sundays last year, we will be offering three more Research Sundays in the 2015-16 program year. They will take place on October 25, 2015, January 31, 2016, and April 10, 2016. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: • Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 20-minute scheduled appointments • Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments • Examine our extensive research collection…

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