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February 2015

Sheila Green and Beverly Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion

February 8 @ 1:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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If you are planning  a family reunion or even just thinking about the possibility, this workshop will provide many ideas and suggestions that should make the planning process easier and lead to an enjoyable reunion experience for all. Beverley Olsberg and Sheila Green will share what they learned when they each planned their successful family reunions. Beverley will transport you to Zambia, her birthplace and the site of her 1996 family reunion. Sheila will share the processes and techniques she…

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

February 18 @ 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 7th year starting Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  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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Plucking Stories from the Family Tree and Scrivener Software, a Tool for Writing Your Family History

February 22 @ 1:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Plucking Stories from the Family Tree Speaker: Suzette Martinez Standring Stories of adventure, courage, or quirkiness make ancestors come alive, and help us to understand much about ourselves. A one-page written snapshot preserves a milestone, or experiences from a different era, or details of a special person as a lasting treasure. Such a written remembrance to family and friends can be a unique gift.  Suzette Martinez Standring will illustrate how we can create stories that linger on the minds of…

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March 2015

Allan Jordan – Finding Family History in Probate Records

March 15 @ 1:30 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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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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May 2015

Ellen Cassedy – Jewish Life in Lithuania Before the War

May 17 @ 1:30 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
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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