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January 2017

Two Talks: Sharon Zane – The Art of Taking an Oral History and Fay Bussgang – How I Put Together a Memoir

January 8 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Oral histories can be a powerful tool for genealogists. This talk will present techniques of taking a good oral history: what to do and what not do, interviewing tips, how to handle sound equipment, the types of recording equipment available and how to handle them. Case studies drawn from the speaker’s own research will demonstrate how information, casual remarks, and other clues gathered in oral history interviews can lead to exciting, life-changing discoveries. Sharon Zane has been an oral historian…

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February 2017

ChaeRan Freeze – Everyday Jewish Life in Tsarist Russia

February 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Brandeis professor and author, ChaeRan Freeze will talk about the subject of her latest book, Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia. This book makes accessible—for the first time in English—declassified archival documents from the former Soviet Union, rabbinic sources, as well as previously untranslated memoirs. They provide a new perspective on the history of the Jews of Russia from the beginning of the nineteenth century to World War I. These sources focus on religion, family, health, sexuality, work, and politics,…

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March 2017

Jewish Genealogy:
Discover Your Family History

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Register here The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, in conjunction with Hebrew College, is offering its award-winning course on how to research your Jewish family history. Eight Wednesday evenings March 1 - April 26, 2017 (excludes April 12) 7:00 - 9:30 pm at Hebrew College in Newton Tuition $250. Class limited to 24 students.         "Terrific course. Lots of great info useful to all levels of researchers... All the lecturers were well-prepared, engaging and stimulating... I loved…

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Glenn Kurtz – Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

March 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Traveling in Europe shortly before World War II, the speaker’s grandfather captured three minutes of ordinary life in the small, predominantly Jewish town of Nasielsk. These few minutes of home movies have become a memorial to an entire community and culture annihilated in the Holocaust. Glenn Kurtz will show his grandfather’s film and present his own four-year search to locate survivors worldwide and reconstruct his grandfather’s town. Glenn Kurtz described his journey in Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost…

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Shai Carmi – The Genetic Ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews

March 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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What can we learn from genetics about the origins of Ashkenazi Jews?  Where did we come from?  Are we all related?  What has been discovered about our founding population?  Can DNA analysis tell which people are Ashkenazi Jews?  Why is it so hard to find our relatives using DNA?  What are the medical consequences?  Shai Carmi will share answers, uncertainties and myths relating to these and other questions. Dr. Shai Carmi is on the Faculty of Medicine at The Hebrew…

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April 2017

Megan Lewis – Holocaust Research: Online Resources at the U.S. Holocaust Museum

April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Megan Lewis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will present the museum’s genealogical resources and how to access this information, much of which is online. The collections include original source material from the personal collections of Holocaust survivors and victims including letters and official documents such as passports and diplomas; an extensive photograph archive; and oral histories. A database with names and data of Holocaust victims and survivors is also searchable online. Megan Lewis is a well-known reference librarian at the…

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May 2017

Genie Milgrom – From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: My Search for Jewish Roots; and How to Trace Your ‘New Christian’ Ancestors (2 lectures)

May 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Born in Cuba to a Catholic family, Genie Milgrom has brilliantly  traced her maternal lineage back 600 years to the Jews of pre-Inquisition Portugal and Spain. In her first talk, she will present her amazing personal journey to uncover her Jewish origins. In her second talk, she will describe the Catholic, notarial and Inquisition records that led to her discovery and ultimately persuaded Rabbinic authorities to recognize her Jewish identity. Genie Milgrom served as President of the Society for Crypto…

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Jonathan Shea – Polish Records: I Found It! But What Does It Say?

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA 01702 United States
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This program is co-sponsored by the JGSGB and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts 19th Century records from Poland written in Polish or Russian can be difficult to translate. Formats vary and grammatical features often confuse English speakers. Various types of vital records will be reviewed and a sample record will be examined in depth. Templates can be used to identify key information. Phonetic features of Polish surnames will be identified to help explain common misspellings when names are translated…

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June 2017

Family History Books and Heirlooms Fair

June 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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You are invited to participate in our 2nd annual Family History Books and Heirlooms Fair at our monthly program on June 11th at Temple Emanuel. Please bring: Family history books, booklets and scrapbooks you’ve created to be viewed by and to inspire your fellow genealogists! Family heirlooms that have connected you to your ancestors, along with explanatory captions. On June 11th: Drop off your items between 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, and reclaim them from 4 - 5 pm The…

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Judy Baston – Researching Your Lithuanian Roots

June 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Presented in Partnership with the Vilna Shul Annual Meeting and Elections Will Precede Lecture Did your ancestors come from Lithuania?  Do you want to know more about your Litvak heritage?  Judy Baston will present an overview of the LitvakSIG website and related resources, including the All Lithuania Database (with its 1.5 million translated records), district research groups, JewishGen and Yad Vashem.  Learn how to determine what records are available, how best to access the information, and how to optimize searches…

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July 2017

37th IAJGS Int. Conference on Jewish Genealogy

July 23 - July 28
Walt Disney World Swan Resort, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Orlando, FL United States
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Don’t miss the 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, our annual reunion of top Jewish genealogists! Sponsored by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando, the Conference will be held on the grounds of Walt Disney World, at the The Disney World Swan Resort at 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL. Reserve a place for yourself at this summer’s conference! It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 ! First, visit our…

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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

Beginner’s Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Carol Clingan Debbie Lerner Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. The second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you can use it to tell your family…

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Two-part Program by Mary Roddy: FamilyBrowse: Another Way to Use FamilySearch.org and A Nose for 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.org 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. Family Browse Handout 4 pages Family Browse Handout 12 pages A Nose for News Newspapers are a rich source for getting beyond dates and places. This presentation…

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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 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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November 2017

Two-part Program by Shellee Morehead: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test

November 19 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Introduction to Genetic Genealogy See what DNA tests are available, the pros and cons of DNA testing and which test might be right for you. Genetic genealogy tests are compared, including examples of the results received, and the tools that are available at the company websites for the analysis of those results. The pros and cons of each company's test are described, and some third party websites for DNA analysis are demonstrated. Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test Already…

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December 2017

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

December 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 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 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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Two-part Program: Michael Marx – Beyond Search: More Google Tools for Genealogy and Spotlight Talk: The Jewish-Cape Verde Connection: From the Inquisition to the Present

January 21, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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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 genealogy…

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February 2018

Two-part Program: Daniel Horowitz – Plan Your Roots Trip to Eastern Europe and Panel – What to Expect from the 2018 Jewish Genealogy Conference in Warsaw

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 Shuchat – Life Under the Tsars: Registration, Residence and Exit Routes

March 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Records from the Russian Empire show that people were often registered as citizens of one town but lived in another. What was the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union?  How were people divided into social estates?  How did our ancestors obtain steamship tickets and travel from their shtetls to the steamship ports?  How can these records and historical knowledge help us trace our families before they emigrated?   Alan Shuchat is…

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