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January 2015

Adam Brown – Collaborative Genealogy: A Revolutionary New Approach to Building Our Family Trees

January 11, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Collaborative genealogy is a process in which many researchers contribute to a common, extended family tree. Adam Brown will describe the ways in which Internet sites and social networking have already begun to bridge the gap between the collaborative trees, the family-specific trees, and the large record and DNA databases hosted by organizations such as JewishGen. As we take advantage of these exciting new developments over the next few years, our opportunities for making breakthroughs in building our family trees will…

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Research Sunday

January 25, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Join us for our 2nd Research Sunday, following our highly successful initial session in November. At Research Sundays, you have the opportunity to consult with experienced researchers to help you with your research questions and time to examine our extensive collection of reference books and maps. At this session, we are introducing a new service - translations of documents. We will provide skilled translators in different languages at each Research Sunday. At this session, we will have translation services available…

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February 2015

Sheila Green and Beverly Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion

February 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 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, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Schelly Talalay Dardashti will introduce the growing field of Sephardic research, surveying websites, discussion groups, books, journals, conferences, archives and libraries, ongoing research projects, researchers, and DNA projects. She will include information on the Sephardic presence in Eastern Europe, a topic that has not been explored widely by researchers.   Pioneer Jewish genealogy columnist (Jerusalem Post, "It's All Relative," 1999-2005) and blogger ("Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog," since 2006)  Schelly Talalay Dardashti is the US Genealogy Advisor for…

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Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Belarus Research and My Sephardic Roots

April 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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In her second talk, Schelly Talalay Dardashti will cover the resources available for searching for family from Belarus. She will overview key historical events and their impact on the Jewish community. Finally she will discuss Mogilev and its Jews, presenting family trees, family archival records, and photos that focus on the Sephardic connection in Mogilev.   Pioneer Jewish genealogy columnist (Jerusalem Post, “It’s All Relative,” 1999-2005) and blogger (“Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog,” since 2006)  Schelly Talalay Dardashti…

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NERGC 2015

April 15, 2015 @ 8:00 am - April 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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$150

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference will take place April 15-18, 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 in the heart of historic Providence, one hour from Boston. Our Society is one of the co-sponsors of this conference which is held every two years. With over 95 lectures to choose from in two and-a-half days, and with levels ranging from beginner to expert,…

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May 2015

Donate Your Books!

May 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Do you have books on Jewish history, religion or culture that you’d like to donate?  A newly-restored Jewish cultural center in the Azores has asked for our help in obtaining books.  Please bring your books to our program at Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel on Sunday, May 17 from noon to 4 pm. Persons wishing to donate books who can’t get to the program this Sunday should contact Candice to make other arrangements. A synagogue building in the Azores, founded in…

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Ellen Cassedy – Jewish Life in Lithuania Before the War

May 17, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 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. Click here to download handout Ellen Cassedy…

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June 2015

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

June 7, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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What can we learn from our ancestors' photos? Ava (Sherlock) Cohn, the Jewish genealogy sleuth, explores how and why it is important to find the clues our ancestors left us in their photographic portraits. Sherlock defines photo genealogy and explodes common myths about dating Jewish photos. Learn what clues an expert looks for, how to organize an approach to dating and interpreting photos and how to match photo information with vital records. Sherlock presents two of her challenging cases to…

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July 2015

35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

July 6, 2015 @ 8:00 am - July 10, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Multiple tracks, great lectures, the best and latest in Jewish genealogy. Optional Shabbaton Weekend (Fri-Sat) and Exploration Sunday with tours and programs. July 6 - 10, 2015 Ramada Jerusalem Hotel Jerusalem, Israel Click here for more information.

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September 2015

Phyllis Kramer – Passenger Manifests and the Immigrant Voyage

September 27, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Our first of three Research Sundays for the 2015-2016 season is fast approaching. We hope you’ll take advantage of this day and make a reservation to get some help. See below for the choices. Please be aware that the number of experts we'll have on hand is dependent on the number of reservations that are made in advance…so don’t wait…make a date!! If you can’t make it for this one, the others will be on January 31, 2016 and April…

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November 2015

Annual Lecture: The Scroll and the Cross: Jewish Genealogy in Latin America – Ilan Stavans

November 8, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Our 9th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy, co-sponsored by Hebrew College and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. With a population of close to half a million, the Jews of Latin America are a microcosm of parallel diasporas. A portion dates back to the colonial period and is defined by a converso identity, another traces its roots to the Pale of Settlement, and yet another one is linked to the Ottoman Empire. These disparate family trees result in a…

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Allan Chernoff – The Lost Society of Polish Jewry

November 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street
Newton, MA United States
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Co-sponsored by the Newton Free Library and JGSGB. Day to day Jewish life in pre-war and wartime Poland is captured in authentic detail by Allan Chernoff in his book, The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews, co-written with his mother, a Holocaust survivor. Polish Jewry has a deep and distinctive history in Poland. Chernoff will present intimate descriptions of Polish Jewry's prewar society, including its cultural, social, religious, business and political dimensions. He will also examine myths of…

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Sheila Green and Beverley Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion

November 22, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 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

Karen Franklin and William Weitzer – German Jewish Research: New Strategies and New Opportunities

December 13, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Click here for recent WBUR interview with Arther Obermayer. Karen Franklin will show us how to “get into the archives” to find our German-Jewish ancestors.  She will explore how to mine the archives for family collections, correspondence and interviews, and will demonstrate research techniques with case studies.  She will also describe the extraordinary Obermayer German Jewish History Awards, established by Arthur Obermayer, a long-time member of our Society and a leader of the American Jewish Historical Society. These awards are…

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