October 2016


October 16, 2016 at Temple Emanuel, Newton

10:00 am – noon
Beginners Workshop in Jewish Genealogy
Presenters: Carol Clingan and Debra Lerner
$10 for members, $15 non-members (includes visitor fee for 1:30 pm program).
Buffet lunch
Catered and kosher. By advance registration only. Payment must be received by Monday, October 10.  Lunch cannot be purchased at the event.  $18.
1:30 pm
The Genealogical Value of Jewish Burial Records
Speaker: Nolan Altman
All Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will meet.
More info

October 30, 2016
9:00 am – noon

Workshop on Polish Records Research
Presenter: Stanley Diamond, JRI-Poland
JGSGB members only, $15, 30 person limit, registration closed.
2:00 – 4:00 pm at Temple Emanuel Newton
Research Sunday
Individual help from experienced researchers and language translators.
Register in advance by October 26. JGSGB members only. New members may join at the door.


Finding the Stories of Your Ancestors

October 12, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
More Than Just Tally Marks: Getting the Most Out of the 1790-1840 U.S. Federal Census
October 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
DNA Day: Everything You Need to Know About Genetic Testing for Genealogy
Presented by American Ancestors and AncestryDNA
October 22, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, $75 seminar & lunch; $50 seminar only
DCU Center, Worcester, MA.
Organizing Your Family History Research
October 24, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, registration required
Newton Free Library, Newton

More info

Exhibit: From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America
October 2016 – January 2017

New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 99 Newbury Street, Boston
Open Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 9-9, Thursday – Saturday 9-5
Call for more information and to confirm times: 617-226-1200



Aha! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research
Presenter: Ron Arons
October 5, 2:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinar, register in advance
More info

FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver’s Great Trifecta

Presenter: Elizabeth Shown Mills   
October 7, 12:15 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinar, register in advance
More info

When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records

Presenter: Judy Russell
October 7, 6:00 pm
Legacy Family Tree Webinar, register in advance
More info

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

October 26 and 27, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

YIVO – two online courses

Discovering Ashkenaz: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe with Prof. Samuel Kassow

Folksong, Demons, and the Evil Eye: Folklore of Ashkenaz with Prof. Itzik Gottesman
More info


Three Research Sundays will be offered this program year: October 30, January 29 and April 30. These sessions offer individual assistance with research questions, help with translating documents in several foreign languages, and time to explore our extensive research library and map collection.  JGSGB members only.  New members may join at the door.

Wishing you a sweet and genealogically fruitful New Year.  L’Shanah Tovah!

Please send items for the next newsletter by October 15 to newsletter@jgsgb.org