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February 2016

Bernard P. Fishman and Dr. George L. Mutter – Historic 3-D Photographs of Jewish Communities in Europe and the Ottoman Empire Before WWI

February 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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We will be treated to a virtual tour of the vanished Jewish world before the mass migrations of the early 20th century, as seen through never-before-shown historic stereo photographs more than a century old. These images, taken between 1860 and 1915, will be shown in actual 3-D as they were originally meant to be seen. A Jewish universe of diversity and tradition will be revealed in its complexities and contradictions, spanning the cities of Western Europe, the shtetls of Eastern…

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March 2016

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

March 1 @ 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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Joseph Lovett – Children of the Inquisition

March 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Program description coming soon. To view/download/print this year's schedule, click here for the year at a glance. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Research Help 12:30 pm - come early to join the following discussion groups: Bessarabia Special Interest Group Litvak-Baltic Special Interest Group Poland Special Interest Group 3:30 pm - stay after the lecture to join the following discussion groups: Belarus Special Interest Group Ukraine Special Interest Group

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April 2016

Janette Silverman – Two Talks: Ukrainian Research and Online Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

April 3 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Our speaker will make two presentations - a lecture on Ukrainian research, followed by a shorter spotlight talk about online Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Finding records about our Ukrainian ancestors presents special challenges and obstacles, including the recent political situation in Ukraine. Janette Silverman will draw on her travels to Ukraine, research in several Ukrainian archives, and experience with other Ukrainian resources to show us how to navigate this difficult terrain. She will also present several ways of doing Ukrainian…

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Research Sunday

April 10 @ 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 20-minute scheduled appointments • Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments • Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for JGSGB members only, however new members may join at the door. Detailed instructions for signing up for appointments will be provided…

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May 2016

Books of Residents & Other Valuable Polish Records

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Durant-Kenrick House,
286 Waverley Avenue
Newton, MA 02458 United States
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Co-Sponsored by JGSGB and the Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston There are many valuable genealogical resources in Poland beyond vital records, some of which are now available online. The most informative are Books of Residents (Księgi Ludności). These are 19th–20th century municipal registration books that have survived for many towns. They contain detailed information about all the inhabitants in each household who had their legal residence in that community. Other useful documents include business directories, passport and I.D. applications,…

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Andrew Zalewski – Galician Portraits: Jews, Gentiles and Emperors

May 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Austrian Galicia (1772–1918) once spanned parts of today’s Poland and Ukraine. Andrew Zalewski’s story covers centuries of Jewish history in the region, before and after Galicia existed. Large cities, small towns, and tiny farming villages are the tale’s backdrop. In them, people from a variety of ethnic groups lived alongside a large community of Israelites. Dr. Zalewski illustrates his talk with archival pictures of Galicia, genealogical findings, and old maps of Galicia. Dr. Andrew Zalewski is a cardiologist who has…

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June 2016

Mike Karsen – Liven Up Your Family History With Images

June 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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A family history can contain phenomenal research with every event documented with precision, but yet no one is interested in reading it.  This is a likely outcome when the history consists mainly of names, dates and text.  If we want our painstaking work to be appreciated, it needs to be a vehicle for “time travel,” taking us back to the days when our grandparents and great-grandparents lived and raised their families. The use of contemporary images can bring histories to…

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