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2018
January, 2018
  Speaker: Hadassah Lipsius   Warsaw is the capital of Poland and in the onset of World War II, had the largest population of Jews in all of Europe. Hadassah Lipsius will present a lecture about genealogy research in Warsaw and specifically research of your Warsaw family. Sources include; vital record research, newspaper announcements, business directories, homeowners lists, cemetery records, notarial records as well as business records and much more. This lecture will review the sources, show examples and provide aides and tips in how to perform your search.   Postscript: The 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held in Warsaw, Poland between ...
February, 2018
  Speaker: Eric Silverman What could be more mundane that clothing? Yet old Jewish garments can illustrate the complex social worlds in which Jews have always lived. For most of Jewish history, clothing represented a tension between dressing Jewish and dressing like everybody else. Clothing, that is, communicated messages about the different ways one could be Jewish in particular eras. This was especially true in the late-19th and early 20th-centuries, precisely the era in which the ancestors of most American Jews migrated to the United States. This talk, lavishly illustrated with images, show how we can ‘read’ the clothing in old Jewish ...
March, 2018
Speaker: Sarina Roffé Presented by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and co-sponsored by the JGS.   Branching Out From Sepharad outlines the history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 Expulsion, the history of Jews in Syria, and follows them to the Americas. Biographies and genealogies of rabbinic families include the Kassins and Labatons, as neighbors in Vallodlid, and Hedayas, as well as genealogies of their related families (Attia, Dabah, Mizrahi). The book is footnoted and can be used as a source for research. Jointly sponsored with JGS. the author Sarina Roffé will discuss her work, its significance, and will be available for questions after ...
Speaker: Fred Voss   From 1892 to 1954, more than 12.5 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—whom nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell? This talk will explore the personal, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of those who came ...
April, 2018
Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Shandler This lecture examines the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive as a major project of public memory situated in a series of contexts: Jewish ethnographies, public memory projects at the turn of the millennium, and the different media used to document the Holocaust. Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.  He received a PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.  Shandler has also been a visiting scholar at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Center, Tel Aviv University; the Center for Religion and ...
May, 2018
  Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks   GenealogyIndexer.org is a free website for searching 1 million+ pages of historical European directories (business, address, telephone), yizkor books, Galician secondary school reports, military documents, and more. Containing many millions of personal names – often with towns, street addresses, and occupations, and sometimes with vital dates or patronymics – most of the 2,000+ sources are not searchable elsewhere. This talk will focus on recently added sources and new search functionality. The use of directories in the Warsaw property restitution process will also be discussed briefly. Recipient of the IAJGS 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish ...
June, 2018
An informal discussion with today's speaker Mark Halpern about Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, including Galician records. Please bring your questions and your lunch!
Speaker: Mark Halpern   A great many Galician researchers have acquired family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine. Images of many of these records can now be found online. Over the last seventeen years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers.   This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. A historical perspective showing the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping and how regulations on civil marriages impacted the legitimacy and surnames ...
August, 2018
  Speaker: Daniel Horowitz   Learn how to access genealogical resources and other useful online databases available in Israel to find your relatives. Every day more genealogical, historical and other types of useful databases are released on the Web. Israel has a number of websites and digital resources that can be searched via the Internet in English and Hebrew. A fast introduction to the Hebrew language, the keywords needed and the translation tools available will help you find information on people who were born, lived or died in Israel.   Daniel Horowitz was the teacher and study guide editor for 15 years of ...
October, 2018
  The JGS is offering our members the opportunity for private consultations with expert genealogists immediately before our general meeting on the 21st of October. You must sign up in advance to take advantage of this offer! From 12:30 to 1:30 in the Kovno Room on the 2nd floor at the Center for Jewish History, our experts will be available to speak individually with a small number of members about their research questions. Each consultation will be limited to 15 minutes. If you'd like the chance to brainstorm with a JGS expert, reserve a spot by sending an email to lauren@kinfindernyc.com. ...