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2021
May, 2021
Speaker: Marian Smith Marian Smith will present an overview of three historical eras (1820-Present) of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she will demonstrate how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Marian Smith retired in 2018 after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She now speaks to groups on US immigration and ...
June, 2021
Speaker: Renee Steinig In the course of decades of genealogical research for family, friends, clients, and, occasionally, complete strangers, Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" — cases of mental illness, illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. A Viennese refugee whose baby was born in a New York State psychiatric hospital; a suburban businessman who led two lives; a Romanian immigrant hanged — or so his family thought — for "stealing horses;" a Jewish GI's love affair in Belgium during World War II; a young woman who married, had a baby, then ...
September, 2021
Speaker: Joel Weintraub  The U.S. 1950 census will become public on April 1, 2022.  Joel will prepare us for its debut by covering what is a census, who uses the census, census caveats, how the 1950 census was taken, training of enumerators, enumerator instruction manuals, census sampling, 1950 population and housing forms, census questions, post enumeration codes, 1950 undercount, and a summary of the results.  Joel will conclude with a discussion on his and Steve Morse’s 1950 census locational tools, online right now at the stevemorse.org website.  Those 1950 utilities took almost 8 years to produce with the help of under ...
October, 2021
Speaker: Paul Woodbury This webinar is a joint program of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society DNA test results are constantly changing, so trying to organize them can feel like aiming for a moving target. In this webinar, learn to organize your results around clear research objectives in order to isolate, prioritize, analyze, and correlate the genetic data most pertinent to your research. This webinar is open to the public during the live session. It will be recorded for NYG&B member access and audio will be accessible to JGSNY members on their website. A handout ...