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January, 2022
Speaker: Madeline Vadkerty In connection with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27 Between 1939 and 1944, thousands of ordinary people wrote to then President Jozef Tiso of the Slovak State about the so-called “Jewish question.” Some wanted mercy from anti-Jewish persecution, others coveted Jewish property. Why did these individuals write to Tiso? How did the President’s Office process the letters? What fates awaited the Jews who wrote to him? In her talk, Madeline Vadkerty will respond to these questions and describe her research at the Slovak National Archive. She will also read some letters to Tiso and discuss their outcomes, as well ...
Speaker: Jeff Edelstein On January 23rd Jeff Edelstein, Digital Initiatives Manager at the JDC Archives, will give a presentation, Czech Records in the JDC Archives Names Index, following Madeline Vadkerty’s featured talk. He will discuss records of Czech Jews recently added to the JDC Archives Names Index. These include an index of Emigration Service Case Files from JDC’s Prague Office, 1945-1950; a set of index cards from JDC’s Vienna Office of Jews who fled Czechoslovakia during the period of the Prague Spring, 1967-1968; and an index of transmigrants from across Eastern Europe who received assistance from JDC in Vienna and Rome ...
February, 2022
Speaker: Ellen Kowitt Enjoy this updated comparative overview of Jewish record collections and research tools found on the global powerhouse websites referred to as “Genealogy Giants.” Comparing Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage, this lecture includes many substantive record examples. Learn how each site can be helpful for documenting Jewish families, and get tips on each site’s best features or challenges. Current JewishGen partnerships with Ancestry and MyHeritage are featured. Prior to the lecture, the speaker will give an update to JewishGen's USA Research Division. Ellen Kowitt (pronounced KO-witt, like KO-dak) is Director of JewishGen’s USA Research Division and National Vice Chair of the ...
March, 2022
Speaker: Nolan Altman Headstone inscriptions provide one of the most important tools for those researching their Jewish genealogical history, patronymic naming. This presentation will familiarize attendees with the evolution of family surnames and the practice of patronymic naming. Recognizing the components of patronymic naming, participants will learn how to take advantage of these clues to link their family through generations.  Nolan will go through an actual case study using headstone inscriptions and will show participants online resources to help find headstone information worldwide. The next part of the presentation will show examples of headstones and what one will find if one takes ...
April, 2022
Speaker: Jakub Czupryński This lecture is dedicated to researchers with Polish roots who would like to expand their searches to less popular archival resources kept in Poland. Answers to some of the most burning family history questions we all have lie hidden in sources accessed by very few. In this lecture Jakub Czupryński will give practical guidelines on how to search for additional family information not covered in the obvious sources, such as vital or census records. He will discuss how we can break through some of the brick walls we all face using such resources as notary and court records ...
June, 2022
Speaker: Paul woodbury This webinar is a joint program of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. Endogamy, or the practice of marrying within the confines of a population due to cultural, religious, linguistic, or geographic isolation, presents challenges for autosomal DNA analysis. Individuals from endogamous populations often share multiple ancestors in common with their DNA matches or descend from the same ancestors multiple times, resulting in higher than expected amounts of shared DNA given their closest genealogical relationships. Learn the research and analysis strategies to overcome the effects of endogamy. Paul is a Research ...