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Experiencing Ellis Island as My Family Did
Sunday, January 23
Experiencing Ellis Island as My Family Did  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
Almost twenty-five years ago, PBS first aired Ancestors, a genealogy series. Their fourth episode was called “The Paper Trail,”  which explored the Ellis Island Experience. In 1994 Barry Nove’s budding interest in his family history and his professional life intersected and helped make that episode possible.
 
A Jewish communal professional with UJA-Federation of New York at the time, Barry coordinated the first family re-enactment tour of Ellis Island, sponsored as a Young Leadership program. The event was filmed by KBYU PBS as background imagery for their documentary series Ancestors. The episode featured John Phillip Colletta, author of We Came In Ships, and Rafael Guber, President of the Sepia Guild, who was the key organizer of the tour. Barry will share the behind-the-scenes experience that let him not only understand what the immigrant experience at Ellis Island was like, but what he did to help replicate it for the 120 people who got off the boat and enacted the experience.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is a members-only event. It is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Notes and Handouts in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker:  Barry Nove is the Executive Director of Agudas Achim Congregation of Northern Virginia and is the author of The Ellis Island Experience: A Sampling of Stories and How to Research Your Own, a book he could never have written if he had not coordinated this unforgettable and unique tour of Ellis Island.



Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know
Sunday, February 27
Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
Confused by your ancestors' documents, which sometimes say Austria and sometimes Poland? Chances are that those ancestors originated in Galicia - a region that was part of the Austrian Empire for almost 150 years and is now part of southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. This talk will cover where and what was Galicia, unique marriage and naming traditions that so often lead researchers astray, how to identify and locate your towns and learn their past and current names, understanding record-keeping practices in Galicia, sources for Galician research, resources available from Gesher Galicia and more. 
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is a members-only event. It is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Notes and Handouts in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker:  Shelley Kellerman Pollero, a native New Yorker and longtime Maryland resident, has been active in genealogical research for over 50 years.  An early member of Gesher Galicia, she was its president from 1998 to 2005 and has been an active board member and Membership Chair since then. She and Renée Stern Steinig have co-presented their Galicia Basics talk at the past six IAJGS conferences. 
Shelley is Jewish Records Indexing-Poland’s Zamosc Research Area Coordinator and has led Lublin & Zamosc Area BOFs at IAJGS conferences since 2002. Retired high school world language teacher and department head, Shelley has organized translation services at six IAJGS conferences and has translated Polish and Russian vital records.
A member of JGSGW since 1988, and others since then, Shelley is a former president and current board member of Anne Arundel (MD) Genealogical Society. For over a year during the 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic, she taught weekly genealogy classes via Zoom for members of Temple Beth Shalom (Arnold, MD). She advises and lectures to area groups on a variety of genealogy topics.



Using Facial Recognition Tools for Genealogical Research
Sunday, March 20
Using Facial Recognition Tools for Genealogical Research  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
Photographs have always been a genealogical challenge because, unlike more conventional sources such as vital records, they do not impart clear data. Most often we simply attach the picture to our trees and then leave it there. Often some of these photos include unknown relatives or friends who it would be useful to identify. Starting in 2019, Scott began using facial recognition via artificial intelligence / machine learning methods to identify unknown people in photographs using large libraries of passport-like images currently available online. Since then Scott has been creating custom collections of photos for genealogical research. Michael, using Scott's techniques, has created a town-based collection of 800+ images in support of his volunteer work with the Kremenets District Research Group. Michael has since replicated this process for other towns. This presentation will be a detailed demonstration of these techniques and discussion of the commitment required.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is a members-only event. It is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Notes and Handouts in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speakers:  Scott Genzer and I. Michael Snyder
Image: Getty Images