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Sunday, March 7
Jump-Start Your Genealogy Research: Introductory Workshop  (Workshops)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Online Workshop
New to Jewish genealogy or ready to refresh on getting started? This session will cover the basics: how to begin, what types of information to look for, where to find the information, and how to keep it all organized. Presenters are JGSGW members Sue Fialkoff and Michael Snyder, who will offer examples from their decades of genealogical research and suggest resources for further learning. There will be time for Q&A.
 
This workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Workshops are free for JGSGW members but advance registration is a must. Space is limited to 15 attendees in this workshop, so register now by emailing president@jgsgw.org
 
An Intermediate Genealogy Workshop will be offered Sunday, March 14. Only one reservation per member. Register either for the Beginning or the Intermediate Workshop, not both. Both workshops will be repeated in Fall 2021. All participants will receive handouts for their enrolled level. To register, please email president@jgsgw.org with your name, phone number, and which workshop you would like to attend. Upon confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the Zoom link information.


Sunday, March 14
Jump-Start Your Genealogy Research: Intermediate Workshop  (Workshops)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Online Workshop
The presentation will be in two sections. The first, presented by Reneé Carl, JGSGW member and professional genealogist, will provide participants with new ways of approaching research and tools to tackle their brick walls. In the second section, Mary-Jane Roth, JGSGW VP Programs, will address endogamy and ethics in DNA research. A participant in the Intermediate session should have familiarity with: 
  • Census records 
  • Vital records, such as birth, marriage, & death 
  • Ship manifests 
  • Naturalization records
Intermediate participants should have tested or plan to test with at least one of the major DNA companies and reviewed at least session 1 of DNA Boot Camp (free on JGSGW website) or attended other DNA lectures.
 
This workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Workshops are free for JGSGW members but advance registration is a must. Space is limited to 15 attendees in this workshop, so register now by emailing president@jgsgw.org
 
An Introductory Genealogy Workshop will be offered Sunday, March 7. Only one reservation per member. Register either for the Introductory or the Intermediate Workshop, not both. Both workshops will be repeated in Fall 2021. All participants will receive handouts for their enrolled level. To register, please email president@jgsgw.org with your name, phone number, and which workshop you would like to attend. Upon confirmation of your registration, you will be sent the Zoom link information.


Virtual Meeting: Choosing a Genealogy Software – A Comparison
Sunday, March 21
Virtual Meeting: Choosing a Genealogy Software – A Comparison  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
There are several major software companies, and each has slightly different strong points.  This lecture will focus on MyHeritage/Family Tree Builder, and Ancestry/Family Tree Maker, as well as options for Macintosh.  We will examine the advantages of each and show how to build a small family tree, find relevant documents/images, attach these to the tree and build reports and charts.
 
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.) If your membership lapsed recently, please renew online in order to sign in.
 
Speaker:  Chuck Weinstein, 2019 JewishGen Volunteer of the Year, is a Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island and co-chair of the 2016 IAJGS conference in Seattle.  For 25 years he has spoken on a variety of topics in past conferences.  He has done extensive research on the Shoah and is writing a book on a town in Moravia that was devastated by the war.  
 



Virtual Meeting: Finding Berko: Back to 1700 in Eastern Europe
Sunday, April 25
Virtual Meeting: Finding Berko: Back to 1700 in Eastern Europe  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
With just a great grandfather’s name, year of birth, and supposed town of origin, how does an amateur genealogist discover earlier generations? Irene Bowen will explain how that “magic moment” came from organizing and exploring names and relationships in new ways. The first step was to create color-coded mini family trees from dozens of Russian records and 15 towns.  The second was to study patterns of given names through the generations. Persistence, online searches, and strokes of luck also helped.  This program explores a journey back through seven generations and 300 years, to find Berko, along with four other fourth and fifth great grandparents, in a tiny Ukrainian shtetl the family never knew  existed.
 
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: Irene Bowen wants her children and grandchildren to know and appreciate their diverse heritage. A former civil rights attorney and now a consultant and speaker, she is currently chasing ancestors from numerous countries, including Czarist Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, and France. Her love of research, family history, and family stories led her to organize a 2018 trip with four other family members to several ancestral towns of her husband's grandparents in Ukraine, Lithuania, and Belarus. Irene is now completing her first of seven planned family history books, this one weaving in the heritage trip, Jewish history of Russia and Chicago, and her research about the line of her husband’s paternal grandmother.
 



Virtual Meeting: Genealogical Records from the Kingdom of Hungary
Sunday, May 23
Virtual Meeting: Genealogical Records from the Kingdom of Hungary  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
Why should we care about Hungarian records if our ancestors never identified themselves as Hungarian? If they claimed to be from a country adjacent to Hungary (Slovakia or Romania or Ukraine, for example), they might have lived for some time in Hungary – without ever leaving their birthplace. Hungary was a monarchy beginning around the year 1000 and today is the Republic of Hungary. But from the late 18th through the early 20th century, Hungary’s boundaries and sovereignty repeatedly expanded and contracted. During the height of Eastern European immigration to America, Hungary encompassed territory that is now part of 15 different countries. This presentation will review the historical, political, and ethnic factors in play; provide sources for determining whether an ancestor’s birth, marriage, or death occurred in a place that was Hungary at that time but is now a different country; and offer strategies and techniques for determining where records of those events might be today.
 
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:  Mary Ann Evan got her start in genealogy by listening as a child in Cleveland to her grandparents’ stories about “the old country.” In the 1980s she began tracing their paths back to their ancestral villages in Poland and has since visited all four of those villages and found living relatives in three of them. She has made several research trips to Eastern European countries. Mary Ann has been volunteering at the Washington, DC, Family History Center, in Kensington, Maryland, for more than 25 years, specializing in Eastern European countries but also assisting persons researching in many other areas of the world. She has made presentations at local family history conferences and meetings and is presently facilitating an Eastern European Focus group at the Family History Center.
 



Virtual Meeting: Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw
Sunday, June 13
Virtual Meeting: Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
In Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow, renowned linguist and New York Times bestselling author Deborah Tannen pieces together the fascinating puzzle of her father’s life using letters and documents he saved; memories he taped and wrote down for her; and tapes, transcripts and notes from countless hours she spent talking to him about his past. Through writing about her father, she uncovers the many ways that he and his life shaped her own ... His journey from Warsaw’s Hasidic community to New York City is an evocative Jewish story that reflects the tensions of the century in which he lived--and challenges Tannen’s assumptions about her family and herself.
 
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:  Deborah Tannen is on the faculty of the linguistics department at Georgetown University, where she holds the distinguished rank of University Professor. Her best known book is You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years She has been a guest 20/20, PBS NewsHour, Oprah, The Colbert Report, Nightline, and many shows on CNN and NPR  She has been featured in and written for major newspapers and magazines including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, Time, USA Today, and the Harvard Business Review. In addition to her linguistic research and writing, Dr. Tannen has published poems, short stories, and personal essays. Her first play, An Act of Devotion, about returning with her father to Warsaw, his birthplace, is included in The Best American Short Plays: 1993‑1994.