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Navigating Gesher Galicia’s New Website and Updated Research Projects
Sunday, October 15
Navigating Gesher Galicia’s New Website and Updated Research Projects  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Zoom meeting, free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
This year, as Gesher Galicia celebrates its 30th anniversary, it has completely overhauled its website with a new vibrant look and improved functionality focused on Its fresh images and robust capabilities. In this presentation, Shelley Pollero will provide an overview of the website, demonstrate how to navigate the new functions and give an update of Gesher Galicia’s many research projects. You will be able to view features of its members-only content and its membership options. 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom at 1:30 PM EDT, is free for members. This is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
Speaker:  Shelley Kellerman Pollero has guided newcomers to genealogical research for over 50 years. A founding member of Gesher Galicia, she served as its president from 1998 to 2005. Under her leadership, the first Gesher Galicia website was created and its discussion group began. Currently, she is Gesher Galicia’s outgoing membership chair, its PayPal administrator, and the person behind the scenes of many key functions. 
A native New Yorker, Shelley has been a member of JGSGW since 1988 and serves as JRI-Poland’s Zamosc Research Area Coordinator and Zamosc Town Leader. Retired high school world language teacher and department head, she has organized translation services at ten IAJGS conferences and translates Polish and Russian vital records. Shelley is a former president and current board member of the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society in Maryland. She gives talks to local and national groups on a variety of genealogy topics.

No Longer a Dead-End Kid:  Discovering the Ancestry of the Gorceys
Sunday, November 19
No Longer a Dead-End Kid: Discovering the Ancestry of the Gorceys  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Beth El Hebrew Congregation 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA or on Zoom
The Russian Jewish ancestry of the Gorceys was a mystery to their family until recently.  Leo and Bernard Gorcey were famous movie and stage actors in the 1930-1950s and starred in the Dead End Kids and Bowery Boys films. They are also close relatives to David Kathan’s wife. The talk will review the research steps and analysis required to find the original Gorcey surname and Russian town of origin. The talk will also cover the persistence required and the research methodologies and sources used, particularly the FAN Principle. 
This is a Hybrid Meeting! Join us In Person or via Zoom at 1:30 PM EST. Be there in person for snacks and schmoozing or join on Zoom from wherever you are. This program is free to JGSGW members. Non-members may attend for $5 either in person or via Zoom.  Guests may register through the link marked GUEST Event Registration. The Zoom link will be posted in the Members Only Files under Meeting Info & Links. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.)

Speaker: David Kathan is a long-time genealogist and a JGSGW member, with expertise in Colonial American genealogy, Jewish genealogy, and the use of DNA in genealogy. An economist, David recently retired from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he focused on the integration of distributed energy resources into the wholesale electric power system. David initially became interested in genealogy in his teens, but he took a 40-year hiatus to focus on schooling, career, and family. He was stricken by the genealogy bug again in the early 2010s and has been actively researching his lineage along with his wife's Ashkenazi ancestry. David has spoken before several genealogy societies on his research over the years. He has a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and a masters and doctorate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.