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In-person Author Talk and Book Signing with Linda Broenniman
Sunday, March 10
In-person Author Talk and Book Signing with Linda Broenniman  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
A box found among the ashes of a house fire launched Linda Broenniman on a quest to discover the truth behind her family’s biggest secret – that her Catholic father was actually Jewish. Broenniman tells the story of how she pieced together the astonishing history of eight generations of ancestors – the Politzer family – and their remarkable lives almost lost to her father’s buried past.
Dating back to 18th century Hungary, "The Politzer Saga" is a tale of highly accomplished doctors, entrepreneurs and industrialists, artists and musicians and art collectors who lived, suffered, and prevailed through significant events in the world around them. Today, a permanent exhibition of the same name resides on the 3rd floor of the Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest!
Join author Linda Broenniman as she brings each character to life with luminescent clarity in her poignant narrative. JGSGW VP of Programs, Mary-Jane Roth, will interview Linda about her diligent research to uncover her Jewish ancestry.
This program is presented in partnership with the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia. Light refreshments will be served. A book sale and signing will take place after the presentation.

Fee: Included for J-Family, J-Journey and JGSGW Members; $10 all others.
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Speaker: Linda Ambrus Broenniman grew up in Buffalo, NY. She is the middle child of seven born to Hungarian physicians who survived World War II and started a new life in the U.S. in 1949. A graduate of Swarthmore College with a BA in psychology, Broenniman went on to get an MBA from Carnegie Mellon. Several years after graduation, she left mainstream corporate America to follow her path as an entrepreneur and let her passion for uncovering hidden potential in unexpected places guide her to uncover her family’s secret past. Broenniman lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband and dog, Juno.

Finding Jewish Metrical Records in the Polish National Archives
Sunday, March 17
Finding Jewish Metrical Records in the Polish National Archives  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Zoom meeting, free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
Changes in civil administrations, borders, and languages are nothing new to researchers in Eastern Europe. Finding birth, marriage, and death records (commonly known as Vital or Metrical records) can be quite complex.
This presentation will focus on how to locate Jewish metrical records that are currently housed in the Polish National Archives, including records from what is now Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, and others. It will focus on several Eastern European Jewish resource websites beyond JewishGen, JRI-Poland, and Gesher Galicia, and introduce a helpful digital database of resources, the unique Digital Resource Database From JGSGW (DRDFJ).
Harry Moatz will discuss the DRDFJ. This Database, a membership benefit of JGSGW, lists vital and other records available through the Internet organized by locale (shtetl, town, district and province). It shows if records are known to exist, the type or content of the records, if the records have been indexed and digitized, and provides links to the repository of the records. Samples showing records from the Polish State Archive website will be shown.
Mary Ann Evan will then cover several Polish genealogical websites that include information about metrical records that are held by the Polish National Archives collection, but that may not be available directly from the archive website. Examples are scans that have been photographed at the archives and posted by individual researchers, and archival records that have been indexed by volunteers from both digitized and non-digitized collections.
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom at 1:30 PM Eastern Time, 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.
Speakers: Mary Ann Evan got her start in genealogy by listening as a child in Cleveland to the stories her grandparents told about “the old country.” In the 1980s she began tracing their paths back to their ancestral villages in Poland, and has since then visited all four of those villages and has 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 Search Center, in Kensington, Maryland, for nearly 35 years, specializing in Eastern European countries but also assisting persons researching many other areas of the world. She has made presentations at local family history conferences and meetings, and is presently facilitating an Eastern European Special Interest Group, begun in 2014, at the Family Search Center.
Harry Moatz, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington, is an attorney who retired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office-- where he was the Director of Enrollment and Discipline-- 12 years ago. He always had an interest in the origins of his family and began his search for the facts about eight years ago. Branches of his family came from Galicia, Belarus, Great Britain, Scandinavia, and Hungary. He has discussed his research with family, colleagues, friends and genealogy organizations. His research led him to create the DRGFJ. 

Using Social Media for Genealogic Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Exceedingly Strange
Sunday, April 7
Using Social Media for Genealogic Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Exceedingly Strange  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Bender JCC 6125 Montrose Ave, Rockville, MD and via Zoom
This program will introduce family researchers to many helpful genealogic resources available on social media platforms, and how to use these tools safely. The presentation includes examples of best practices for using social media in genealogical records research, how to find long-lost family members, and the benefits of location-focused research groups. Robin will also discuss case studies from two Facebook groups she co-administers: Tracing the Tribe: Jewish Genealogy on Facebook, and Jewish Community of the 15th Ward, Syracuse New York.
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: Robin Meltzer, an attorney and genealogist, assists families in obtaining legal records, discovering non-traditional information sources and interpreting documentary evidence. She is an administrator of Tracing the Tribe: Jewish Genealogy on Facebook; co-founder of the Jewish Community of the 15th Ward, Syracuse, New York, Facebook group; associate producer of the documentary films “Stories from the Syracuse Jewish Community” and “People and Places of the Syracuse Jewish Community,” and a former vice president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW).  Robin lectures internationally on topics in Jewish genealogy and research methodology and has appeared on the cable television program “Tracing Your Family Roots.” She has written articles on Jewish genealogy and local history for several publications, including Avotaynu, Mishpacha, The Galitzianer, and the Jewish Observer of Central New York.