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Family Clubs of Western Pennsylvania
Sunday, July 17
Family Clubs of Western Pennsylvania  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
Family clubs were a unique and defining feature of the Ashkenazi Jewish experience in the United States in the 20th century. These clubs had members, officers, dues, meetings, minutes, newsletters, reunions, and programs. What made them different from any other club was their membership: everyone was related. This presentation will consider the history and culture of the dozens of these Jewish family clubs, using a newly created database of more than 110 clubs from Western Pennsylvania.
 
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 Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker:  Eric Lidji is the director of the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. He curates its website “The Jewish Encyclopedia of Western Pennsylvania” and hosts its local history podcast “The Cornerstone.” He writes and speaks extensively about the Jewish history of Western Pennsylvania. He is the author of "The Seventeenth Generation: The Lifework of Rabbi Walter Jacob," and he is a co-editor of the anthologies "Her Deeds Sing Her Praise" and "Bound In The Bond Of Life."



Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
Sunday, August 14
Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
When the 1950 census was released in April 2022, it did not have a name index. So, finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches.
The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.
 
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 Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) At the request of the speaker, this presentation will not be recorded.
 
Speaker: Stephen P. Morse is the originator of the "One Step" search page tools used by genealogists around the world.  He has degrees in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and New York University.  Morse worked for Bell LaboratoriesIBM's Watson Research Center, Intel, and General Electric Corporate Research and Development. He was a principal architect of Intel 8086 microprocessor chip, designed by Intel between early 1976 and June 8, 1978. In recent years, he has applied his technology expertise to web-based genealogy search tools. He is also a co-author, with linguist Alexander Beider, of the Beider–Morse phonetic name matching algorithm. His "One Step" search pages include tools for finding immigration ships manifests, translating text into foreign alphabets, converting Jewish calendar dates to Gregorian dates, searching census data from the US and other countries, and many other useful items.



Immigrants of the Lower East Side
Sunday, September 11
Immigrants of the Lower East Side  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
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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 Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker:  Tyler Anbinder is an emeritus professor of History at George Washington University in Washington D.C.  He has published three books on immigrant life and anti-immigrant sentiment, most recently City of Dreams (2016), a history of immigrant life in New York City from the first Dutch settlers to the present. He is currently finishing a book on the Great Famine and the Making of Irish New York.
 



What's New in GenealogyIndexer.org?
Sunday, October 2
What's New in GenealogyIndexer.org?  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
GenealogyIndexer.org is a free website for searching 2 million+ pages of historical European directories (business, address, telephone), yizkor books, Galician secondary school reports, military documents, and more. Containing many millions of personal names – often with towns, street addresses, and occupations, and sometimes with vital dates or patronymics – most of the 4,000+ sources are not searchable elsewhere. This talk will provide an overview of all sources, with a focus on additions since the speaker's last visit to JGSGW (2014) and search techniques. The use of directories in the Warsaw property restitution process will also be discussed briefly.
 
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 Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks is JewishGen's Research Director for Danzig/Gdańsk, a former Board Member of Gesher Galicia, and creator of online genealogy research tools. His website GenealogyIndexer.org received the IAJGS 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet, Print or Electronic Product, and was one of Family Tree Magazine's 101 Best Websites for 2015-2021.