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Russian Empire Research: Tracing a Family
Sunday, December 26
Russian Empire Research: Tracing a Family  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Progam
Russian Empire records exist both online and in archival locations across Eastern Europe. These records include traditional genealogical records like vital records and censuses, but there are many other record types as well that can help understand ancestors and other family members. This talk will look at research into one family, starting with their life in the United States, and tracing their family back well into the 1700s. A wide variety of documents on this family will be discussed and will demonstrate the breadth of information available for understanding one's family--if you are persistent and follow the clues that they left. 
 
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:  Lara Diamond has been researching her family for 25 years, since she was too young to have a driver's license and had to rely on her mother as a chauffeur. She has traced all branches of her family back to Europe and most multiple generations back in Europe using Russian Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG, is on Ukraine SIG's board of directors, and runs several town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns.  She blogs about her mostly Eastern European research at  http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.



Experiencing Ellis Island as My Family Did
Sunday, January 23, 2022
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.