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Virtual Meeting: Understanding the Jewish in Jewish Genealogy: Hebrew Calendar
Sunday, January 24
Virtual Meeting: Understanding the Jewish in Jewish Genealogy: Hebrew Calendar  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
Now that you’re past the Ellis-Island myth, it’s time to tackle the next one. Our Jewish ancestors did know when they were born … in the Hebrew calendar, not Gregorian or Julian. After all, bar mitzvah dates and more weren’t random. In traditional communities, families needed to know when daughters reached the age of religious majority.  Researchers need to understand the Hebrew calendar to comprehend Jewish culture, historical sources, vital records kept by Jews, and sometimes naming choices. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously wrote “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time… Jewish ritual … as architecture in time.....”  Holidays, life-cycle celebrations, and liturgy are based on the Hebrew calendar. We will derive the basic structure of the Hebrew calendar; look at the astronomy involved; and how Jews have measured time throughout Jewish history. Come learn the basics of Hebrew days and Hebrew months; how to determine Hebrew birthdays and yahrzeit dates; Hebrew dates on tombstones; and more.
 
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.) This meeting will NOT be recorded.
 
Speaker:  JGSGW’s first life member, Jonina Duker (Taibel bas Rachel Leah v'Shlomo Yehoshua) has presented at many IAJGS and other conferences. She teaches genealogy, basic Judaism, history, literature, liturgy, text in translation, and history. She has helped B’nai Anusim research their backgrounds. She attended Yad Vashem's Judaic Educators seminar and volunteers for the Names Recovery Project. She wrote JewishGen infofiles, founded its Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville Research group, and co-ordinated the Minsk yizkor book translation project. She has contributed to Avotaynu and other publications.
 



Virtual Meeting: The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology for 2020
Sunday, February 28
Virtual Meeting: The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology for 2020  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
It’s a new decade, so if you think you know how to Google, think again! Technology changes rapidly and keeping our search skills updated and sharp is key to search success. Come learn the Google Search Methodology for Genealogy updated for 2020. You’ll hear about the latest and best search innovations and learn the process that will dramatically improve your genealogical search results. These skills can be used with all associated Google tools.
 
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:  Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa, both available at her website. She’s the author of five books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd Edition, and a podcast producer and instructor and columnist for Family Tree Magazine. Her website can be found at www.GenealogyGems.com
 
This presentation will NOT be recorded.  The handout will be available on the JGSGW Members website from February 27 until March 28, 2021.
 
During the presentation the speaker will provide information on availability of a discount for purchases of her publications.
 



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.) 
 
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.