Jewish genealogy society to meet on Dec. 14

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. There will be a help session at 1:30 p.m.

The topic of the program will be “JOWBR and the Importance of Burial Records.” Jewish genealogical researchers face many special impediments – individuals’ name changes, town and country name changes, Holocaust displacement and others. However, there is one major advantage that can be used to help link generations together – patronymics.

The program will discuss the origin and importance of naming patterns and then show step by step how JewishGen’s JOWBR database can be used as the central source for Jewish burial records. There will be a review on how to read a Jewish headstone and give examples of symbols as well as inscriptions. Also JewishGen’s Memorial Plaque Project will be explained and participants will learn how they can help to grow the database.

The meeting will take place at the Mid Island JCC-Y at 45 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview. For more information, go to the society web site at:

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