Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

The Irish Family History Forum and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet Saturday, March 18, at the Bethpage Public Library.

At 10 a.m. education chairperson, Kathleen McGee, shares research tips for both new and experienced genealogists. At 10:30 a.m., Ask the Experts lets participants meet one-on-one with an experienced genealogist to ask a basic genealogy question.

This month’s program will be “Finding Your Irish Ancestral Place of Origin: Building a Bridge Back from Here” led by genealogist Terry Koch-Bostic. She will discuss how to search for Irish Ancestral Places of Origin.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet Sunday. March 19, at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Sousa Mendes’s List: The Search for Survivors” presented by Olivia Mattis.
Dr. Mattis is president and co-founder of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, which works to identify families who received lifesaving visas from the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Spring 1940. Sousa Mendes, stationed in Bordeaux, France, rescued thousands from the Holocaust — including 12 members of Dr. Mattis’s family — by providing them visas to Portugal.

Dr. Mattis will describe Sousa Mendes’s heroic efforts, which defied his government’s strict orders and for which he paid a steep personal price, and she’ll explain the process of learning more about the refugees.

For more information, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

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