Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Three local genealogy groups will be meeting this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet this Saturday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Brentwood Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “GEDMatch Step by Step” presented by Patricia Kellner. She will take a more in-depth lecture on how to download your DNA results from Ancestry to Gedmatch. Gedmatch can be a great place to collaborate with others who have been tested at other companies and gain access to more genetic tools to try to figure out how you are related to others.

For more information, contact Mary Ann at 631-273-7883.

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday also at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library.

The speaker will be Jackie Fischer, author of the book The Lost Branch. Jackie’s ancestors were separated when they arrived at Ellis Island in the early 1900s. She tracked down her lost relatives who had been sent back to Italy and reunited her family.

For more information, contact the library at 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet Sunday, Jan. 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Synagogues of Long Island” presented by Ira Poliakoff. Ira Poliakoff grew up in Rockville Centre, the son of parents who joined the wave of returning servicemen who settled in Nassau and Suffolk Counties after World War II. A retired businessman, he has embarked on a second career: researching the history of synagogues. His book, Synagogues of Long Island, to be published in December, looks at the history of over 250 congregations that exist or have existed on Long Island. He will discuss many of these synagogues and also the demographic changes that have led to synagogue mergers and closings in the last 20 years.

For more information, go to the club website at:

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