Jewish Genealogy Society workshop scheduled for November 4

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will present the 28th annual “Jewish Genealogy 101” from 12:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This workshop is a four hour plus course on sources and strategies for conducting Jewish genealogical research. Instructors will explain where and how to find Jewish records which exist in the U.S., Europe and Israel.

The registration fee includes:
*A full year membership to the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
*PDF copy of the workshop manual and Avotaynu’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy”

Cost is $45 for registration by October 28, $55 after October 28 or at the door.

For more a registration form, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Mid-Islan Y-JCC in Plainview.

The presenter will be Chuck Weinstein and his topic will be “DNA for Adoptees or How Instead of a Bicycle, I Got a Sister for My Birthday.”

Adopted at birth, Chuck found much more than he expected when he turned to DNA testing to connect with his biological family. The surprises he found culminated in meeting a previously unknown half sister and a cousin with whom he attended high school.

Chuck has been researching his family for over 25 years and has been involved in the genealogy world almost as long. A past president of the JGSLI, Chuck also served as co-chair of the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle in 2016. He is currently on the board of JewishGen’s Ukraine Special Interest Group and has conducted extensive research on the Holocaust and Eastern European history and genealogy. He is currently writing a book on the impact of the Holocaust on a small town in Moravia.

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

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy group will meet this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet at the Brentwood Public Library on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m.

This month’s topic will be “Paper-less Genealogist and Voices from the Past: Exploring Genealogy with Oral History.”

For more information, contact the library at 631-273-7883.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, June 24, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-Island JCC in Plainview.

This month’s presenter will be Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan who will discuss “My Hashava Experience.”
In the early 1900s many Jews helped build Palestine by opening bank accounts or buying stock in the Jewish Colonial Trust — including Jews in Europe who later died in the Holocaust.

Since 2006, Hashava has worked to find the rightful heirs to these assets. Judi will describe her experience documenting for Hashava the family of her “double relative” — great-aunt and first cousin Feiga Gitelson Surinamer nee Hirschorn, Asset A1951.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Thursday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on special day this month, Thursday, May 24, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Sex, Lies and Genealogical Tape” presented by Ron Arons. For 20 years, Ron has explored the life of the great-grandfather he calls “a criminal, a chameleon, and a comedian.” He will share his latest finds about this serial bigamist who served time in Sing Sing, double dipped on Social Security, and repeatedly lied on documents. Ron will also describe the wide range of records he used in his research and how he dealt with large discrepancies between them.

He is the author of “The Jews of Sing Sing,” “Mind Maps for Genealogy,” and “WANTED!: U.S. Criminal Records Sources & Research Methodology.”

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

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy societies will meet this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet at the Brentwood Public Library on Sat. April 28 at 10 a.m.

This month’s program will be a webinar with genealogist Melinda Baker entitled “Researching Outside the Family Tree.” Our ancestors did not live in isolation, although we sometimes research them as if they did. Learn how to find information about your ancestors by learning about their neighbors.

For more information, call the library at 631-273-7883.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Finding Relatives with MyHeritage DNA Matching” presented by Daniel Horowitz, chief genealogist of MyHeritage. MyHeritage has developed a new service that enables those who have been tested by different DNA companies to use MyHeritage’s matching capabilities. Daniel will demonstrate how MyHeritage will display possible relationships based on the quantity and characteristics of shared DNA. He will also show how to view a match’s family tree.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Galician Globetrotters, Barber Surgeons and Persistent Women” presented by Dr. Andrew Zelewski.

From the 16th century, Galician Jews ventured to Italy to receive university medical educations. After university admissions were opened to Jews in the Habsburg realm, they attended schools in Lemberg (Lwow), Kraków, Vienna and Pest, developing literary talents, professional skills, and new world views. This talk will challenge stereotypes, probe internal debates in the Jewish community, and reveal cultural trailblazers and rebels. It will also demonstrate the value to genealogists of academic records.

Andrew Zalewski is a member of the board of Gesher Galicia and edits its journal, The Galitzianer. He is the author of two books — “Galician Trails: The Story of One Family” and “Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots”.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Mid Island Y-JCC.

This month’s topic will be “New York’s Genealogy “Textbook”: The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer” presented by Susan R. Miller.

Since its introduction in 2014, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer has been an important resource for genealogists with New York families. This presentation will explain the best ways to access the information in the 856-page book.

Sue Miller is the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Director of Programs and editor of the NYG&B’s magazine, the New York Researcher. She was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.

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

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: http://jgsli.org

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Faces of Dynow: Portraits, Stories of Family, Friends, and Rabbis from an Ancestral Town in Galicia” presented by Nina Talbot.

Artist Nina Talbot’s genealogical research led to the creation of a painting series, Faces of Dynow, depicting the lives of people from that Polish town from the 1920s through the present day. A book, also titled “Faces of Dynow,” was published in conjunction with the exhibit, which has been shown in Krakow, Zamosc, and Dynow, Poland. In addition to doing online research, Nina visited archives in Israel, Poland,and New York and interviewed descendants of her Neger and Spinrad families in the U.S. and abroad. She will discuss both her research and her art work in a talk illustrated with images, archival records, photographs, and audio clips of some of the interviews she conducted.

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

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. This month’s program will be “Finding Your Family History Through DNA or How I Got a Sister Instead of a Bicycle for My 65th Birthday.” The speaker will be Chuck Weinstein.

The meeting will take place at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library. For more information, call 631-654-4700.

The Irish Family History Forum will also meet on Saturday. At 10 a.m. there will be a “Tips and Tricks” session followed by an “Ask the Experts” program at 10:45 a.m.

The featured program will be “Irish Genealogy 101” presented by Kathleen McGee. She will discuss how to avoid common mistakes and how to find your ancestor’s origin through U.S. records. In addition, she will discuss Irish resources such as census records, civil registration and parish records.

The annual elections will take place at the meeting to fill open positions on the Board of Directors. For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will met on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

This month’s program will be “Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero” prsented by Susan Rubenstein DeMasi.

Henry Alsberg, a foreign correspondent and aid worker, wrote about the terrors he witnessed and risked his life to assist his co-religionists. As a volunteer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, he helped set up orphanages, farming cooperatives, and schools, and he arranged for the safe emigration of thousands of Jews to the Americas. Later, he brought his adaptation of the Yiddish classic, The Dybbuk, to the English-speaking stage and directed the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project.

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