Jewish Genealogy Society has online burial society database

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York has a burial society database that contains over 10,000 entries from almost 100 cemeteries in New York City, Long Island, Putnam County, Westchester County and northern New Jersey.

The entries include plots of landsmanshaftn, synagogues, family circles, fraternal organizations and labor unions.

The database can be searched by town name or keyword. There is also a Cemetery Directory that includes addresses and contact information for the cemeteries. This database is free to the public. You do not need to be a member of JGSNY.

To search the burial society database, go to: https://jgsny.org/index.php/searchable-databases/burial-society-databases

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet Sunday

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet Sunday

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The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview from 2-4 p.m.

This month’s speaker will be Steve Morse and he will be discussing “The Genealogy of Renee Kaufman: A Case Study.”

Stephen P. Morse is the creator of the award-winning genealogy One-Step Webpages (http://www.stevemorse.org). Steve will present a case study showing how, starting with minimal information, he used his One-Step tools plus a few other websites to create an entire family history — in about four hours! He will also demonstrate how to find records despite misspellings and how to avoid accepting incorrect information.

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

Local genealogy clubs to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy groups will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet on Saturday at the Bethpage Public Library. The Genealogy Help Session will take place at 10 a.m. and and an Ask the Experts session will take place at 10:45 a.m.

This month’s program will be “Tales of My Irish Mother” presented by Eileen Cronin, host of “The Long Island Ireland Show” on WRHU-FM. She will talk about her Irish mother, Christena Nyhan from County Cork.

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

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview. The Help Session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 2 p.m.

This month’s program will be “45 Years as a Jewish Genealogist : A Cranky Critique” presented by Arthur Kurzweil. Based on his four and a half decades in the field, Arthur Kurzweil, author of “From Generation to Generation,” will explore the underbelly of the world of Jewish genealogy — our mistakes, our misbehavior, our sins of omission and our sins of commission — and he will offer some strong suggestions for the future.

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, Feb. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The topic will be “A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth.” The speaker will be Rita Gabis.

Poet and reporter Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. Five years ago, she discovered that her Lithuanian grandfather was the Chief of Security under the Gestapo in Svencionys, Lithuania, near the killing field where 8,000 Jews were murdered in the fall of 1941. Gabis will describe the research and interviews she did in four countries to learn the truth about the grandfather she thought she knew. She will also read passages from her new memoir, “A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet.”

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, in Plainview.

The topic will be “How Did Jews Get to Europe?” (Part 2) presented by Avraham Groll. Continuing the presentation he gave last April, Mr. Groll will tell us more about patterns of Jewish migration after the decline of Babylonian Jewry in the 9th and 10th centuries. He will use maps, pictures, and documents to illustrate why Jews chose (or were forced) to seek new homelands in Europe, the places they settled, and how they lived.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The topic this month will be “Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland” and will be presented by Glenn Kurtz.

Visiting his hometown in Poland in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz captured three minutes of ordinary life on film. More than 70 years later, these few minutes of home movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community annihilated in the Holocaust.

Glenn Kurtz. David’s grandson,  is the author of the book “Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film.” In his presentation he will describe his four-year effort to identify the people in the film – a search that took him across the United States, to Canada, England, Poland and Israel.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet on Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, October 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the
Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Researching The Wandering Jew: Two Generations in Six Countries” by genealogist Rhoda Miller.
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Jewish genealogy group to meet Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview.

There will be a Help Session at 1:30 p.m.

This month’s program will be “Finding Joe Seltzer” presented by Renee Steinig. This program will discuss JGSLI’s successful effort to help a metal-detecting retiree in Phoenix reunite a World War II soldier’s ID bracelet with his surviving family.

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

Jewish genealogy group to meet Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet Sunday, June 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Mid- Island Y – JCC in Plainview.

The topic will be “GenealogyIndexer.org : New Sources, New Ways To Search.” The speaker will be Logan Kleinwaks, the creator of GenealogyIndexer.org. GenealogyIndexer is a free website that enables searches of historical business, address, and telephone directories (primarily from Eastern and Central Europe), Yizkor books, Polish and Russian military documents, community and personal histories, Galician secondary school reports, and more.

Logan will discuss recent additions to this site and new ways to search the site. He will also briefly preview a new free website offering detailed research advice based on a GEDCOM file.

There will be no meetings in July or August. For more information, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

Jewish genealogy group to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview.

There will be a help session at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 2 p.m. This month’s program will be “New (and Antique) Resources for German Jewish Genealogy.”

After researching his German Jewish ancestors for nearly 60 years, John Lowens is still learning much about them. John inherited fascinating collections of archival photos and documents and is currently scanning hundreds of World War I era photo postcards written to his grandparents. He will share some of these photocards, which tell fascinating and sometimes tragic stories of middle class Jewish life and death in western Germany.

Mr. Lowens will also speak about new indexing projects, initiatives at the Leo Baeck Institute, and other resources that have made the civil and Holocaust records from Germany far more accessible in recent years.

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