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

Three free webinars set for this week

There will be three free webinar this week with topics on Jewish genealogy, prisoners and archive research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew” on Wednesday, August 1 at 2 p.m. Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Therefore it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this “new” field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

To register for this webinar go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=768

Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Crime, Prison and Punishment: Researching UK Criminal and Prisoner Records Online” on Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Whether by choice or circumstance, some of your ancestors may have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. The vast array of criminal and prison records available online and at the National Archives in Kew can offer researchers a great deal of information for their ancestors in a pre-census world.

To register for the webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4767137558016406786

Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Loose Records in an Archive: What Are They?” on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. Genealogists use minute books, ledger books and other bound records that are located at archives, libraries and genealogical societies. There is also another type of record available called Loose Records that the genealogist should be seeking. Learn what loose records are, what record groups they can be found in and how they can benefit your research.

To register for the webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/313007158485317122

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

Free genealogy webinar to discuss Jewish research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew” on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m.

Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Some do know, others suspect, but for the majority of genealogists, it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. Many of these initial discoveries come from having done a DNA test. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this “new” field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? This webinar will cover history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8113749686772275458

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

New York genealogy society to present series of free webinars

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, based in Manhattan, will be offering a series of free webinars the second week of January.

Monday, Jan. 8 – 1 p.m. – Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy
The NYG&B’s Genealogist-in-Residence, Meryl Schumacker will share essential techniques for tracing your Jewish ancestry. Schumacker earned her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and completed continuing education at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 – 7 pm – German Names and Naming Patterns
The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to “look in the middle” for first names to dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children. The presenter will be James M. Beidler, author of “The Family Tree German Genealogy Book” as well as the Roots & Branches weekly newspaper column on genealogy.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 – 7 pm – Dual Citizenship: Italy and Ireland
Presenter Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and editor. She specializes in Italian-American and Irish-American dual citizenship, with a focus on New Jersey and New York City ancestral families.

Thursday, Jan. 11 – 4 pm – A Look at 2018 and 2019 for the NYG&B
Join NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor as he gives a sneak peek into the exciting plans for 2018 and 2019.

Thursday, Jan. 11 – 7 pm – Irish Church Records

Presenter David E. Rencher will combine information about the time period, content and record availability of records for the three major religions in Ireland – Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian. Additional information on some of the non-conformist sects is also included. Rencher is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

Friday, Jan. 12 – 6 pm – Examining African American Migrations

Presenter Tim Pinnick will explore African American migrations large and small, along with many of the factors that spurred movement. Armed with a better understanding of black migrations, researchers can increase their ability to explain inexplicable moves and solve lingering mysteries. Pinnick is a book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than 30 years overall research experience.

To reguster to any of these webinars, go to: https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/events and click on the webinar of interest.

Local genealogy groups to meet Saturday and Monday

Two local genealogy groups will be meeting this Saturday and Monday.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Bethpage Public Library. At 10 a.m. there will be a Tips and Tricks session followed by an Ask the Experts session.

The featured speaker will be Joseph Coen, archivist with the Brooklyn Diocese. He will discuss the genealogy-related holdings of the Doicesan Archives, including sacramental, marriage dispensation and school records. He will also discuss how to obtain these records.

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

The Connetquot Public Library will be having a genealogy program on Monday, Oct. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m.

This month’s speaker will be local genealogist Rhoda Miller, author of the book “Jewish Community of Long Island.” She will be discussing “Exploring Long Island’s Jewish Heritage.”

For more information, contact the library at 631-567-5079.

Jewish genealogy workshop scheduled for Nov. 6

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will presents its 26th Annual Family History Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Mid Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The workshop will provide an overview for beginners as well as a review for those who want to brush up on or expand their skills. Topics will include interviewing relatives; identifying ancestral towns; Holocaust research; using censuses, city directories, ship’s manifests, naturalizations, vital records, and other U.S. sources.

Registration incudes a one year full membership in the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, a PDF copy of the workshop manual “Jewish Genealogy 101” and a PDF copy of Avotaynu’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.”

Seating is limited. Registration is $45 through October 29 and $55 starting October 30 or at the door.

For more information, go to the club’s website at: www.jgsli.org or email workshop@jgsli.org

Webinar series to focus on Jewish genealogy research

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Orlando will be presenting 10 FREE webinars, entitled “My Jewish Roots.”

The first program, “Begin Building Your Family Tree”, will take place on Monday, Sept. 6 from 7-9 p.m. It will cover the fundamentals of starting your family discovery journey: how to write down what you currently know, how to interview and record living relatives, finding family history artifacts, how to select family tree software, the importance of collecting DNA, and other topics important to preparing and organizing your family history.

Future programs will cover: how to connect to family discovery resources and experts; how to discover the ancestral towns outside of the U.S.; how to decide who to test, which DNA test, and with which company to test; understanding your DNA results; researching with Ancestry.com; researching family in the Shoah; and researching ancestral records in the native country.

To register for the first program in the series, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6723108258891330563

For more information about the series, go to: www.jgsjo.org/MyJewishRoots

Jewish Genealogy Society workshop set for Nov. 1

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will be hosting its 25th annual Family History Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The event will take place from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview. The workshop will concentrate on sources and strategies essential for Jewish genealogical research in the United States, Europe and Israel.

Topics to be covered include: interviewing relatives, locating ancestral towns, Holocaust research, European research and strategies for searching the internet.

Cost of the workshop is $45 by Oct. 26 and $55 after. The cost of the workshop includes a one year full membership to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, a subscription to the society newsletter, Lineage, a PDF copy of the workshop manual – “Jewish Genealogy 1010” and “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy” 2015 edition.

For a registration form, go to the society website at: http://jgsli.org or contact Bonnie at workshop@jgsli.org