Welcome to the Jewish Genealogy Society
of Long Island (JGSLI)!

JGSLI was founded in 1985 to encourage and assist the pursuit of Jewish family history. Our goal is to bring together people interested in tracing their Jewish family roots.

We are a non-profit organization, operating through member efforts. We work to educate members and the public regarding the “how to” of finding one’s roots. Please see our full listing of September 2016 - June 2017 programs here.

CoverImageNEW BOOK - Jewish Community of Long Island, a publication in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, is available from major online booksellers and in many Long Island bookstores. For further information, click YouTube Overview to see how this book can help your genealogy research, a name-index supplement to the book, and a Press Release.


Sunday, October 30, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
Plainview, NY

Stories from Ellis Island
From the Perspective of a Tour Guide at Ellis Island National Park
Speaker: Fred Voss

Ellis Island opened on January 1, 1892 as the nation’s first federal immigration entry point. For 32 years, it was the busiest U.S. inspection station, processing over 12.5 million people. Fred Voss, a professional genealogical researcher, educator, and lecturer, volunteers at Ellis Island, leading tours of the recently re-opened hospitals on the island's south side. He will give an illustrated talk about the past, present and future of this iconic American landmark and he’ll share some of his favorite immigration stories.

Sunday, November 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
Plainview, NY

Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots
Speaker: Andrew Zalewski

In large cities, small towns, and tiny villages of Austrian Galicia, the region that from 1772 to 1918 spanned parts of today’s Poland and Ukraine, the book reflects on centuries of Jewish history in the region, on the interaction between its ethnic groups, and on the debates and tensions within the diverse Jewish community. Despite the challenges to tracing Jewish heritage anywhere in Europe, especially in the years of the Holocaust, Dr. Zalewski has discovered many voices that had long been forgotten, as well as surprising details about his own family. His talk will be illustrated by genealogical findings and by archival pictures and old maps of Galicia.

Sunday, November 6, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots
JGSLI’s Annual Family History Workshop

Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview

A review of the fundamentals of Jewish genealogy. Topics include interviewing relatives; identifying ancestral towns; Holocaust research; using censuses, city directories, ship's manifests, naturalizations, vital records, and other U.S. sources; European records; and internet resources. Early-bird rate (through Oct. 30): $45. After Oct. 30 and at the door: $55. Additional family member: $15. Fee includes a workbook (one per family, on a flash drive), a copy of Avotaynu’s Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy, a light lunch, and 2017 membership dues.

Click here for the 2015 Jewish Genealogy 101 Brochure

Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island!

Membership Benefits Include:

Free Admission to monthly meetings
Receive periodic Lineage Newsletter
Receive JGSLI Online. A Monthly digital publication with tips and links to online resources
Opportunity to Network with other people and experts in Jewish Genealogy
Advanced notice of our Family Workshop and other special events.
Click here for more information!

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