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 2017 - June 2018 programs here.

Current members can now access our 2009 - 2017 LIneage newsletter issues, featured lectures and speaker handouts. Visit our members-only section to find out more.


JGSLI's Genealogy 101 Part 2, "Researching Using Vital Records" is presented by our organization's president, Bonnie Birns, and airs on PATV Great Neck North Shore (Cablevision channel 20, Verizon channel 37) at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays and 2:00 pm on Thursdays. Alternatively, tune into their live stream at those times. The program also airs throughout Long Island on Cablevision channel 20 on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.


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.

JGSLI Board Member Rhoda Miller was recently interviewed by Radio Sefarad. Listen here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2 - 4 p.m. (Mavens at 1:30 p.m.)

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

Susan R. Miller:
New York's Genealogy "Textbook": The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

Since its introduction in 2014, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer has been the de facto textbook for genealogists with New York families. This presentation will explain the best ways to access the vast information in the 856-page tome, winner of the 2016 NGS Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources.

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 and is the co-organizer for the New York State Family History Conference. She has researched her New England and New York families for more than 20 years.

All meetings are held at the Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview  www.miyjcc.org

Remaining 2017-2018 Meetings (Sundays, 2 - 4 p.m.) - For descriptions and speaker biographies, see the full 2017-2018 program

3/25/2017: Dr. Andrew Zalewski: Galician Globetrotters, Barber Surgeons and Persistent Women
4/29/2017: Daniel Horowitz: Finding Relatives with MyHeritage DNA Matching
5/24/2017 (*Thursday*) Ron Arons: Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape
6/24/2017: Judi Langer-Surinamer Caplan: My Hashava Experience

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!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

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. 29): $45. After Oct. 29 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 2018 membership dues.

Click here for the 2017 Jewish Genealogy 101 Brochure

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