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 general public regarding the “how to” of finding one’s roots. Please refer to our Program List Sept. 2014-Jan. 2015

Sunday, November 23, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road

SPEAKER: Robin Meltzer
“The Name Remains the Same: Adventures in Finding Sid Caesar’s Grandmother”

When Sid Caesar, the architect of television’s Golden Age, died in February 2014, hundreds of press reports repeated the myth that the family’s name had been “changed at Ellis Island” on their arrival from Austria. Of course, no one’s name was changed at Ellis Island (or Castle Garden). Careful research proved that the family’s surname remained unchanged from the time they lived in Galicia through their immigration to the United States. This presentation will explain the search techniques used to find the embarkation list and passenger manifest for Sid Caesar’s grandmother and great-uncle and how others can apply these methodologies to their own research.

Sunday, Dec 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview

SPEAKER: Nolan Altman
“JOWBR and the Importance of Burial Records”

Jewish genealogical researchers face many special impediments – individuals’ name changes, town and country name changes, Holocaust displacement and others. However, there is one major advantage that we can use to help link our generations together – patronymics. We’ll start with the origin and importance of naming patterns and then show step by step how JewishGen’s JOWBR database can be used as the central source for Jewish burial records. Next, we’ll review how to read a Jewish headstone and give examples of symbols as well as inscriptions. We’ll also look at unusual headstones, some creative and others just plain funny. Finally, we’ll discuss JewishGen’s Memorial Plaque Project and show how you can help to grow the database.

Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots
JGSLI’s Annual Family History Workshop
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview

Watch for the 2015 Workshop usually held the first Sunday in November.
Click here for the 2014 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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