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
Plainview-Old Bethpage Library 999 Old Country Rd, Plainview
SPEAKER: Rhoda Miller, Ed.D., CG Who Do You Think You Are?: Lauren FoxLauren Fox, website developer for the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, knew she had Jewish roots but knew very little about her ancestry. Upon exploration, she learned her great grandfather was the renowned Yiddish author Chaim Leib Fox. Following family stories and DNA results, Lauren’s ancestry revealed so very much more about how her family intertwined with the Holocaust and other earlier historical events and people. Join us for the telling of this unpredictable story and strategies that can help you in your own family research.
Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
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
JGSLI’s 24th AnnualFamily History WorkshopSunday, Nov. 2 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
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.
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