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

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.

Sunday, January 25, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview

SPEAKER: Janette Silverman
“Ancient Texts Lead to Genealogical Discoveries: The Lives Our Ancestors Led”

New York’s Jewish Theological Seminary is off the radar screen for many genealogists but its library is home to almost half a million volumes and its archives are a rich repository of records of Jewish communities, institutions and prominent individuals in the US and Europe. We will take a digital trip to explore some of JTS’s treasures, such as correspondence between the State Department and offices in Vienna, St. Petersburg, Warsaw and Bucharest from 1863-1906 about the legal position and persecution of Jews and materials about the French Jewish community from the 1700s until after WWII. We will also look at ketubot and mohel books and talk about the way all of these materials help in our research.

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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