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.


JGSLI's Genealogy 101 is presented by our group's immediate past president,Nolan Altman, and airs on PATV Great Neck North Share (Cablevision channel 20) at 12:30 pm on Thursdays. Alternatively, tune into their live stream. The program also airs on Woodbury Cablevision channel 115 on Sundays at 1:30 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.

There are two October meetings, the first on Wednesday evening, October 18th and the next on Sunday, October 22nd. Both will be held at:

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

Wednesday, October 18th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Cemetery Records and Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy by Nolan Altman - Grave matters, great refreshments! Join us for wine and cheese at this special evening meeting.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Memory and Mystery: Breaking Down Family Lore  by Emily Garber

Nolan Altman - Cemetery Records and Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy

Cemetery Records and Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy Headstone inscriptions provide one of the most important tools for Jewish genealogists -- patronymic names. Using a case study, the presentation will cover Jewish naming traditions and how they help link family members over generations. We'll also hear about the meaning of symbols and Hebrew inscriptions found on headstones and see examples of inscription trends, errors and oddities. Nolan will also discuss online resources to help find headstone information.

Nolan Altman, a CPA, is the president of NTA Consulting, a firm specializing in hedge fund services. A board member and past president of the JGSLI, he initiated and coordinates our Yearbook Project and our award-winning YouTube video project, and he edits our monthly, JGSLI Online. As JewishGen's VP for Data Acquisition, Nolan coordinates JewishGen's JOWBR (JewishGen's Online World-wide Burial Registry), Memorial Plaques, and Holocaust Databases. He is also a member of the board of the IAJGS.

Emily Garber - Memory and Mystery: Breaking Down Family Lore 

Does your family have stories that have defied genealogical documentation? What steps should be taken to understand them and determine the truth? This presentation explores exhaustively researching our stories and melding paper documentation with DNA evidence.

An archaeologist by training, Emily Garber has been researching her Jewish ancestry since 2007 and holds a certificate from Boston University's Genealogical Research program. Emily is a blogger, chair of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and owner of Extra Yad Genealogical Services.

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

11/5/2017 Beginner’s Workshop
11/19/2017 Susan Rubenstein DeMasi: Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero
12/10/2017 Nina Talbot: Faces of Dynow: Portraits, Stories of Family, Friends and Rabbis from An Ancestral Town in Galicia
1/28/2018 Ira Poliakoff: Synagogues of Long Island
2/25/2017: Susan R. Miller: New York's Genealogy "Textbook": The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer
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: Bonnie Birns: But I Can't Find It! Next Steps in Genealogy Research
6/24/2017: Judi Langer-Surinamer Caplan: My Hashava Experience

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

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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