Sunday, September 24, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
45 Manetto Hill Road
Did My Great-Grandmother Have a Family? A Documents and DNA Case Study
Speaker: Rhoda Miller
Do you have a "floating" female ancestor that cannot be attached to a larger tree? “Brick walls” in Eastern European research often involve elusive female ancestors. This case study will demonstrate ways to break through those brick walls with problem-solving strategies utilizing records, oral history, photographs, mapping, and DNA.
Rhoda Miller, Ed.D., CG® has been a Certified Genealogist since 1998, specializing in Jewish research and Holocaust studies. A past president and current board member of JGSLI, she led the publication of our award-winning book, Jewish Community of Long Island. Rhoda is a regular presenter at the annual IAJGS conference and to libraries and community groups and she recently taught several sessions on Eastern Europe at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).
All meetings are held at the Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview www.miyjcc.org
Thursday, October 18th, 7 - 9 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 - 4 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.
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
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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