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-June 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
SPEAKER: John Paul Lowens

“New (and Antique) Resources for German Jewish Genealogy”
After researching his German Jewish ancestors for nearly 60 years, John Lowens is still learning much about them. As the Loewenstein family historian since high school, John has inherited fascinating collections of archival photos and documents. He is currently scanning hundreds of World War I era photo postcards written to his grandparents. With the help of JewishGen, these letters from the past are being translated and interpreted. John will share some of these photocards, which tell fascinating and sometimes tragic stories of middle class Jewish life and death in western Germany, and continue to expand and illustrate a long family history. John will also speak about new indexing projects, initiatives at the Leo Baeck Institute, and other resources that have made the civil and Holocaust records from Germany far more accessible in recent years.

Sunday, March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
SPEAKER: Hadassah Lipsius

“Jewish Records Indexing – Poland: Small Miracles Continue”
The Jewish Records Indexing - Poland online searchable database of indices to more than four million records has enabled researchers to trace their families' growth and migration inside Poland. Last year, JRI-Poland entered into a new agreement with the Polish State Archives that will have far-ranging benefits for tracing Jewish roots to Poland. Hadassah will outline recent developments in the PSA/JRI relationship, current indexing activity, online availability of actual images of records, newly discovered resources, and plans for the future. She’ll also describe new techniques for searching the database and how to navigate and utilize other features on the JRI-Poland website.


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