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 2016 - June 2017 programs here.

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.


Sunday, December 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

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

Reclaim The Records
Speaker: Brooke Schreier Ganz

Tired of being told that the genealogical records you want are "unavailable" to the public, or only available if you can travel to the archive? Brooke Schreier Ganz, founder of Reclaim the Records, will teach you how to file your own state Freedom of Information requests for currently inaccessible genealogical or archival records that you would like to see returned to the public domain.

Brooke Schreier Ganz is the founder of Reclaim The Records, a new not-for-profit activist group that uses state Freedom of Information requests to obtain inacessible genealogical and archival records and then freely returns them to the public. Her work has helped non-profit organizations like the Israel Genealogical Research Association (IGRA) and Gesher Galicia publish over 1.2 million unique genealogical records online for free use. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sunday, January 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

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

Yikhes: Researching Your Roots in NY Public Library’s Jewish Division
Speaker: Amanda Seigel

Amanda Seigel, a librarian at the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library, will describe its holdings -- one of the largest Judaica collections in the world -- and she will highlight some of the diverse and even surprising sources there for genealogical research. Ms. Seigel's research specialties include Yiddish language and culture and American Jewish history. She is also co-author of Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage and has herself performed on the Yiddish stage in the U.S. and internationally.

Sunday, November 6, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.

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. 30): $45. After Oct. 30 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 2017 membership dues.

Click here for the 2015 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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