We are excited to offer the following public programs for 2021-2022. We hope to hold most of these programs in person, but details are still being worked out. A printable flyer of our 2021-2022 programs is available here. All times listed are United States Eastern Time.
- February 13, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – Warren Blatt, “Jewish Names.” Warren Blatt will present two free virtual programs, “Jewish Given Names” and “Jewish Surnames.” The first will focus on the history and patterns of Jewish first names and how to recognize names in genealogical sources. The surname presentation, beginning at 3:30 p.m., will discuss the types and origins of surnames, how they developed and how they transformed with immigration. Warren Blatt is the former Managing Director of JewishGen and the co-author of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy (Avotaynu, 1999). Registration is required to attend this virtual program. Click here to register.
- April 3, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – Ed Mitukiewicz, “Location, Location, Location: How Genealogical Research Can Benefit from Historical Maps.” Identifying the places where our ancestors used to live can be a critical step in finding sources of genealogical information but locating those places can be quite a challenging task, particularly in Eastern Europe. Ed is a mathematician and computer scientist by education, researcher and technology consultant by profession, and amateur cartographer and genealogist by coincidence. He worked as editor, translator and map consultant during the production of the 2015 documentary film, “Raise the Roof.”
- May 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. – Todd Knowles, “Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research.” This presentation will focus on new features at FamilySearch, and techniques to use for Jewish genealogical research. Todd Knowles is an Accredited Genealogist who specializes in English and Jewish research. His quest to find more about his G-G-Grandfather, a Polish Jew, has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of the Jewish people. It currently (as of Jan 2020) contains the records of over 1.4 million people.