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Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy


Today, there are an estimated 7.6 million Jewish Americans living in the country, the majority of whom descend from diaspora Jewish populations from Central and Eastern Europe. Learning how to trace your Jewish ancestry is not without its challenges: changing surnames, locating your ancestor’s home village or shtetl and access to overseas records are just the tip of the iceberg.

This four-week online seminar will provide you with the key records, repositories and strategies for making real headway in your family history research. We will look at the historical context of your ancestor’s arrival in the United States, strategies for uncovering your ancestor’s exact origins using American records, an overview of key records and websites of the old country and, finally, researching family who perished in or survived the Holocaust.

This course includes four 90-minute classes, exclusive access to handouts and recordings of each presentation and in-depth Q&A sessions with the instructors—James Heffernan, Carolyn Kohlman, JGSGB, Rhonda R. McClure and Melanie McComb.

Students don’t need to attend the sessions live, but in registering you register for the whole program.

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