JGSGW April Meeting & Workshop - April 21, 2013 #general
Jewish Genealogy Society
of Greater Washington
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Workshop & Meeting
Location: B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville MD
JGSGW Intermediate Workshop
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Instructor: Jonina Duker
What can be learned >from the study of the Jewish tombstone (matzevah)?
This workshop will explore customs and symbols associated with Jewish
burials, including a discussion of the Hebrew calendar, as well as the
history and meaning of personal names and surnames. The workshop will also
address the basics of effective search queries in Google, as well as an
introduction to Ancestry.com and optimizing searches there.
Participation in this workshop is a benefit of membership in JGSGW.
Reservations are required; send an email to JGSGW. Class limited to 20
"Routes to Roots in the 'Old Country': Where are the Surviving Documents and
How to Obtain Them?"
Speaker: Miriam Weiner, President, Routes to Roots Foundation
Time: 1:00 PM Schmooze, 1:30 PM Meting & Program
This presentation will focus on the Routes to Roots Foundation website
(RTRF) at www.rtrfoundation.org including a live "tour" of various
components of the website. Our speaker, Miriam Weiner, has worked officially
with the archivists throughout Eastern Europe beginning in Poland in 1989,
then Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Lithuania. She has received unprecedented
cooperation >from the archives in identifying and publishing information
about surviving Jewish and civil records.
The RTRF website includes a comprehensive searchable archive database by
town name, covering document holdings relevant to Jewish life in five
countries (and portions of two others) in Central and Eastern Europe, an
image database, and multiple searchable name databases for various
localities. The website is updated regularly with new/revised archive data,
additional name databases and images as well as articles by archivists,
historians and others.
In addition, Miriam will discuss the new collaboration between RTRF and the
Center for Jewish History (CJH) in New York City. The CJH website features
its Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) which integrates the holdings of CJH's
five partners into one searchable database, as well as separate pages for
each of the five partners and a page for the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy
The JGSGW Library will be open after the meeting (until 4:30 PM) for
Immediate Past President