Upcoming Jewish Genealogy Events at the Center for Jewish History in New York #general

Moriah Amit

Family History Today: Events at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street (btw. 5th and 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10011
November 1 - December 14, 2015

The Center for Jewish History's landmark Ackman & Ziff Family
Genealogy Institute will showcase its vast resources and host
expert speakers on specific genealogy topics throughout November
and December in an ongoing event series called "Family History
Today." Whether visitors are just beginning their family history
searches or are expert genealogists, all are welcome to join in
the following free programs.

2015 Schedule of Events:
Sunday, November 1, 2:00 pm
Searching for Relatives in the JDC Names Database
Cosponsored by the JDC Archives
The JDC Archives Names Database includes more than 500,000 names
of individuals who received assistance >from the American Jewish
Joint Distribution Committee (or JDC) between 1915 and 1973. This
important resource for genealogists is drawn >from client lists
and index cards >from the JDC's rescue, relief, and rehabilitation
operations worldwide. This presentation will focus on World War
II-era lists of refugees assisted during and after the Shoah in
British Mandate Palestine, Spain, China, Australia, Germany, and
South America, among others, with a particular focus on children,
orphans and students. Naomi Barth, Manager of the JDC Names
Database, will be presenting.
Free and open to the public. Reservations required:

Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 pm
Tour of the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute
Moriah Amit, Senior Reference Services Librarian for Genealogy,
will lead a tour of the Center's newly redesigned Ackman & Ziff
Family Genealogy Institute, a comfortable and cutting-edge
facility for family history research. The Institute makes available
to the public an enormous wealth of genealogical resources.
Limited space available. Reservations required:

Monday, November 16, 6:30pm
Connecting to Your Extended Family Using DNA
DNA is rocking the world of genealogy. It is the certain way to
determine if you are related to someone and how close that
relationship might be. This basic lecture will cover the topic
beginning with egg and sperm and ending with haplogroup,
encompassing the three types of DNA used for genetic genealogy:
mitochondrial, Y and autosomal. Participants will learn what type
of test to use for specific goals, see who is a suitable
candidate for various types of testing and which companies offer
which tests. Nora Galvin, a trained biologist, editor of Connecticut
Ancestry, and a certified genealogist, will be presenting.
Free and open to the public. Reservations required:

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30pm
JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) and the
Importance of Jewish Burial Records
Jewish headstone inscriptions and burial records can provide
crucial information to genealogists. Hebrew name inscriptions,
based on patronymics, can link together two generations of Hebrew
names unlike any other source document. This can be especially
helpful when trying to link first generation American ancestors
to their European families. Through photographic examples and
case studies, this event will discuss how the information and
symbols found on stones can help to create your family tree.
Nolan Altman, Vice President for Data Acquisition and Coordinator
of the Online Worldwide Burial Registry project for Jewish Gen
will be the featured speaker.
Free and open to the public. Reservations required:

Monday, December 14, 6:30pm
Jewish Populations in Europe, 1750 - 1950: Maps for Your Research
With the frequently changing borders of European countries in the
18th - 20th centuries, it can be a challenge to understand the
locations of Jewish communities of interest within those
countries. On behalf of the International Institute for Jewish
Genealogy, Sandy Crystall developed a series of digital maps that
show the populations of as many as 700 Jewish communities, along
with the contemporaneous boundaries of countries and smaller
administrative units (provinces), serving as snapshots of the
geopolitical context of Jewish demographics over the course of
this tumultuous period. This presentation will provide
information about the creation of these digital maps and how they
can be used to assist in genealogical research. Sandy Crystall
has a post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information
Systems and has been an amateur genealogist for more than 25
Free and open to the public. Reservations required:

Moriah Amit
New York, NY

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