JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Long Island Meeting #general

Jackie Wasserstein

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island invites you to join us at our
Sunday, January 25, meeting.

Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Mid-Island Y JCC 45 Manetto Hill Plainview, New York (

Topic: "Ancient Texts Lead to Genealogical Discoveries: The Lives Our
Ancestors Led"

Speaker: Janette Silverman

New York's Jewish Theological Seminary is off the radar screen for many
genealogists but its library is home to almost half a million volumes and
its archives are a rich repository of records of Jewish communities,
institutions and prominent individuals in the US and Europe. We will take
a digital trip to explore some of JTS's treasures, such as correspondence
between the State Department and offices in Vienna, St. Petersburg,
Warsaw and Bucharest >from 1863-1906 about the legal position and
persecution of Jews and materials about the French Jewish community >from
the 1700s until after WWII. We will also look at ketubot and mohel books
and talk about the way all of these materials help in our research.

Janette is the Ukraine SIG Coordinator. Janette has been active in the
JewishGen and IAJGS Communities. She has been part of the moderating team for
the JewishGen Discussion group for about 8 years. She had been President of
the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group for 5 years, and is on the IAJGS
subcommittee for membership development. Her other volunteer genealogy
activities included doing transcriptions for the IGG's New York and New
Jersey vital records and naturalization projects. For many years, she
taught several classes each year on genealogical research techniques.
Over the past several years she has transcribed thousands of Zhytomyr
cemetery gravestones as well as Jewish gravestones in Phoenix, Arizona.
Janette is the founder of RelativaTree (, a
company that offers genealogical research and consulting services.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Our "Mavens" are available at
1:30 PM to take your genealogy questions.

Jackie Wasserstein
Past President

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