IAJGS Welcomes its 3 Newest Members! #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Nolan Altman

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome 3 new members to our growing family of IAJGS organizations:

            Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

            Gesher Galicia, Inc.

            LitvakSIG, Inc.

Below is some basic information on each group including contact email addresses and upcoming meeting plans.

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society (SCJGS)

The Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society (SCJGS) is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with those who are interested in researching and preserving their Jewish roots.  We offer monthly meetings, special presentations and hands-on mentoring workshops.   Our educational programs provide support and guidance, as well as opportunities to share questions and successes as we come together to support our mutual interest in Jewish genealogy. The SCJGS specializes in hands-on mentoring workshops.  We often have 1-2 sessions per month focusing on advancing our members research skills and techniques.  In February we have scheduled two video events.  One is designed for Beginners (February 21st) and the second focuses on Polish Genealogy and Portals. (February 24th) For more information about the group, please contact the group’s President, Leah Kushner at SCJGSociety@...

The group’s next meeting is scheduled for March 14th at 1:00 PM PST. Daniel Horowitz, genealogy expert at MyHeritage will present “Research Jewish Genealogical Resources on the Internet” Daniel will discuss the main repositories for Jewish Genealogy available on the internet. The program will illustrate how to search efficiently in different Jewish and not-Jewish databases. To help use Hebrew websites, Daniel will also help you overcome the language barrier with a basic lesson of Hebrew, focusing on the tombstones terminology and how to translate efficiently to English.


Gesher Galicia, Inc.


Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.


The research work includes the indexing of archival vital records and census books, Holocaust-period records, Josephine and Franciscan cadastral surveys, lists of Jewish taxpayers, and records of Galician medical students and doctors - all added to our searchable online database. In addition, the group reproduces regional and cadastral maps for their online Map Room. Gesher Galicia also conducts educational research and publishes a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer.  Along with their databases, Gesher Galicia has pre-recorded webinars on their Member's Portal for members to view at their convenience with exciting presentations, interviews and educational offerings of renowned and well-respected persons relating to Galicia, History and Genealogy. The website also has a Family Finder with town pages for Galician towns and a Discussion Group.



For more information about Gesher Galicia, please visit their website at https://www.geshergalicia.org/ or contact them at info@...


LitvakSIG, Inc.

The mission of LitvakSIG is to preserve Litvak heritage by discovering, collecting, documenting and disseminating information about the once vibrant Jewish community of Lithuania. LitvakSIG has long-term relationships with the archives in Lithuania. In addition to translating records that are relevant to all parts of Lithuania, the group maintains a number of geographic-specific Research Groups (often referred to as "District Research Groups", or "DRGs").

The Research Groups identify and collect data for that group’s territorial area of interest from available records for Lithuania from the Russian Empire Period (1795 to First World War) and the period of Independent Lithuania (1919-1940) including Vilna Guberniya.

For more information about LitvakSIG, please visit their website at https://www.litvaksig.org/ or contact Garri Regev (Membership Chair) at garrir@...


The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) was formed in 1988 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  IAJGS is an umbrella group of organizations which provides a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advocate for and educate about our genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.  For more information on IAJGS, please see our website at http://www.iajgs.org/blog/ or contact us at membership@...


Nolan Altman

Membership Development


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