JGSCT Virtual Program, February 21, 2021, 1:30 #names #announcements #education


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut presents a webinar on Jewish given names by Warren Blatt.

This virtual program is free for JGSCT members and a $5 donation for non-members.

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Learn why “Mordechai Yehuda” is also “Mortka Leib” is also “Max”. An introduction to Jewish given names (first names), focusing on practical issues for genealogical research. Our ancestors each had many different given names and nicknames, in various languages and alphabets – this can make Jewish genealogical research difficult. This presentation will teach you about the history and patterns of Jewish first names, and how to recognize your ancestors' names in genealogical sources. Topics include: Religious and secular names; origins of given names; variants, nicknames, and diminutives; double names (unrelated pairs, kinnui, Hebrew/Yiddish translations); patronymics; name equivalents; Ashkenazic naming traditions (naming of children); statistics on the distribution and popularity of given names in various regions and times; spelling issues; Polish and Russian declensions; interpretation of names in documents; and the Anglicization of immigrant Jewish names: adaptations and transformations.

Warren Blatt has served as the Chief Genealogist and Managing Director of JewishGen ( He is the author of "Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area" (JGSGB, 1996); and co-author (with Gary Mokotoff) of "Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy" (Avotaynu, 1999). He has over 40 years of research experience with Russian and Polish Jewish records and is the author of the "JewishGen FAQ" and many other JewishGen InfoFiles. He was the Chair of the 15th International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. In 2004, he was awarded the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award in Jerusalem.

Gail K Reynolds, Publicity Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut