New On-Demand Virtual Genealogy Research Workshops #general #education

Michael Moritz

Interested in learning more about how to research your family tree, but you would rather learn at your own pace? 

Register today for a virtual on-demand workshop, which you can watch whenever is convenient for you. The workshops are all pre-recorded classes with interactive examples, all of which are accompanied by slides that you will be able to download. Current availabilities include various one-hour on-demand workshops (viewable at your convenience) which are back by popular demand:

• Jewish Research 1: Introduction to the most important databases for Jewish genealogical research and how to make the most out of your searches. Discussion of general commercial databases, specific Jewish databases (with special emphasis on JewishGen), burial databases, Holocaust databases, Jewish newspaper collections and more.

• Jewish Research 2: Introduction to Jewish naming practices and how names changed when coming to English-speaking lands. We will touch on Yiddish and Ashkenazi naming practices, Eastern European surnames, the "Ellis Island myth," and explore how to find an ancestor's "original" name through records research, including naturalization records, name change records, gravestones and ship records.

• Jewish Research 3: Introduction to locating where your ancestors came from in Europe. Background discussion on finding a town of origin, European historical borders and how they have shifted through time. Exploration of the best sources to use in order to locate what town in Europe your family came from, and where to turn next once you have located that information, as well as specific guidance for each country/region.

• US Research 1: Introduction to the primary databases for United States genealogical research. Introduction to federal records research, including federal censuses, federal court naturalization (citizenship) records (including within the FamilySearch catalogue), military records and the Social Security Death Index.

• US Research 2: Introduction to state research, including an overview of vital records access rules in the United States, and an assessment of the different death record regimes. Introduction to state-level census records and state court naturalization (citizenship), as well as state military records (including draft records and veteran records).

• US Research 3: Introduction to local research, including locating the graves of ancestors (plus burial records and cemetery databases), searching newspaper records, and locating individuals in yearbook records and the US Public Records Index.

Part of a genealogical or historical organization? Group discounts are available!

For more information, including registration and fees: see

Michael Moritz (New York)

Note that while I am the Director of the Romania Research Division, this email is not affiliated with JewishGen.