Upcoming Programs from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh #jgs-iajgs #announcements #events

Steve Jaron

Hello All - wanted to pass along some reminders and announcements from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh.
On October 31st at 1pm Eastern (US) The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh will be hosting "Ask The Experts" with Tammy Hepps, Caitlin Hollander, Jarrett Ross, and Michael Waas for our International Jewish Genealogy Month / Family History Month Program. The deadline to register in order to submit questions ahead of time has passed however there may be time for additional questions at the end. Anyone who has registered by the October 15 deadline has been sent a Google form to submit their question to the panel.
Registration will remain open until the time of the program. 
Cost for this virtual program is $10 USD for non-JGS of Pittsburgh members and Free for members.
Please visit the event page for our panelists bio's and areas of expertise. 

On November 14th at 11am Eastern (US) join us for our program with author Jess Wieble - “Dead Letters: Delivering Unopened Mail from a Pennsylvania Ghost Town”
On assignment for a small-town newspaper in rural Pennsylvania, rookie reporter Jessica Weible meets Joan Swigart, a creative fireball and “pioneer in print.” As the two women forge a relationship based on their passion for storytelling, Joan reveals a mystery that she had discovered years ago, but had never solved—a pile of dead letters found in an abandoned general store, just before it was torn down. Joan gives Jessica the letters, each stamped and dated over a hundred years ago, and encourages Jessica to investigate the untold stories of the people and places contained in each one.
Among the letters is a correspondence in Yiddish, which connects to a web of Jewish stories in Pittsburgh. 
This program costs $5 per person. It’s free for Jewish Genealogy Society members. Please register online.
This is a hybrid program. Attendees can participate either online or in-person at the Heinz History Center. In-person attendance will be limited to the first 20 people who register. Social distancing will be enforced. Depending on public health conditions at the time of the program, we may revert to all-virtual format and send updated instructions to all registrants. Attendees in person will get a chance to see the actual letters.

On December 12th at 1pm Eastern (US) join us for our program with professional genealogist Janette Silverman - “Written in Stone: When Gravestones Lie”
As genealogists, we depend on gravestones to give us at least basic information about a decedent: name, for example, and perhaps years of birth and death. What happens when the gravestone doesn’t match other documents – how do you discover the facts? How do you interact with a cemetery to find graves when the gravestone isn’t in their database?
Dr. Janette Silverman is a professional genealogist, heading a team of researchers specializing in Eastern European and Jewish research at AncestryProGenealogists® the division of Ancestry® that does private client research. Her research on behalf of clients takes her all over the U.S. and Europe. Silverman holds a Doctorate in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute. Her dissertation, “In Living Memory” explored her family’s journey from Europe to the U.S. from the 1880s to the 1920s, contextualizing their experiences.
Please visit the event page for more information and to register. This program costs $5 per person. It’s free for Jewish Genealogy Society members. Please register online.

For more information about the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh please visit our website

Thank You
Steven Jaron
JGS of Pittsburgh President