Next Free JewishGen Webinar: The Ships of our Ancestors #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

The entire community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: The Ships of our Ancestors
Speaker: Hal Bookbinder
 Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now

About the Talk
During the active years of Ellis Island, 83,000 ship arrivals were recorded. Between 1880 and 1914 about two million Jewish immigrants arrived from Europe, with most passing through Ellis Island. Until the age of flight, immigrants arrived by sea, first on sailing ships and after the middle of the 19th Century, on steamships. This presentation focuses on the ships on which our ancestors traveled, discussing the shift from sail to steam and the governmental regulations which made ship travel safer and more civilized. It will address the experience of our ancestors in getting to the port of embarkation, being processed for passage, life aboard the vessel, on Ellis Island and in getting to their final destination. It will also address various myths related to our ancestors' emigration travels.

About the Speaker

Hal writes and lectures on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship and safe computing. He has been researching his own roots for more than 30 years and has identified over 4,000 relatives. Hal traces two of his lines back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into modern Moldova and Poland. During the summer of 2018 he traveled through Poland and Ukraine visiting locales where his ancestors resided for hundreds of years.  Hal has served as president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Board member of the JewishGen Ukraine Research Division and Town Leader for Dubno (Rivne Oblast, Ukraine). Hal is a part-time college instructor and retired IT director. He developed and continues to direct a transition-to-work training program for recovering addicts. Hal and his wife were raised in the Catskills of New York State. He and his family now reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his growing series of articles on practicing safe computing at