JGS Cleveland presents “Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Research - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy” with Nolan Altman, Wed, July 6, 7 pm ET on Zoom #announcements #education #jgs-iajgs

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

Join the JGS Cleveland for our next Zoom program on Wed, July 6, 2022, 7-8:30 pm ET: “Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Research - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy” with Nolan Altman.


Program: Headstone inscriptions provide one of the most important tools for those researching their Jewish genealogical history, patronymic naming. This presentation will familiarize the attendees with the evolution of family surnames and the practice of patronymic naming. Recognizing the components of patronymic naming, participants will learn how to take advantage of these clues to link their family through generations. Nolan will go through an actual case study using headstone inscriptions and will show participants online resources to help find headstone information worldwide.


The next part of the presentation will show examples of headstones and what you’ll find if you take a trip to the cemetery. Nolan will explain the meaning of symbols that you will find on stones so you can understand the inscriptions even if you can’t read Hebrew. He will also show many examples of inscription trends, some odd inscriptions, and errors in inscriptions … even well-known ones. With a presentation on cemetery records, you wouldn’t expect to leave laughing, but he guarantees you will.


Speaker: Nolan Altman is the Director of Data Acquisition responsible for growing JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), JewishGen’s Holocaust Database and Memorial Plaques Project database.  His genealogy experience and expertise is extensive serving in many capacities with a wide range of organizations over the past several decades including president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, coordinator of the JewishGen “Holocaust database” with JewishGen, Inc. & the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and at-large member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations.  The recipient of the 2021 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award, Nolan is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on a variety of genealogy topics.


Registration: Required and free - Send an email to rsvp@... by 12 Noon ET on July 6th to receive a Zoom link.  If you are NOT a JGS Cleveland member, please include your name, email, and complete mailing address.


Go to jgscleveland.org for more program, speaker, and membership information.




Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

JGS Cleveland