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Flyer done the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Click JGSGB to see more information and a list of their programs.

vea/15 November 2016/vea
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
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The following notice came from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Ted Knowles will be speaking at Congregation Beth El-Arareth at 561 Ward Street in Newton on Sunday, September 25th from 1:30 to 4:30. I’ve heard from several people who have heard him before that he is excellent.   [Please note that this is not being held at Temple Emanuel. The meeting place has changed for this talk.]  For more information, provided by the JGSGB, read below. 

FamilySearch.org is the largest free genealogical website in the world. It contains the records of over four billion people worldwide and is sponsored by the Church of the Latter Day Saints (the Mormon Church). Todd Knowles will demonstrate how we can make the most ofphoto2-768x844 this vast resource as we search for our Jewish ancestors. In addition to the basic searches, we will learn some tricks to finding the records of our families, including the fast growing collection of online digital records . We will also be shown how to access the Knowles Collection of Jewish records, which includes over 1.4 million people.

W. Todd Knowles is a professional genealogist on the staff of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. After being introduced to family history at the age of 12, he soon discovered his Jewish roots. His journey to learn more about his Polish-Jewish great- great-grandfather led to the creation of the Knowles Collection (knowlescollection.blogspot.com). Knowles has spoken throughout the world and his articles have been widely published. He currently serves as President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Utah.

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.  For more information check http://jgsgb.org/event/getting-the-most-out-of-familysearch-org.

vea/13 September 2016
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide:  
http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy

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Tailors of TomaszowOn Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm, there will be a program on The Lost Society of Polish Jewry. The program centers on The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews. The book was researched and written by Allan Chernoff and his mother, Rena Margulies Chernoff.  Mr. Chernoff will be the presenter. His mother, Rena Chernoff, is among the youngest survivors of the holocaust. The work is a communal memoir and history that begins by describing the prewar life of Tomaszow and its vibrant Jewish community. It then goes on to describe the mounting terror that was part of the systematic destruction of this same community during World War II. How did a small remnant of Tomaszow Jews survive first the Nazi occupation and then the concentration camps?  In the lecture, Mr. Chernoff will examine myths of the Holocaust and explore difficult questions such as: Why were most Jews poorly prepared to resist the Nazis? How did some survive? Heidi Urich, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, will speak about the programs and resources available at the JGSGB. Reference librarian Ginny Audet, will briefly discuss Holocaust-related books owned by the Newton Free Library. A book signing will follow with books provided by New England Mobile Book Fair.

If you come into the library during the month of November, be sure to check the display that was put together about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston in conjunction with the Chernoff lecture .  It will be in the display windows as you walk into the Reference area of the Atrium just off the front lobby of the library.  The JGSGB has put together an impressive display.

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Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
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This Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Professor Antony Polonsky will be speaking at the Newton Free Library about the Jews of Eastern Europe on the Eve of World War II.  Whether you had family who lived in Eastern Europe before the war or want to know more about the topic, this talk should be well worth your time.  Professor Polonsky recreates a rich and vibrant world that is often lost in the shadows of myths,  stereotypes, and what we know now was to come.

Professor Polonsky is currently the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust studies at Brandeis.  Several of the books he has authored or edited are listed below. Besides Professor Polonsky’s books, I have also listed other selected books on the topic for those who would like to do further reading.  For additional information on the talk, click this link.

Books by Antony Polonsky at the Newton Free Library

The Jews in Poland and Russia. (3 vols.) Oxford; Portland, OR: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2010-2012.   947.004 P76J

The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland. Edited by Antony Polonsky and Joanna B. Michlic.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004.   940.531 NEIGHBORS

From Shtetl to Socialism: Studies from Polin. Edited by Antony Polonsky.  London; Washington: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1993.  943.8 FROM

A Selection of Related Books

Cohen, Chester G. Shtetl Finder: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with Names of Residents. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1989.  929.1 COHEN

Dawidowicz, Lucy S. The Golden Tradition: Jewish Life and Thought in Eastern Europe. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 947.004 D32G

Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust.  Edited by Shmuel Spector.  3 vols. Jerusalem: Vad Vashem/New York: New York University Press, 2001.  R 940.531 ENCYCLOPEDIA
—–This work provides the history of the shtetls and cities of nearly every country in continental Europe.  (Exceptions are Bulgaria, Finland, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.)

Gitelman, Zvi Y.  A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union.  New York: Schocken Books: 1988. 947.004 G44C

Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today.  New York: J. Wiley, 1994.  943 G92U

Haumann, Heiko.  A History of Eastern European Jews. Budapest; New York: Central European University Press: 2002.  947.004 HAUMANN

Mokotoff, Gary, Sallyann Amdur Sack, and Alexander Sharon.  Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust.  Revised ed. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2002. R 940.531 M72W
—–This work is key to finding the location of Jewish communities in Europe.  It not only gives you town names, but alternative names, nearby towns, and town names using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System.  This system groups town names phonetically, by how the names sound.  This may be the only way you can find a town whose name has been misspelled. Read the explanatory text (pp. xi-xxvi) before using this book.

Reiss, Lionel S. (Lionel Samson) A World in Twilight: A Portrait of the Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.  New York, Macmillan, 1971. 914.7 R27W

Shternshis, Anna.  Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.  947.004 S56S

Vishniac, Roman. To Give Them Light: The Legacy of Roman Vishniac. Edited by Marion Wiesel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993. 305.892 V82T
—–Vishniac was a photographer who traveled throughout Eastern Europe in the years before World War II.

Roth, Joseph.  Translated by Michael Hofmann. The Wandering Jew. New York : Norton, 2001.  305.892 R74W
—–This is the first English translation of the journalist Joseph Roth who died in 1939. These  writings are about Jews in pre-World War II Europe.

The Yivo Encyclopedia of  Jews in Eastern Europe.  Gershon David Hundert, editor in chief. (2 vols.) New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008  R 305.892 Y65H

Zborowski, Mark and Elizabeth Herzog.  Life is with People: The Jewish Little-Town of Eastern Europe.  New York: International Universities Press, 1962. 296 Z19L

Website

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 W. Sixteenth St.
New York, NY 10011- 6301
Telephone: (212) 246-6080
http://www.yivoinstitute.org

vea/28 September 2012
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com

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Newton Free Library 1992

An invitation is extended to you for  Tuesday, January 11th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Druker Auditorium (first doors on your left as you come into the library  from the parking lot.) . Cary Aufseeser, a member of the Board of the Jewish Genealogical Society, will  present an Introduction to Jewish Genealogy. Mr. Aufseeser began his own genealogical research in 2002 and has been able to trace some of his family lines back to the Middle Ages.

Points to be covered include:

* What’s Jewish about Jewish Genealogy
* How do you get started researching your roots
* Where do you find the records that give you information about your ancestors
* What are the most important online sites
* Where can you find resources to help you with your research in metro Boston

Everyone is  welcome.  No reservations are needed. No movie will be shown. There will be handouts. If you are (or want to become) involved in your own family search, you should take advantage of the opportunity offered by this program. Even if, like me, you have found no Jewish ancestors, I would still encourage you to come. I believe you will find much information here that will be extremely relevant to your own journey of discovery. 

The following evening, on Wednesday, January 12th, there will be a meeting of the Newton Genealogy Club from 7:00 to 9:00. It will be held in Meeting Room  A, which is in the group of rooms directly across from Druker Auditorium. The purpose of the club is to share information on records and approaches for starting or extending participants’ genealogical research. Novices and experienced researchers are both welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring questions from their own research for discussion. Come on in and get acquainted.

vea/5 January 2011
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com

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Newton Free Library November 2010

On Tuesday, December 14, from 7:00 t0 9:00 p.m.,  the Newton Free Library is hosting a viewing of the program “Who Do You Think You Are” featuring Zoe Wanamaker. It will be presented in the Druker Auditorium (first doors on your left as you come into the library  from the parking lot.) Following the showing, there will be  a  question and answer session on researching family history led by Carol Clingan,  Vice President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.

This episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” is from the original British  version, not the recently aired American series. The program shows how Zoe Wanamaker,  a British-American actress, researches her father’s past in America and his reasons for emigrating to Great Britain.  She then tracks her grandfather, Maurice,  a Russian Jew who settled in Chicago.  Ultimately she is able to follow her family name back to the Ukraine.   Whether you are already well into your family history research or just starting to trace  your family tree, you should find both the film and the question and answer session that follows informative and useful. 

On Tuesday, January 11th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Druker Auditorium, there will be an additional program, an Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.  Cary Aufseeser, a member of the Board of the Jewish Genealogical Society, will be the presenter. He  began his own genealogical research in 2002 and has been able to trace some of his family lines back to the Middle Ages. 

All are welcome.  No reservations are needed. If you are (or want to become) involved in your own family search, you should take advantage of the opportunity offered by these two programs. You do not have to have Jewish ancestors to find the information given here extremely relevant to your own journey of discovery.

vea/9 December 2010
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.
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-BOOKS-

How to Trace Your Jewish Family History

Kurzweil, Arthur. From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History. Foreword by Elie Wiesel. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2004  929.1 KURZWEIL

Mokotoff, Gary. Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 1999.  929.108 M72G

Sack, Sallyann Amdur. A Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research in Israel. rev. ed. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1995.  929.108 SACK

Key Reference Book

Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. Edited by Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff.  Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.  R 929.1 A96S

Immigration, Emigration

Joseph, Samuel. Jewish Immigration to the United States from 1881 to 1910. New York: Arno Press, 1969. 325.24 J77J

Auswandererhafen Hamburg: Emigration Port. Hamburg, Germany: Medien-Verlag Schubert, 2000.  943.515 EMIGRATION

Walker, Mack. Germany and the Emigration, 1816-1885. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA, 1964.  325.243 W15G

What’s Available in Boston

Blatt, Warren. Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area. Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston: Boston, 1996. R 929.108 BLATT (also circulating copy)

European Research by Place

Cohen, Chester G. Shtetl Finder: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with Names of Residents. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1989.  929.1 COHEN

Mokotoff, Gary. Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1991.  R 940.531 M72W
Key reference for finding Jewish place names in Europe.  Indexed by pronunciation.

Researching Family Names

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges.  David L. Gold, special consultant for Jewish names.  A Dictionary of Surnames. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.  R 929.42 H19D
This reference work includes a large number of Jewish, Russian, and German names.  Especially useful is the index which includes variants, equivalents, derivatives and cognates. The introduction includes information on Jewish family names, surnames in the Soviet Union, surnames of Eastern Europe outside Russia, and surnames in German-speaking countries.

Languages (for Genealogists)

Shea, Jonathan.  Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1994.  929  S53F
Languages covered include Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Shea, Jonathan. In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish. New Milford, CT: Language and Lineage, 2000. 929.107  SHEA  v.1

Shea, Jonathan.  In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide: Russian. New Milford, CT: Language and Lineage, 2003. 929.107  SHEA  v.2

-KEY WEBSITES-

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
http://www.jgsgb.org

JewishGen: The Official Home of Jewish Genealogy
http://www.jewishgen.org

-BLOG-

Tracing the Tribe
http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com/index.html

7 December 2010 (updated) vea
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.
http://newtonfreelibrary.net

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