Welcome to the
Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

The SCJGS is a nonprofit organization which functions through the voluntary efforts of its membersOur purpose is to share and promote the preservation of genealogical information, techniques, and research tools with people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. 

Lectures and Events

We host monthly ZOOM lectures and presentations  with excellent speakers and  professional genealogists. The SCJGS  is a place to gain information and skills and to meet others who are interested in Jewish family research.

Programs are free for members, and $5.00 for guests. Guests are always welcome to attend our presentations by registering for an individual event. View our upcoming program HERE.

Membership

Anyone interested in Jewish genealogy is welcome to become a member regardless of skill level or geographic location. We welcome all members of all geographic areas as well as all research levels.

The SCJGS is committed to building a strong research member community.  We often host  additional meetings focusing on member research progress, hands-on mentoring for beginners, community meetings focusing on individual brick wall assistance, video watching with discussions and strategies that worked, research tips presented by our experienced members. 

To join SCJGS and learn more about membership benefits and how to become a member; please visit our Membership page HERE.

Member-Only Access

Login to our SCJGS Member-Only Page for access to:

Mailing List

Join Our Mailing List HERE to receive events and educational announcements.

Newsletter 

Shorashim, the SCJGS newsletter, is published electronically three times per year and is free to SCJGS members. Click here for information on how to join the SCJGS. 

For questions or to submit ideas or articles, please email editor@scjgs.org.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 26, 2022 1pm Pacific Time and 4pm Eastern Time

Speaker:  Gil Bardige

Updated: Part 2: Intermediate-Advanced Level: I Got My Autosomal DNA Results, What Are My Next Steps?


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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Sunday, July 17, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider, PhD

Researching Eastern European Jewish Surnames

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Rescheduled for January 22, 2023

Sunday, July 31st, 2022 at 1pm Pacific Time Zone

 

Speaker:  Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

 “I Found My Village! Now What?” Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources 

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Sunday, August 14th, 2022 at 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Karen Franklin

 New Strategies in German Jewish Research

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 2pm Pacific Time and 5pm Eastern Time

Center for Jewish History’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Preserving your Family Photos and Documents: Resource Guide

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Ellen Kowitt

New Jewish Resources on the Genealogy Giant Websites

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.
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