Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 1:00pm Pacific time

Speaker:  Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz, Genealogist

“Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Records”

Description:  If you are researching your Jewish ancestral roots in Poland and would like to go beyond Jewishgen and JRI-Poland to find vital records this presentation is for you.   This program introduces major websites such as Metryki, GenBaza, Szukajwarchiwach (the Polish State Archives), Geneteka, and FamilySearch.  Learn more about the Polish partitions to introduce the history and geography of Poland.  Our speaker genealogist, Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz will illustrate the use of religious records, passenger manifests, naturalization records, and other documents from U.S. sources, to suggest resources and strategies to help you decipher misspelled place names, and discuss the next steps in your research: determining the parish and civil registry office using gazetteers, and obtaining birth, marriage and death records to determine one’s ancestral village accurately. Julie will rely heavily on online sources throughout her presentation, and show how you can trace your Polish ancestry without having to cross the ocean.

About Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is a genealogist, writer and speaker, with over 20 years of experience in researching her familyʼs origins in Poland, Germany, the U.S. and Canada. She is the Secretary of the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts, contributes to a number of genealogy-related Facebook groups, and writes an informative genealogy blog, From Shepherds and Shoemakers.

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

Sunday, February 12, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Emily Garber, Genealogist

Be an Expert: Create a Resource Guide

Description:  One of the greatest challenges when starting research in a new area is learning and understanding the resources that are available. Maps, gazetteers, archival finding aids, Yizkorbooks, and local histories are just a few of the resources needed to build a research toolbox. Learn to prepare a historical sketch and timeline, review a general record category list, topical guides and record types (i.e. archives, repositories, jurisdictions). This presentation will walk through the steps of building oneʼs own resource guide – (whether geographically or topically based) – a valuable tool that may serve as a foundation for oneʼs research for many years to come.

About Emily Garber

Genealogy researcher, writer and speaker, Emily H. Garber, is an anthropological archaeologist by training (B.A. and M.A) and has been researching her family history since 2007. She holds a certificate from Boston University Genealogical Research program and owns Extra Yad Genealogical Services. She has an abiding interest family history methodology and historical context.

Emily has written two books and several articles on genealogical research that have appeared in Avotaynu. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both the IAJGS and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

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

Sunday, February 19, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Lori Barnett

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy: Where do I begin?

Description:  This BEGINNER’S interactive workshop will explore ways to research your Jewish family history using some of the major websites such as Ancestry, JewishGen, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage. Learn research strategies using Ancestry and JewishGen. Understand the importance of details when reviewing documents such as naturalization papers, passenger manifests, death certificates, and more.

About Lori Barnett

As a child, Lori was captivated by her grandparents’ Russian origins and journey to America. She loved listening to their stories and looking at the old family photos. This burning curiosity led her to Skvyra, Ukraine in 2017 to visit her maternal grandmother’s ancestral town. On that trip, Lori realized how little she knew and how much she needed to learn. Her serious genealogical journey began August 2020 which coincided with her retirement as an educator. Since then, Lori has discovered relatives all over the world through DNA accompanied by a thorough paper trail. She has traveled throughout the United States to meet her new found cousins. As part of her genealogical journey, Lori has embarked on writing her familyʼs history. This has led her on a new journey of understanding her ancestorsʼ migration through the study of history. Her ancestors originate from Ukraine and Moldova.

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

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 1 pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Janice Sellers, Genealogist

Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree

Description:  Female relatives can be difficult to trace, but they can be found. This presentation will familiarize you with the strategies of learning what documents contain a maiden name as you immerse yourself in the history and record-keeping of an area. Janice introduces resources and clues, many of which are available online, for tracing the women in your family, including family items, oral histories, federal and state census records, immigration records, vital records, religious records, journals, newspapers, legal and court records, library archives, and manuscript collections. When you dig deeper you will be pleasantly surprised with an answer that will take you back more than one generation.

About Janice Sellers

Janice M. Sellers is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and Genealogical Forum of Oregon. She has volunteered at Family History Centers since 2000 and has researched her own family history for more than 45 years.  Janice has worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor. Janice specializes in Black, Jewish, dual citizenship, forensic, and newspaper research.

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

Sunday, April 2, 2023, 1-3 pm Pacific Time Zone

Dr. Barbara Krasner, PhD

Voices of the Past: Crafting the Stories of Your Family’s History

Description: Ancestors and others who came before us deserve to be remembered. No previous writing experience is required. This 2-hour workshop offers writers of all genres and all levels the opportunity to bring the family stories theyʼve heard and details from ancestral paper trails onto the page. Perhaps you’ve come across a photo or a family heirloom that intrigues you. Maybe you’ve found your immigrant grandparents’ citizenship papers. Maybe that story Uncle Irving told you about your great-grandparents still commands your attention. Join us as we journey to bring life to these voices and share them with our own and new generations.

About Barbara Krasner
Dr. Barbara Krasner, PhD is a former contributing editor to Family Chronicle Magazine and Heritage Quest Magazine and the author of Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors (Heritage Quest, 2001). Her articles have also appeared in Ancestry, Genealogical Computing, Family Tree Magazine, Avotaynu, The Galitzianer, Russian Life, German Life, and other trade publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Krasner holds a PhD in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Gratz College, teaches in the Holocaust & Genocide Studies program at The College of New Jersey.

Non-members pay $10.00 for this 2-hour WORKSHOP. Zoom link, handout and pre-write prompts will be sent 3-weeks prior to the workshop. Members automatically receive a Zoom link but need to register for this event.

Sunday, April 30, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Vera Miller

Getting the Most Out of Online Resources for Ukrainian Genealogy

Description: Come dive into Ukrainian research and break down your brickwalls . Explore online databases and online Ukrainian archival records? Where are the best online forums for Ukrainian genealogy? Where are the online communist era databases ? Find old maps of Ukraine and the latest news on FamilySearch’s efforts to scan archive records? Our speaker ,Vera Miller, will illustrate the best translation tools and techniques?

About Vera Miller
Vera Ivanova Miller has been writing about her journey into Ukrainian and Russian genealogy since 2011. As a former newspaper reporter , Vera
utilized her skills to research and locate lost cousins in Ukraine, Russia and Poland. Vera has researched her family tree from the 1600’s. Vera is the
founder and administrator of Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family, a Facebook group and blog. Vera published Genealogy at a Glance:
Ukrainian Genealogy Research and Genealogy at a Glance: Russian Genealogy Research in 2021, Genealogical Publishing Co. of Baltimore,

Non-members pay $5.00 Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a Zoom link.

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