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, May 5, 1pm Pacific

Speaker: Joe Everett, AG®, Eastern European Expert

Advance Your Jewish Research in the Former Russian Empire with these Important Online Resources and Strategies

Description: Advance your Eastern European research with this comprehensive program with examples of research techniques and online records.

Overview of the landscape of records for Jewish Research in this area including JewishGen

Major Genealogical Sites

  • FamilySearch: Review different ways to find images, with deeper look at the Images feature, important use of the catalog and locating unindexed records.
  • Brief Overview of Records on Ancestry, MyHeritage

Major Archive Sites

  • Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia State Archives sites – Dive into Tips for navigating records on these sites.
  • Ukraine Archives: Overview of the government archives portal, individual archive webpages and Alex Krakovsky’s site.
  • Russian Archives – overview of their government archives portal and individual archives webpages. Some examples of online records

Belarus Discussion

  • FamilySearch has some records digitized from microfilm done in the 1990’s and 2000’s.
  • Belarus Archives have not put their own records online
  • Records found in Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia archives
  • JewishGen, examples of indexed records.

About Joe Everett
Joseph B. Everett, AG®, MLS is the Family and Local History Librarian at Brigham Young University. In his 25-year career he has also worked for FamilySearch and Ancestry. He has a BA in Family History/Genealogy and Russian Language, and a Master’s in Library Science. He is accredited in German and Russian Empire research.

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

Sunday, May 19, 10:30am Pacific (1.5 Hr)

Speaker: Hailey Wentz, Genealogist
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME!

Navigating Russian Records Pt. 2: Tear Down the Wall to Research Jewish Roots in Mother Russia

Description: This workshop builds on our past Russian records (metrical, revision and 1897 census). We deepen our practice in Russian with key genealogy vocabulary and grammar essentials. Know and recognize key words, common vocabulary and abbreviations found in Russian language genealogical documents as well as deciphering additional parts of the document,

Next we will learn language strategies and searching skills to analyze and draw conclusions from Russian records and source documents. Know the difference between feminine and masculine names with surname gender variations, patronymic, and given names. Learn methods for tracing immigrant origins, how to navigate and locate relevant records and decipher additional parts of the Russian document. We will look for Immigration patterns to theorize where your ancestor came from and why they may have migrated.

About Hailey Wentz
Hailey Wentz is an up-and-coming genealogist with an emphasis in Latin American research and Eastern European genealogy. She specializes in Ladino and Russian language research.

Hailey’s love for Jewish genealogical research began during her internship at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, where she met many researchers with Jewish roots. The primary motivation behind her career is paying forward the knowledge she has acquired through teaching, both in individual and group settings.

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

Sunday, June 9, 1 pm Pacific

Speaker: Cyndi Ingle, Genealogist, Owner Cyndi’s List

The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper

Description: When Google and traditional search engines don’t return useful information, don’t stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The “hidden web” lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.
Also called the Deep Web or the Invisible Web. This is the part of the web that cannot be indexed by search engines. It is generally web sites with pages that are dynamically created as a result of specific searches within databases hosted on the web site. The content is hidden behind the search forms.

About Cyndi Ingle
Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized CyndisList.com, a free categorized list of more than 320,000 links for genealogical research. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 43 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Cyndi is the recipient of several awards and honors, she has served in several capacities for genealogical organizations, she is an internationally-known guest lecturer, and she has authored numerous articles and three books. Cyndi is the Executive Director for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She is a columnist for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

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

Sunday, July 9, 12 pm Pacific

Speaker: Gal Zrihen, Senior Manager Genetic Research MyHeritage

Analyzing your DNA with New Advanced MyHeritage Tools and Features

Description: This lecture reviews important DNA tools such as AutoClusters,Shared DNA Matches, cM Explainer tool, One-to-One Chromosome Browser (shared DNA segments), One-to-Many Chromosome Browser (triangulated segments), Theory of Family Relativity, Shared Surnames and Locations, Smart Matches and Record Matches, Uploading GEDCOM, Labeling and filtering DNA Matches.

Ethnicity and Genetic groups are dynamically created as a result of specific searches within databases hosted on the web site. The content is hidden behind the search forms.

About Gal Zrihen
Gal Zrihen is a Senior Product Manager at MyHeritage, responsible for the development and growth of MyHeritage’s DNA testing products, leading a talented team of developers, QA Engineers, and designers to create and optimize DNA users’ entire journey including Ethnicity Estimate, DNA Matches, and tools for genetic genealogy research.

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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