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, July 7, 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.

Speaker: Emily Garber, Genealogist

How Did They Get From There to Here? Bradshaw’s Railway Guide and
Other Tools of Discovery

Description: How did your European ancestors get from their homes to ports of embarkation? This presentation will feature resources that can help us understand what emigrants knew before they set off on the overland legs of their journeys and what they likely experienced during travel. Resources will include Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide, Algemeyne Yedies (by the Jewish Colonization Society), high definition maps and immigrant journals.

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’s Genealogical Research program and owns Extra Yad Genealogical Services. She has an abiding interest in family history methodology and historical context.

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

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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