Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time

Speaker: Gil Bardige

 Part 1: Updated: Help! I Just Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused

Prioritize your match list, get organized and reduce stress and confusion

Description

This first presentation in a two-part series is A MUST for the serious ancestral researcher.  This presentation, geared for the beginner through intermediate researcher, will provide specific guidance on how to use DNA/Genetic Genealogy as an effective tool in your genealogy tool belt.  Gil will review examples from the four major DNA testing companies to clarify ethnicity estimates and give a detailed review of the specific tools available with each testing company.  With these recommended formulas, data analysis and techniques, you will learn to prioritize matches, despite endogamy with the end goal viewed in your family tree as you learn to connect with your matches. 

Watch for Gil’s second part of this series which teaches techniques to analyze your matches as you advance your genetic genealogy skills.

About Gil Bardige

Gil Bardige, recently retired, has been a genealogist for over 40 years, with over 10 years of experience in DNA/Genetic Genealogy.  He has been recognized as someone who can clarify ethnicity estimates and help you understand what matches mean and how to know which ones to respond to and what to expect. He has tested at all 4 major companies and is a Project Manager at FTDNA on 3 projects including Jewish R1b. Gil was Business Development Executive for Trane, traveling nationally for nearly 11 years making presentations to Fortune 250 corporations.  He understands the need for clear concise slides that build on the screens so as not to overwhelm the audience.  Gil is high energy, humorous, speaks clearly, and makes sure that the audience is engaged and participates.  

Gil has utilized DNA to confirm a family relationship on his family tree and even utilized it to prove no relations despite the same surname.

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

June 12, 2022, 11am Pacific Time Zone

Speaker:  Serafima Velkovich

The Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names and Other Sources at Yad Vashem

Over 4.8 million of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices are commemorated in Yad Vashem’s online Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names. The lecture will highlight new features and materials, as well as “tips” on utilizing the database to the fullest.  It will also include guidance on the use of other Yad Vashem sources online that are relevant for genealogists.

About Serafima Velkovich

Serafima Velkovich is the Head of the Family Roots Research Section in the Reference and Information Department of the Yad Vashem Archives division. She has been working at Yad Vashem for 16 years. She is also a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Serafima was closely involved in the work on names material in Yad Vashem`s databases. At the same time, the main research field is family roots. She lectures on the use of Yad Vashem resources for genealogical and other research to various groups, as well as to visiting genealogists and organizations who make use of genealogical tools for their research.  She participates in international conferences and films on Holocaust topics.

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

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time 

Speaker: Gil Bardige

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

Description

Now that you have watched the first presentation you are no longer a beginner.  You have followed the formulas and prioritized your matches; you made contact with the matches and added everyone to your tree (probably not). 

Now, what should you do? What are the next steps? This presentation will guide you through the next steps including modifying Gil’s formulae for prioritization and the next levels of realistic matches. This will include triangulation, applying DNA Clusters, and DNA Painter techniques.* The goal is to assist you in continuing to have a formal process that you can tailor to your own needs to prioritize and track, confirm/deny your DNA match results that can help: breakdown brick walls in your genealogy research, confirm genealogical relationships, refute genealogy relationships you couldn’t prove by common resources (i.e. same surname or town but distant or no DNA relationship). This will include a couple of brief case studies of how Gil used these techniques in his own research.

About Gil Bardige

Gil Bardige, recently retired, has been a genealogist for over 40 years, with over 10 years of experience in DNA/Genetic Genealogy.  He has been recognized as someone who can clarify ethnicity estimates and help you understand what matches mean and how to know which ones to respond to and what to expect. He has tested at all 4 major companies and is a Project Manager at FTDNA on 3 projects including Jewish R1b. Gil was Business Development Executive for Trane, traveling nationally for nearly 11 years making presentations to Fortune 250 corporations.  He understands the need for clear concise slides that build on the screens so as not to overwhelm the audience.  Gil is high energy, humorous, speaks clearly, and makes sure that the audience is engaged and participates.  

Gil has utilized DNA to confirm a family relationship on his family tree and even utilized it to prove no relations despite the same surname.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time

Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider, PhD

Jewish Surnames from Eastern Europe

Dr. Beider is recognized as the leading authority on Jewish names from Eastern Europe.  A large majority of Jews of the Russian Empire received their family names only about 200 years ago managed internally within Jewish communities.    Dr. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools to unravel the history of the Jewish people, evolution, migrations and naming traditions. .

Dr. Beider has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Ashkenazic and Sephardic surnames , Ashkenazic given names, Origins of Yiddish Names and many more.  His latest work is the Roots of Jews from the Ottoman Empire.  You do not want to miss this presentation!

As a result, the names adopted in the Russian Empire reflect a panorama of Jewish life at the beginning of the 19th century including: languages used and their peculiarities, occupations, given names, and places of settlement.  Some surnames provide information about ancestors who lived well before the 19th century, according to Alexander.

About Alexander Beider

Alexander Beider holds one doctoral degree in applied mathematics (Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, 1989) and another in Jewish Studies (Sorbonne, Paris, 2000). He uses onomastics and linguistics as tools to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Ashkenazic and Sephardic surnames and Ashkenazic given names, all published by Avotaynu Inc. (1993-2019). His book Origins of Yiddish Dialects, published by Oxford University Press (2015), sheds light on the early stages of the development of Yiddish. Beider was born in Moscow (Russia) and lives in Paris (France) since 1990.

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

 

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

Speaker:  Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

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

Description

Online Resources Description: Finding vital records for one’s family in Poland is a critical step in exploring our Polish ancestry, but can sometimes be confusing. After a brief overview of the Polish partitions to introduce beginners to the history and geography of Poland, Julie will illustrate the use of church records, passenger manifests, naturalization records, and other documents from U.S. sources, to determine one’s ancestral village accurately. She’ll 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. 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 nearly 30 years of experience in researching her family’s origins in Poland, Germany, the U.S. and Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the State University of New York in Buffalo and a master’s degree in endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her passion for genealogical research started when she was a graduate student, after she was given a copy of her great-grandparents’ marriage record as a gift. After reading the names of a previously- unknown generation of ancestors on that document, she was hooked. She currently volunteers as administrator and regular contributor to a number of genealogy-related Facebook groups, and serves as Secretary for the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts. Her articles have been published in the journals of the Polish Genealogical Society of America and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts, and she is also the author of a genealogy blog, From Shepherds and Shoemakers. Julie currently resides in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her husband and their youngest daughter.

 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 

Center for Jewish History’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Preserving your Family Photos and Documents: Resource Guide

Have you been meaning to get your family photos and documents under control and to ensure that they will be preserved for future generations? While it may seem like a daunting process, it’s not insurmountable if you tackle it step by step. In an interactive online presentation, the Center for Jewish History’s reference librarians will explain how you can organize, digitize, and safely store your family photos and documents through manageable, affordable steps. Then, they’ll answer questions about your specific preservation needs and challenges.

About Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education.

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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