The Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society is a non-profit volunteer organization established in 2021. SCJGS is a member of the IAJGS, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies affiliated with over eighty other Jewish genealogical societies.  Anyone interested in Jewish genealogy is welcome to become a member regardless of skill level or geographic location . We encourage our members to volunteer their skills and time to sustain and improve the organization.  

The objectives of the SCJGS are:

  • Host monthly presentation by excellent speakers and professional genealogists.
  • To share and increase awareness of genealogical information, techniques, and research tools with people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. 
  • To promote interest and personal engagement in genealogical research.
  • To provide instruction in research methodology, the utilization of resources and adherence to high standards of accuracy and thoroughness.
  • To foster careful documentation and scholarly genealogical writing and publication.
  • To promote the preservation of genealogical records and resources.
  • To hold meetings for the instruction and education of its members and the general public.
  • To build a member community, provide a forum.”genichat”, for member discussion and provide  hands-on mentoring, and brick-wall discussions and assistance.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 5, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Joe Everett, AG®, Eastern European Expert

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

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

Speaker: Hailey Wentz

Please note new time!

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

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Sunday, June 9, 1 pm Pacific

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

 The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper

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Sunday, July 7, 12 pm Pacific

Speaker: Gal Zrihen, Senior Product Manager, Genetic Specialist MyHeritage

 Analyzing your DNA with New Advanced MyHeritage Tools and Features

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