Meeting Summaries and Handouts


January 17: Sharon Taylor, “Using for Genealogical Research


December 6: Jarrett Ross, “The Soil From Which They Grew: A History of The Alliance Colony”

August: Judy Baston, “Finding Your Livak Family

January: Frederic Blum, “How to Locate Individuals Through Genealogy”, List of Websites to locate Holocaust Survivors.


November: Deborah Long ” Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust”, List of Resources

October: Jordan Auslander Researching New York City Resources Remotely

September: Sarina Roffe ” Solving a Converso Mystery”,  Sephardic Heritage Project Sources


November: W. Todd Knowles, Power Point Presentation: Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research

September: Genealogical Resources in the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection

January: Hadassah Lipsius, Researching Your Warszawa Family Roots

February: Rhoda Miller, Topic: Evidence Analysis: Which is the Right Record?


November: Alan E. Jordan, Probate Records: Wills and Estates, Why to Search and How to Search

Joel Spector Growth of the Russian Jewish Population From Early Historical Data Through the 1897 Census


December: Dr. Theodore Schurr, Univ. of PA, Dept. of Anthropology; Director of National Geographic Genographic Project; Topic: What DNA tells us about the Jewish Diaspora. Meeting Summary DNA Slides


January: David Brill, RIG Coordinator Topic: Routes out of Russia

February: Karen Franklin, Director, Family Research Program, Leo Baeck Institute; Topic: The Plaut Family: Tracing the Legacy

March: Jon Entine, Author and Documentary Producer Abraham’s Children: Topic: Race, Identity,and the DNA of the Chosen People

April: Harry Boonin, Author and JGSGP Founding President; Topic: The Life and Times of Congregation Kesher Israel

May: Beth Wenger, Director of Jewish Studies Programs at University of Pennsylvania Topic: The Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America

September: JGSGP Members Recap of Chicago IAJGS Conference & Preview of 2009 Conference in Philadelphia

October: Suzan Wynne, Author of The Galitzianers: The Jews of Galicia, 1772-1918 Topic:The Lives of our Galician Ancestors


March: Fred Blum and Diane Cowan, Topic: Secrets of Finding People

April: Steve Morse, Creator of One-Step Webpages, Topic: Jewish Calendar Demystified

May: Harry Boonin, Founding President, JGSGP and Author, ” the Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia” Topic: Jewish Newspaper Research in Philadelphia

June: Rabbi Lance Sussman, Rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, A Jewish Historian’s Look at Jewish Genealogy

September: Feedback from JGSGP members on the 27th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy

November: Bennett Greenspan, Founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA: Jewish Genealogy and the Current State of DNA Research

December: Dr. Arthur Kiron, Curator of Judaica, University of Pennsylvania Library Topic: American Genizah Project


March: Linda Cantor, Co-Chair, 26th IAJGS Conference Topic: New York City Research and Introduction to 2006 NYC Conference

April:  Megan Smolenyak , A Laymans Guide to Using DNA to Further Your Research Author; Topic: Trace Your Roots with DNA  

May: Mark Halpern, Board Member, Jewish Records Indexing – Poland Topic: JRI-Poland, the Records and More

June: Don Davis, Chief Archivist, Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center; Topic: PJAC’s New Home — Facilities and Resources for Genealogists

September: JGSGP Members Feedback from the 26th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy

October: Peter Lande, Dedicated Volunteer at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Topic: Schmul and Rebeka: Did they really die in the Holocaust? Old, New and Future Sources of Information

November: Ron Arons, Author, The Jews of Sing Topic: The Internet Beyond JewishGen and Steve Morse’s Website

December: Michael Goldstein, Jerusalem Based Genealogical Researcher Topic: Do You Have Family in Israel. Now Let’s Find Them