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Past Programs

Current Programs

Non-members/Visitors are welcome to attend programs for a $5.00 fee. If a guest joins the Society the fee will be applied toward the membership dues. Programs generally start at 1:30 PM - see exact time for each meeting, below. Doors open a half-hour earlier. Meetings start with JGSGW business, introductions of new members, and then the guest speaker.

Workshops are open to JGSGW members only. Non-members may join on the day of the workshop unless advance registration is required.

Sunday, January 8, 2017: B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017:
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Sunday, April 2. 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017: Temple Beth Ami, Rockville
Sunday, June 11, 2017: B'nai Israel


 Inclement weather policy: if the synagogue
 (or other venue) is closed, our meeting will not be held.



Sunday, January 8, 2017
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall

"Get them to say YES: Contacting reluctant relatives, making cold calls, and how to use stories, photos, and DNA to enhance your family tree"

Time:   1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker: Mindie Kaplan (Click here for Bio)

The first thing most people think of when interviewing relatives is how many names, dates, or places that person can provide. I turn that idea on its head to get "reluctant" relatives and previously unknown relatives to get excited about being a part of YOUR family tree. This lecture provides a series of concrete techniques for reaching out to relatives, including those who are reluctant to meet with a stranger, and provides examples of research successes to inspire and encourage people to expand their research in new areas. I will be discussing how to locate previously unknown relatives and prepare for meetings that will get people to participate and even want to provide DNA samples. It will also discuss why genealogists should be interested in adding stories, photos, and DNA to their family trees.



Sunday, February 5, 2017
Location:   TBA



Sunday, March 5, 2017
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall



Sunday, April 2, 2017



Sunday, May 7, 2017
Location:   Temple Beth Ami, Rockville



Sunday, June 11, 2017
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall




2016, Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Inc.