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Immigration Study Group

Discover how your ancestral family got from their shtetl to the port of departure and onto a ship. Learn to use the Google Earth mapping tool to recreate the journey. Research how tickets were bought and delivered, medical exams, papers, illegal crossing, shipping companies, agents, bribes and dangers.

In 2021 and 2022, this study group produced several research papers that give us a jump start. Hap Ponedol brings his expertise to the class with images of your towns and routes to the ports. See his website for details.

Format: Our study groups are peer-oriented and are led by a coordinator. They are set in a private discussion forum. This online forum is open 24/7, has no scheduled times as our students are international, enabling everyone to read/view/post at leisure. There are Sunday discussions via Zoom.

Requirements: Students should feel comfortable with computers and have 8-10 hours per week to read the assignment, research online and interact in the discussions and/or by online postings.

Tuition for this course is $150. Registration will open two weeks before class begins. Class size is limited and enrollment will close when course is full.

If you have any questions, please email the instructor at

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