JewishGen education

Research Your Roots Using JewishGen

This course is designed for those researchers relatively new to JewishGen, who wish to use all the databases and communication facilities of JewishGen to further their research and explore a family branch for which they know the town of origin.

We will focus on developing a methodology for foreign research, including: (1) the Family Document, containing summaries of key data on your family branch, (2) the JewishGen Research Table, with a list of others researching your surname or shtetl, and (3) a family descriptive paragraph to connect with others.

This course is limited to the databases and facilities of JewishGen and our partners (JRI-Poland, Gesher Galicia, SteveMorse and the Special Interest Groups); US census, vital records or Naturalizations are covered in the home study courses (New York or the Complex US Genealogy).

Course Material: The course includes 7 written lessons (10-20 pages each) and 3 ZOOM sessions. Major Topics include:

Format: We are proud of our unique personal mentoring courses which feature an online FORUM where you'll be encouraged to post one ancestral branch (one surname), set goals for your research, and work one-on-one with the instructor to research your branch using JewishGen. Our forum has no scheduled times as our students are international, enabling everyone to read/view/post at leisure. Class members will be invited to participate in a weekly ZOOM session to discuss questions about the lessons, search strategies and record analysis.

Please select a branch for which you have:

  1. The name (preferably the Jewish name) and approximate year of birth of the immigrant(s), and
  2. The former town of birth or residence

To best utilize this course, we suggest you have 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, research online and interact with the FORUM.

Tuition for this Course is $150.

For questions, please email Nancy Holden.

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