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Virtual Conversations

Here at JewishGen, we have multiple educational opportunities.

Confused where to start?

The BEST place to start, regardless of your research experience, is with a Virtual Conversation.

Here is why:

  • Get professional help setting up a useable research plan that organizes your work

  • Learn/review the most effective way to use the various record collections

  • Receive tips specific to your challenges that show you how to get the most out of your documents

Regardless of your level, there are times when meeting with another researcher can open new ideas, new resources, and a chance to revisit old records that might be updated.

Get started now: send in your application via e-mail. Once this information is received, we will contact you.


  • One-on-one, 45-minute conversation through Zoom

  • Initial evaluation of your family tree, in order to support the organizational and strategic objectives of the session

  • $36 fee

  • Consideration of the best next step at the end of each session


When working with a tutor, it is important to provide your information so that the instructor can be prepared for your virtual conversation.

Please answer these questions in your e-mail:

  1. Have you participated in JewishGen Special Services before?

    1. No, this is my first time
    2. Yes, I’m continuing with the same research problem
    3. Yes, but this is a different research problem
  2. What is your experience doing genealogy research?

    1. Beginner
    2. Intermediate
    3. Advanced
  3. Formulate your question. Describe the research problem or goal you want to discuss during this research strategy session. Be as specific as possible. You may include 2 attachments as described below and reference an online family tree if applicable.

  4. Share what research you’ve already done and focus on the data:

    1. What records have you explored?
    2. What databases or repositories have you tried?
    3. What data are you missing?


You may include up to two attachments (copies of records, documents or photographs) in your email. If this is a record on a database, you may give the address of the record rather than the record itself.

Family Tree

If you keep a family tree file on your favorite genealogy website or program, make sure it’s up to date with your latest discoveries. Your instructor may ask you to send the address of your tree or ask for an invitation to view your tree if it is private.

Please send all the requested information to Marjorie Geiser, at

Next Steps

After reviewing your research request, an expert will confirm your objectives for the virtual conversation. The instructor may have further questions or instructions.

  1. You will be presented with a calendar so that you can make an appointment for your conversation.

  2. Your instructor will ask you to register with JewishGen and make the payment.

  3. You will receive a transaction notification from JewishGen.

  4. You will receive a welcome letter with detailed instructions for the virtual conversation from the expert.

You may also be interested in our Private Mentoring - Individualized Instruction by the Week service.

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