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Fundamentals I: Fresh Start

To Begin or to Begin Again:

Are you looking to delve into the world of genealogy and discover your family's history? Look no further than our expert-led class, designed for both beginners and those looking to rekindle their passion for genealogy.

Our tutors, mentors, and coaches will guide you through the tips, tools, and techniques of Jewish genealogy in the United States.

Have you started their genealogical journey?

Disappointed that collecting names, dates, and places doesn't bring your ancestors alive?

The facts are not the whole story.

Fresh Start will help you uncover the stories behind the facts.

Let JewishGen Education help you uncover the rich tapestry of your family's history.

Course Outline

  • The Planning Process and Getting Organized
    • Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
    • Genealogy Charts and Forms
    • Organization of Information
    • Researching and Evaluating Results
    • Preserving Documents & Photographs
    • Computer Basics: Labelling Files and Folders, Printing, Web Pages
  • Genealogy Research and the Major U.S. Databases
    • U.S. Federal Census
    • U.S. Vital Records and How to Acquire Them
    • Passenger Manifests and Ellis Island

Skills you will learn

Fresh Start will help you find facts in the United States. Help you stay focused and organized. Help you sort through databases online. Prepare you to move across the ocean to the land of former residence. Without the names of your immigrants’ ancestors and without the name of the place of former residence, it is not possible to search the old country Databases on JewishGen.


JewishGen provides a private online forum where you will set goals for your research and collaborate one-on-one with the instructor. Our classes have flexible, hours, allowing you to participate 24/7, regardless of your location or time zone. The instructor may host Zoom meetings to provide guidance on how to use the private forum, help you analyze your data, develop effective search strategies.


Students should feel comfortable with computers and have 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, research online and interact with the instructor.


Part of the Fundamentals Series. Each class $150 / VAS $132. Any other class after the first class is discounted to $132.

Contact Information

For any questions, email the instructor at

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