Please join us on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, when Rick Gwynallen presents our next program: “B’nai Israel Descendants’ Day Research Using Reverse Genealogy.”
Descendants’ Day at B’nai Israel is simultaneously an extensive genealogical and history project and a unique community-building initiative, connecting people to their heritage and drawing fresh attention and energy to the historic Jewish community of Jonestown. B’nai Israel Congregation partnered with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and the Jewish Museum of Maryland to research the living descendants of Jewish families involved in B’nai Israel and the Jonestown community, going back into the late 19th century. The project’s goal is to update the existing historical record with new and inclusive information about the people who lived, worked, and worshipped there and to identify their descendants. The Descendants' Day project is an ambitious multi-year undertaking, with the first year culminating in the first B'nai Israel Descendants' Day Shabbaton on March 20–22, 2020.
This project is an example of reverse genealogy; instead of primarily looking into the ancestry of a research subject, we are attempting to identify living descendants. Sources and strategies for this type of genealogical research will be discussed.
Richard Gwynallen is the Director of Special Projects for B’nai Israel Congregation. Just prior to his position at B’nai Israel, he spent thirteen years working in community development in West Baltimore. He writes essays on his own family’s history and has done extensive genealogical research as a passion.
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to JGSMD membership fee) after their first meeting. Please check our web site at www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.
See our past programs here.
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JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
Some of the attendees: