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Sunday May 30, 2021
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday May 30 at 1:30PM for Mark Halpern's presentation "The Basics of Jewish Research in Poland."

Zoom information will be sent out midweek, the WEEK BEFORE THE MEETING, to JGSMD members.

Jewish Records Indexing – Poland is now 24 years old. It now contains about 6.2 million entries for 600 cities and towns in today’s Poland and sections of Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania that were formerly part of Poland.

This session will deal with Jewish records and research in the four historical areas of Poland – Congress Poland, Galicia, Grodno Gubernia (Pale of Settlement), and Prussian Poland. Participants will learn how to find out what records exist for your town. Sample birth, marriage, death, and census type records will be examined revealing the information contained in the records and identifying the records having the most genealogical value. And, JRI-Poland’s database search functionality will be demonstrated. While on business in Poland, Mark became interested in his roots. Now retired, Mark works with JRI–Poland, JewishGen, IAJGS, and Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP) helping others research their roots. Mark serves on the Board and Executive Group of JRI-Poland, is the founder of Bialystok Area Jewish Genealogy Group, is on the Advisory Board of Gesher Galicia, and is past President of JGASGP. Mark chaired the program committees for the 2009 and 2013 Conferences and served as advance coordinator for the 2018 Warsaw Conference. Mark was honored in 2018 with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.
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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!
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