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Sunday March 31, 2024
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us virtually on Sunday March 31, 2024 at 1:30PM for Jody Tzucker's presentation, "Litvak research: Using more than Vital Records to Paint a Picture of your Family."

Zoom information will be sent out the week before the meeting to JGSMD members.

During this talk I will help define what Litvak research is, show tools to locate your shtetl, and discuss various record sources which are available through both LitvakSIG and other sources to get a better picture of the lives of your Litvak ancestors. I will give examples of the types of records you can find and how to get them translated. This will be an overview of the plethora of data both online and in the archival sources.

Jody has been studying her family since she was a 6 year old girl, spending time with extended family in Middletown and Cincinnati Ohio. So began a lifelong fascination with piecing together the puzzle of who belonged where on the tree. Her formal genealogy research began in the early 1980ís after teaching a unit for the 7th graders at the religious school of her synagogue.

She attended the Institute for Foreign Language and Culture at the University of Erlangen, Germany, where she studied Russian and Spanish, then spent a year at the University of Barcelona, Spain. As an adult she earned a degree in Anthropology and Geography at Indiana University. These areas of study combine to create the perfect backdrop for genealogical research.

After a successful career in the travel industry as a corporate travel manager, she retired and devoted more time to volunteer work and genealogy. She is an administrator and founder of the Facebook Group Genealogical Translations, a moderator of the Suwalk-Lomza Facebook page, Coordinator of the Suwalki and Siauliai District Research Groups of LitvakSIG, on the program planning committee for the NE Indiana JGS, and a board member and current president of LitvakSIG. Her hobbies include drawing, quilting, baking, and caring for her grandchildren.
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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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