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Sunday January 22, 2023
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us virtually on Sunday January 22at 1:30PM for Michael Morgenstern's presentation "Finding Relatives in the Forverts."

Zoom information will be sent out midweek, the WEEK BEFORE THE MEETING, to JGSMD members.  If you have not renewed your membership for the 2022-2023 membership year, please send your dues ($20 for an individual, $35 for family) ASAP to 5701 Oakshire Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209 to make sure you receive the link.

Founded in 1897, the “Forverts” (Jewish Daily Forward) was the leading Yiddish language newspaper in the United States throughout the 20th century. Most of this newspaper is available to browse digitally for free through the online Historical Jewish Press database. This lecture will examine hidden genealogical gems within this newspaper, some of which can be found with minimal Yiddish skills. The emphasis will be on the personals, which were daily sets of inquiries submitted by readers seeking information on their relatives, and the “Gallery of Missing Husbands." This lecture will also cover the historical and cultural context of the newspaper, which will help evaluate its relevance to a researcher’s individual family history.

Michael Morgenstern is a native of Los Angeles, California. He has been an avid genealogy researcher since he was in high school in 2006. Since 2014, he has worked as an educator at Holocaust Museum LA. He frequently volunteers genealogy research for Holocaust survivors, focusing on those who do not have any prewar family documents or photographs. Michael has presented at IAJGS Conferences and on Uniworld's Jewish heritage themed European river cruises. His latest project has been researching the "Forverts" (Jewish Daily Forward) and translating "The Gallery of Missing Husbands" for JewishGen.
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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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