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The Magic Shop: My Grandfather’s Metaphysical Pursuits in 1930’s Austria
Sunday, February 5
The Magic Shop: My Grandfather’s Metaphysical Pursuits in 1930’s Austria  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
This event is free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
After World War I, Helen Goldsmith’s Turkish-Jewish grandfather became fascinated by metaphysics and hand reading. In the 1930s, he set up an office at the back of his wife’s stationery shop on the Stubenring in Vienna, where he advised thousands of clients using hand analysis and other metaphysical methods.  At first, newspaper articles praised her grandfather’s work, but after the Anschluss, articles went from being laudatory to calling him a dangerous quack. After the war, his children, safe in the U.S., never shared stories about his unusual profession. In this talk, Helen will share her journey of discovery and some of the resources and methods that helped her learn about and solve the mysteries of her family.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is free for members. This is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
 
Speaker: Helen Goldsmith is a retired university counselor and administrator. In 2017 after her uncle’s death, she discovered a trove of family papers that he had kept but never shared. The documents span more than a century and originate from Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Israel, and the United States. In January of 2021, she began a daily blog, posting items from this archive, giving them context and recording her journey to discover her family history. The blog can be found on her website:  https://www.womanwithamessage.com/. Her quest to give voice to her ancestors has led her to learn traditional genealogical research techniques and to study hand analysis, the occupation her grandfather pursued.


Sunday, February 26
Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD
Outreach program live at B'nai Israel Congregation. Save the date. More information to be provided.



Best Strategies for City, County and Business Directories
Sunday, March 12
Best Strategies for City, County and Business Directories  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Zoom meeting, free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
Many researchers miss clues and pieces of information that could allow them to discover family members and their relationship to other family members. In this program we will look at case studies to examine the more sophisticated issues of genealogical source evaluation. We will look at the research methods necessary to extract all the information contained in genealogical sources. We will explore how to assemble and combine pieces of information from various sources to form sound genealogical conclusions and maximize indirect evidence.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is free for members. This is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.
 
Speaker: Sydney F. Cruice is a professional genealogist, writer and national lecturer. She is the current President of the Association of Professional Genealogists for the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, and she has served on the Genealogy Advisory Committee for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). She developed the curriculum and has taught Foundations of Genealogy courses at HSP for the past seven years. Sydney cofounded the Greater Philadelphia Genealogy Consortium in 2017 – an organization that encourages the growth and cooperation between genealogy and historical organizations in the greater Philadelphia area (currently 29 member organizations). 



No, You Don’t Really Have 7,900 Fourth Cousins: How to Make Sense of Your Jewish DNA Results
Sunday, April 30
No, You Don’t Really Have 7,900 Fourth Cousins: How to Make Sense of Your Jewish DNA Results  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
By Zoom, or in person at B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD
DNA has the potential to be an essential and exciting genealogical tool. But many Eastern European Jewish testers find their DNA results completely overwhelming and unnavigable. In this talk, Jennifer Mendelsohn will help those with Ashkenazi heritage learn how to make sense of their DNA results. She’ll cover the basics of DNA testing, including why our match lists are so large, (hello, endogamy!) why all our matches seem to match each other (endogamy, again!), and how to spot the meaningful matches and separate them from the faux ones. Using real-life examples of DNA success, you’ll learn techniques that will help you work effectively with DNA to expand your Ashkenazi family tree.
 
This one-hour program is free for members. This is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) Nonmembers may register through Guest Event Registration to attend for a fee of $5, or pay at the door if attending in person.
 
Speaker: Jennifer Mendelsohn is a sought-after genealogist who specializes in helping Eastern European Jewish families shattered by the Holocaust reclaim their history.  She has worked on scores of cases, solving complex family mysteries using a blend of traditional and genetic genealogy. Her sleuthing was featured in the 2019 bestseller Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. In 2022, she co-founded the DNA Reunion Project at the Center for Jewish History, which seeks to promote DNA testing as a tool for helping Holocaust survivors find family.
Mendelsohn is also known for the innovative use of genealogy as a tool for activism. She created the viral hashtag #resistancegenealogy, which uses genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past.