WMJGS

We are looking for volunteers to help run the group and for new members. 

Please email Jonathon Podolsky at genealogy@podolsky.cc

Jewish Genealogy: Naming Patterns and the Value of Jewish Cemetery Records

October 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Congregation B'Nai Israel, Library Room, 253 Prospect St, Northampton, MA 01060. 


Jewish memorial plaques, headstone inscriptions and burial records can provide crucial information to genealogists. Hebrew name inscriptions, based on patronymics, can link together two generations of Hebrew names unlike any other source document. This can be especially helpful when trying to link first generation American ancestors to their European families. Through photographic examples and case studies, you will see what information and symbols are found on stones and how the information can help to create your family tree. This talk is open to those of all levels who are considering researching their Jewish roots. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

Bio: Nolan Altman is a a member of the board of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), VP of JewishGen (the premier website for Jewish genealogy research) where he coordinates: JOWBR (JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry) Database, Memorial Plaques Database, and Holocaust Database. He has presented Jewish genealogy talks at the college level, at numerous IAJGS conferences, and published articles in several major genealogical journals. Mr. Altman is the immediate past president of the JGS of Long Island and a member of JGSNY.

Sponsored by: Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society (WMJGS) in conjunction with Congregation B'Nai Israel.

Contact: If you have any questions, email Jonathon Podolsky at genealogy@podolsky.cc

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8 Reasons You Should Consider Joining a Local Genealogical Society: www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_orFUl51U4

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