03 | Jun
02:00PM
03 | Jun
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Researching Your Galitzianer Family: Vital Records and More

Mark Halpern, a member of the Board of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, will present an in-depth examination of Galician vital records along with a strategy to help researchers in acquiring them. Regulations that governed Jewish record-keeping and the regulations on civil marriages that impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children will be covered. Examination of sample records will reveal the contents and identify those having the most genealogical value.

Ticket Info: JGS members free; guests are welcome, $5 at the door

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

17 | Jun
01:00PM
17 | Jun
01:00PM

walking tour

Family History Today: East Village Lost Synagogues Walking Tour

The East Village Lost Synagogues Walking Tour offers an in-depth look at old shuls and Jewish sites in "Alphabet City." These buildings are less well-known than those in the heart of the Lower East Side, but they are fascinating for their relation to genealogy, architecture, interfaith relations and much more. We will stop by at least one shul that was endangered, but is once again functioning as such. Others have become churches, private homes and a community center.

About the Tour Guide: Ellen Levitt is the "Lost Synagogues Lady," an author and photographer who documents the fates of former synagogues and other Jewish sites throughout New York City, New Jersey and elsewhere in the United States. Her trilogy on The Lost Synagogues of NYC was published by Avotaynu. She has also written about a variety of other topics and works as a teacher and tour guide. She is a lifelong Brooklynite.

Location and Other Details: This tour will begin at First Park, on the corner of 1st Avenue and East 1st Street (just 1 avenue east of the 2nd Avenue F/M subway station). Please plan to arrive at First Park at 12:45 PM to check in. We will not wait more than a few minutes for late arrivals. This tour will take place rain or shine. Please dress modestly and make sure you bring plenty of water, hat/sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Note: Most tour stops are not wheelchair accessible.

Ticket Info: Free; limited spaces are available. Reservations required at www.smarttix.com or 212-868-4444

Tickets: Available online

walking tour

Group Visits and Instructional Sessions

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History welcomes groups and classes of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors may learn how to begin tracing their roots, explore primary sources useful to genealogy research, and gain hands-on experience searching for their ancestors in online databases. We have provided personalized sessions for: high school, undergraduate, and graduate classes, non-profit organizations/societies, and senior centers. All sessions can be customized for a variety of needs and group specifications.

Potential sessions can include:

  • Orientation to genealogy research and resources at the Center for Jewish History.
  • Introduction to using archival sources in genealogy research.
  • Exploration of a selected genealogy topic using collection materials.

If you are interested in learning more please fill out the form and we will be in touch.

Information on general tours can be found here.