Monday, February 3, 2020

Get a GRIP on Jewish Genealogy

This summer, I'm co-teaching a week-long intensive course on Jewish Genealogy, along with Emily Garber, Janette Silverman, and Marian Smith at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.  Where else would you want to spend the week of July 19 but in beautiful Pittsburgh!  Registration opens this Wednesday, with limited seats.

So what would you learn in this course?

Overall topics to be covered include:
  • Changing boundaries in Europe; 
  • European industrialization and migration; 
  • Hebrew and vernacular first names; 
  • Ashkenazi surname adoption; 
  • Developing a Jewish genealogy research plan; 
  • Immigration, settlement and naturalization in the United States; 
  • Considerations for analyzing Jewish DNA for genealogy; 
  • Records specific to the Jewish community; 
  • Burial customs and cemetery records;
  • Identifying immigrants’ original first and last names and communities of origin in the Old Country; 
  • Conducting research in Russian and Austrian-Hungarian Empire records; 
  • Getting creative when records are scarce;
  • Holocaust and pogrom records; and 
  • Essential Jewish genealogy websites. 
You can see the full details on what will be offered in this course here, with descriptions of each unit.

And there are some other pretty amazing-sounding classes being offered; you can see the full list here.

So how do you register?  Registration opens this Wednesday, February 5.  The time (yes, people wait and pounce to make sure they get into the class of their choice) depends on when the class you're registering for is offered:
  • June week: opens 11 AM Eastern/8 AM Pacific 
  • July 6 week: opens 1 PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific 
  • July 19 week: opens 3 PM Eastern/Noon Pacific (this is the week for our Jewish course)
Emily has done a great job pulling all of this together.  We're really excited to be able to give this course, and we hope to see you at GRIP this summer!

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