Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Getting a GRIP on Jewish Genealogy - From Home!

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.  And now GRIP will be going virtual, so you don't need to travel to Pittsburgh, and you can have an intense genealogical learning experience from your own home.  There are only a few seats left in our Jewish Genealogy class, but in addition to our class, there are lots of other great offerings.

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.

Read all about registration here.

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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  1. My name is gerri I'm looking for my grand parents graves. They lived in New Jersey. My grand father was Jerome glasser. And my grandmother was Evelyn erinkranz. Please can someone help!

    1. Order their death certificates, which should name the cemetery.

  2. Will a video stream be made available following the presentation?