Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Getting a GRIP on Ashkenazic Jewish Genealogy - Week-long Class

hereThis summer, I'm co-teaching a week-long intensive course on Ashkenazic Jewish Genealogy, along with Emily Garber and Janette Silverman at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.  This is your chance to spend a week learning how to further your Jewish genealogical research at a prestigious institute, being taught by three genealogists who have done significant amounts of in-depth personal and client research.  It won't be a relaxing week, but you'll be sure to learn a ton.
There are still seats remaining, so if you're interested, please register soon!  The course will be in-person in Pittsburgh from July 14-19, 2024.  And no, it will not be recorded.
So what would you learn in this course?

You can see the full details on what will be offered in this course here, with descriptions of each unit.
Overall topics to be covered include:
  • Changing boundaries in Europe; 
  • First names: Hebrew and Vernacular;
  • Ashkenazi surname adoption; 
  • Written in Stone: Burial Customs and Cemetery Records;
  • Moving On: Industrialization and Migration;
  • It’s Hard to Say “Good-bye” – Challenges Faced by Eastern European Emigrants;
  • The Ocean Voyage;
  • Identifying Communities or Origin of the Old Country;
  • Records Specific to the Jewish Community; 
  • Research in the Russian Empire; 
  • Research in Galicia (Austrian Empire);
  • Research in Subcarpathia (Zakarpattia, Ukraine)
  • Finding Family in the Old Country; Getting Creative When Records and Scarce;
  • Holocaust and Pogrom Records;
  • Endogamy, Later Surname Adoption, And More: How Utilizing Jewish DNA for Genealogy is Different (two parts);
  • Tying it all Together; and
  • Essential Jewish Genealogy Websites.

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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