27 November 2007

Miami: World Jewish records, Dec. 2

Jerusalem-based genealogist Michael Goldstein will speak on "A Wealth of World Jewish Records," at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

The Sunday, December 2 meeting begins at 9.30am with a networking and brick wall session, followed by the main program at 10am, at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Jewish genealogists around the globe seek information about their ancestors; few realize that one of the greatest sources for research lies in Israel.

Many people don't know that Israeli archives and internet sites have amassed collections of historical and contemporary information about Jews around the world, including Poland, Russia, Spain and China. Even those who know that Israeli archives hold these ancestral information keys may not realize recent vast advances made in facilitating data access for worldwide research and finding Israeli family.

Goldstein will offer general guidelines about contacting and accessing Israeli archives. He will share interesting case studies and data on how family mysteries were solved by accessing lesser-known Israeli archives. Tips will be offered on finding Israeli-based shtetl tax rolls, migration records from Galicia to New York , ketubot from around the world, Polish vital records, Yad Vashem resources, and evidence of ancestral assets of those who never left Russia .

Canadian-born, Goldstein is a professional genealogist who researches, mentors, lectures, and conducts workshops in Israel and North America. He conducts worldwide Jewish research and guides North Americans in locating and connecting with their Israeli family, facilitating the use of local Israeli research sources. He holds a BA (Concordia University), an MSW (Yeshiva University) and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, The Israel Genealogical Society and Jewish Genealogy Society of Montreal.

The Federation building is at 4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Picture ID required; for parking information, directions and more, click here.

Future meetings: Genealogy internet expert Steve Morse will speak to the group on Sunday, February 10.

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