21 December 2008

Boston: Genealogy course starts Feb. 2

For the second year, Hebrew College and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) are collaborating to offer Foundations of Jewish Genealogical Research, a course providing serious adult students with a strong Jewish genealogy foundation with the tools to research their family origins.

Among the essentials are methodology and resources, as well as relevant world history and geography, and DNA research.

The eight-evening course (Monday, February 2 through Monday, April 6, 2009) meets from 7-9pm at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre.

Instructors include JGSB's experienced genealogists led by president Heidi Ulrich and former co-president Jay Sage.

Topics covered include:

-Getting started (basic steps, strategy, skills)
-Technical tools and online resources
-Jewish migration, the diaspora and changing borders
-Identifying immigrant ancestors (methods, resources for researching US family)
-Finding families in European records and learning about their lives
-Researching Ancestors (Polish, Lithuanian, German and Austro-Hungarian records)
-DNA Research
-Identifying Holocaust victims and survivors
-Finding family in Israel.
-Using research (make connections, publicize findings)

Also included is one-on-one help and a hand's-on intro to internet research.

Registration is limited to 25 students who must have basic computer skills. the cost is $250. For more information and a registration form, click here or call 617-796-8522.

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