19 May 2011

New York: Galicia, Hungary, Lithuania on the menu, May 22

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York has two programs planned for Sunday, May 22, covering Galicia, Hungary and Lithuania.

Both sessions will be held at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, Manhattan. Admission is free for NY JGS members, $5 for others.

11am-12:30pm: Gesher Galicia regional meeting.
  • Pamela Weisberger will begin with a virtual tour of the new Gesher Galicia website, a review of the Cadastral Map Landowner Records Project and an introduction to the new Galician 20-century voter records initiative.
    • Israeli researcher Hanna Palmon will discuss her fall 2010 trip to the Lviv and Ternopil Archives and visit to the Busk, Ukraine cemetery.
      • David Semmel will introduce his new historical novel, “The 11th of Av,” set in Przemsyl, and based on the lives of his Galician grandparents.
        • Mark Halpern will update attendees on JRI-Poland's Galician records indexing.
          • A preview of the IAJGS 2011 Conference program (August 14-19, Washington DC) preview, focusing on the “Galicia Jewish Museum” in Krakow and Jewish life from the earliest settlements to the present day.
          2pm: JGSNY program: "Methods from the Mavens: Researching Galicia, Hungary and Lithuania" will feature a panel moderated by Linda Cantor, with researchers Jordan Auslander, Eden Joachim, Mark Halpern.

          Each panelist will share expertise and experience. Learn what types of historical documents and vital records are available and how to access them. Learn what you can do from home and how to prepare for on site visits to ancestral homes.
            • Jordan Auslander: Hungary. His history BA degree had seen practical use in title search, real estate and other research contracted for various literary projects, before he got into genealogy, like everyone -  too late. A former urban transportation planner, he is now a New York-based professional genealogist, lecturer and expert witness. He has pursued case research across the United States, Europe and Israel. He contributed the Hungarian chapter in the "Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora;" translated, created and published an index to vital records in the Slovak State Archive system, and "A Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary." See the Hungarian ShtetLink.
              • Eden Joachim: Lithuania. She has spent more than 30 years in finance and human resources, and has been tracing her family roots since 1991. Her research resulted in connections to Lithuania, Belarus, Congress Poland, Galician Poland and Prussia. She helped establish a Genealogy Center at the Holocaust Museum and Study Center in Spring Valley, NY. On the Litvak SIG board 2007, she serves as treasurer and vice president and is archive coordinator of two Polish State Archives for JRI-Poland. She has held leadership positions in the Vilna District Research Group, Gesher Galicia, the JGS of Bergen County and on the JGSNY executive committee.
                • Mark Halpern: Galicia. A retired chemical company executive, he's been researching his Galitzianer and Litvak roots since 1996. Mark is a member of the executive committee and board of directors of Jewish Records Indexing – Poland and also serves on the Gesher Galicia advisory board. He was program chair for the 2009 Conference on Jewish Genealogy (Philadelphia) and is immediate past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia. Mark is the originator and coordinator of BIALYGen, the Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group and coordinates a project to index and restore the Jewish Cemetery in Bialystok, Poland. He lives in West Chester, but was born in Paterson, New Jersey and is a long-time member of the JGSNY.
                • Moderator Linda Cantor is JGSNY past president. A retired New York City teacher, she's been researching her family history for more than 25 years on her Lithuanian, Galician and Volhynian roots. She is a former JGS of Long Island president, a former IAJGS board member, and coordinator of several Lithuanian town SIGs. Linda was the 19th Annual Conference on Jewish Genealogy registration chair, the 26th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy co-chair, JGSNY secretary and member for more than 25 years.
                Join the experts for two excellent sessions on Sunday, May 22.

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