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Eastern Suburbs Workshop

Come along and get some help with your research. Access society resources and browse our library. Society members can help you break through your brick walls and open up new lines of enquiry.

Eastern Suburbs Workshop

Come along and get some help with your research. Access society resources and browse our library. Society members can help you break through your brick walls and open up new lines of enquiry.

Eastern Suburbs Workshop

Come along and get some help with your research. Access society resources and browse our library. Society members can help you break through your brick walls and open up new lines of enquiry.

Eastern Suburbs Workshop

Why use FamilySearch to research Jewish roots?

This talk will explore features of the LDS or Mormons’ FamilySearch website which are particularly useful for researching Jewish family history. FamilySearch has digital images of many records not available elsewhere and is a free resource.

Robyn Dryen will show you how to

  • use the catalogue to find specific databases;
  • find digital images using both indexed and un-indexed records;
  • navigate the Knowles collection of Jewish family genealogies; and
  • explore the digitised book collection.

Eastern Suburbs Workshop

AJGS Eastern Suburbs Workshop usually consist of a short talk followed by time to browse resources or get some help with your research. The library closes at 5m so workshops usually wrap up at 4:45.

thought my family were Polish Jews??
Their records say Poland but also Russia, Austria and Galicia!

Come and learn about the changing borders in Eastern Europe and how to find useful records for researching your family’s Jewish roots.

We’ll explore databases including

  • Jewish Records Indexing Poland (JRI-Pol);
  • the JewishGen databases for Poland, Lithuania, and Austria/Hungary;
  • Gesher Galicia;
  • the Polish State Archives and
  • Familysearch.

We will also learn about useful tools for narrowing the search when you don’t know the town of origin.

All welcome but please RSVP to society@ajgs.org.au by 14 November

Eastern Suburbs Workshop

Sephardi Genealogy – A video presentation. *

  • Have you ever wondered whether your family were Crypto Jews?
  • Are you trying to trace Spanish or Portuguese heritage?
  • Have you taken a DNA test and been surprised that your results show Sephardi ancestors when you thought they were all Ashkenazi?

Dani Haski introduces two lectures by leading Sephardic genealogists. They were recorded at an International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) conference.

Genie Milgrom– The Inquisition: The Jews Who Stayed

We know a lot about the Jews that left Spain in 1492 for the Ottoman Empire but what happened to the Jews that stayed behind? This presentation focuses on the historical development of the Crypto Jews in Spain and Portugal and their colonies.

Genie is author of How I found My 15 Grandmothers.She was born in Cuba into a Catholic Family of Spanish Ancestry. In an unparalleled work of genealogy, she was able to fully document her unbroken Jewish lineage as far back as 1405 to Pre Inquisition Spain and Portugal. As Past President of the JGS of Greater Miami and the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies she has travelled extensively doing Crypto Jewish Research.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti– The Inquisition: The Jews Who Left

During the Inquisition, many Jews left following the events of 1391 and 1492. This lecture focuses on where they went, the organizations they created in new places, how they maintained connections with their brethren around the world, and the significance of those newly formed Sephardic communities.

Schelly is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com and Founder of Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook. She has traced her family across Eastern Europe, Spain and Iran for 30+ years. She is co-administrator of several DNA projects including the IberianAshkenaz DNA Project and the Jewish Persian DNA Project.

When:  Sunday 18 August
Time:    2pm – 4.45pm (Screening will begin at 2.15 and Q&A/discussion will follow)
Where: Theatrette, Waverley Library, 32-48 Denison St, Bondi Junction
All welcome but please RSVP to: society@ajgs.org.auby 15 August .

Eastern Suburbs Workshop – Feb 17, 2019

Cemeteries and Symbols – Understanding Jewish cemeteries and burial records *

  • Ever wondered about the symbolism or Hebrew writing on your ancestor’s headstone?
  • In small cemeteries, why do some graves appear to be located apart from the rest?
  • Do you know where to look for your great-grandparents’ burials?

This talk by Robyn Dryen will help you navigate the customs and practice of Jewish burials, and identify likely sources of burial records for your ancestors.

When: Sunday, 17 February 2019
Time: 2pm – 4.45pm
Where: Theatrette, Waverley Library,
32-48 Denison Street, Bondi Junction

The talk will begin at 2.30 and will last approximately 1 hour.
It will be followed by time for questions , queries and research help between 3.30pm and 4.30pm

This is a free event. All are welcome but please RSVP to society@ajgs.org.au by 14 February

Eastern Suburbs Workshop – October 29th

The next AJGS Eastern Suburbs workshop will be held on Sunday, 29 October 2017 from 2pm to 5pm at Waverley Library – 1st Floor Theory Room (32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction).

We’ll be looking at Really Useful Websites for Jewish Genealogy

  • Not sure what the surname was?
  • Can’t work out what name Yankel or Sora used when they landed in London? or New York? or Sydney?
  • Beyond Yad Vashem, what websites are there for Holocaust research?
  • Where can I look for Sephardic records? Dutch records? English records?
  • Looking for vital records but don’t have a subscription to paid sites?
  • Looking for overseas newspapers?

This workshop will explore sites which offer handy tools for Jewish genealogical research so bring along your “Where do I find ….????” questions.

All welcome but please RSVP to: society@ajgs.org.au by 27 October

Successful Waverley Workshop

AJGS ran a hugely successful Sunday workshop on July 23rd at Waverley Library. Over 20 people attended. AJGS president Robyn Dryen gave a hugely informative talk on getting the most out of Jewishgen.

AJGS and Waverley Library are keen to run more workshops in the Eastern Suburbs so keep an eye out for further announcements. The next scheduled Eastern Suburbs workshop is October 29. Click HERE for more details.

If there are any particular subjects you would like us to organise a talk on please comment below.