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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.

The subject of the talk at this workshop is Holocaust Records.

Many of our families did not speak of the Holocaust. First-hand experiences were too painful to detail, second-hand information was possibly not reliable – but mostly they wanted to protect children and grandchildren from the stark reality of horrendous suffering.

We now wish to know more – sadly, it is often too late to ask.

Can we find the names of immediate and extended family who did not survive? Can we find out what happened in our parents’ / grandparents’ / great-grandparents’ towns during the war? What records and testimonies exist and how do we access them? What else can we find?

Robyn Dryen will outline the many available collections and databases for attempting to reconstruct your family’s experiences in Europe and elsewhere during WW2.

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

Eastern Suburbs Workshop

TOPIC: Making sense of DNA data:
How can my DNA test tell me I have Ashkenazi, Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage?

Genealogical DNA testing has exploded in popularity over the last few years but you might be asking yourself how useful is it really and what does it all mean?

  • What’s the difference between autosomal and mitochondrial testing?
  • Should I upload my results to other services like GedMatch?
  • How do I do this and what are the privacy implications?
  • How do I work out how I’m related to the people who come up as my matches?
  • Why are the percentages so small and what on earth is a centimorgan?

Dani Haski will work through the various aspects of genealogical DNA – what it is, the different testing regimes available, how to interpret your results and how to use some of the new tools available from the big players to climb new branches of your family tree. She will also discuss some of the big research projects on specific aspects of Jewish DNA.

Monday 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

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.

The talk will begin at 2.30 and will be approximately 1 hour.
The talk will be followed by time for questions and queries from about 3.30pm

Location: Theatrette, Waverley Library.

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

Come along, learn new things and get some help with your research. Our Eastern Suburbs Workshops generally consist of a talk followed by time for members and guests to get some assistance with their research from more experienced family historians.

There will be a talk about Holocaust Resources, presented by robyn Dryen, at 2.30pm. Members and guests can browse resources before and after the talk.

Eastern Suburbs Workshop

Come along, learn new things and get some help with your research. Our Eastern Suburbs Workshops generally consist of a talk followed by time for members and guests to get some assistance with their research from more experienced family historians.

Sunday Workshop – Eastern Suburbs

Location: Waverley Library, 1st Floor Theory Room, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction

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.

Bring along your “Where do I find ….????” questions.

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

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