I 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
We will also learn about useful tools for narrowing the search when you don’t know the town of origin.
Date: Sunday 17 November 2019
Time: Doors open 2pm, talk begins 2.30pm followed by Q&A and use of resources
Location: Theatrette, 1st Floor Waverley Library, 32-48 Denison St,
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
All welcome but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14 November
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.
Eastern Suburbs Workshop
DATE: Sunday May 19, 2019
TIME: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Waverley Library,
48 Denison Street
BONDI JUNCTION, NSW 2022
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 email@example.com by 14 February
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New look, new editor, same bear!! Kosher Koala has had a facelift but we hope you’ll find the same fascinating features, interesting interviews and non-stop news, views, tips and tricks to guide you along your genealogical journey.
In this issue… We say farewell to outgoing editor Robyn Dryen (don’t worry, she’s still President!!), welcome new editor Dani Haski, Sunny Gold reviews Peter Nash’s memoir Escape from Berlin: A refugee flees anti-Semitism and the Holocaust of WWII to Shanghai and then Australia and we explore a fascinating collection of stories about cemeteries. We have updates on the 2018 AIJGS conference in Poland, a new column, Sledgehammer, for people to share brick wall breakthroughs and information on special events and workshops for 2018.
We love our members contributing stories to Kosher Koala. If you have any stories you’d like to share email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the issue!
Posted in Guest Speaker, Kosher Koala, Research, Workshops
Tagged AJGS, Cemeteries, Guest Speaker, IAJGS Conference, Jewish Genealogy, Kosher Koala, Poland, workshop
The organisers of the 38th IAJGS Conference in Warsaw, Poland in 2018 have announced their call for papers.
Organisers are particularly interested in lectures and presentations that help delegates…
- View their Jewish family history within a historical context. Lecturers are encouraged to include clips of film and/or PowerPoint presentations to provide a multi-media presentation grounded in history.
- Actively explore and Interact with the experts and databases available throughout European and online arenas. Presenters covering websites should be prepared to do live demonstrations or offer computer workshops at our conference. New topics and presentations will be preferred over those offered at prior conferences; however, relevance to our visit to Europe will be considered.
- Develop experience preserving and sharing genealogy with their family and landsleit (neighbors from the same town). We encourage proposing sessions on interviewing, accumulating data, and sharing with family through creative means.
Presentations and panel discussions will generally be scheduled for 60 minutes, which includes 15 minutes of questions.
Hands-on Computer Workshops will be two hours in length and limited to 25 participants each owing to room constraints.
Prospective presenters can submit any number of proposals however the organisers have stated they will generally choose up to three proposals per person to allow for a diversity of voices to be heard in the limited time available.
For more information and to submit your proposal, click here to access the website. Deadline for proposals is December 31, 2017.
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: email@example.com by 27 October
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.
If there are any particular subjects you would like us to organise a talk on please comment below.
On July 23rd, AJGS will hold a workshop at Waverley Library – 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 – in the 1st floor theory room – from 2pm-5pm
Between 3pm and 4pm there will be an exploration of the many and varied facets of JewishGen, one of the most comprehensive Jewish Genealogical websites. If you have any questions about navigating or getting the most out of this resource here’s your chance to ask them.
Before and after this talk you can get help and explore our resources. If you have any particular resources you’d like brought over from Lindfield email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Eastern Suburbs workshop will be held at Waverley Library on October 29.
So we know how many people may be coming along please RSVP for the July workshop to email@example.com