All Jewish genealogy research classes free in May – celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month


May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Join us at Legacy Family Tree Webinars as we honor those with Jewish American heritage.

Through the end of May, our entire library of Jewish Genealogy classes at is free to the public.

Watch these classes for free in May

Jewish Genealogy with by Deborah J. Kroopkin. 

Debbie Kroopkin will explain the structure and purpose of the many components of the website. She will address how to connect with other researchers, how to identify and learn about your town overseas, and how to search for ancestors. Her presentation will provide details that will help researchers glean as much information as possible from

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Finding Jewish Records in the MyHeritage Search Engine by Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritage Search technology has been thoroughly updated recently. Join MyHeritage expert genealogist Daniel Horowitz in a fast-paced session on this new technology. Learn how it works, and how it can benefit your Jewish research. Learn how to effortlessly cover thousands of important repositories in a single search.

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Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Learn about Jewish history, migration and genetics. Also hear from the first-hand experience of Maria Apodaca.

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Lessons in Jewish DNA: One Man’s Successes and What He Learned On the Journey by Israel Pickholtz

The hottest topic in genealogy in recent years has been genetics and many thousands of genealogists have ordered DNA tests. Most of those haven’t a clue what to do with their results. The situation is more complicated among Jews, who have married "within the tribe" for hundreds of years, thus ensuring that everyone is related to everyone else, multiple times. Marrying within a closed community – "endogamy" – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community. This presentation – as in the speaker’s book" ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People" – does not bring a "how to" approach, as every family is different. The speaker prefers a "how I did it" approach, demonstrating the successes he has had in his own families and the general lessons which are applicable to all genetic genealogy research. His goal is to inspire his listeners and readers to say "I can do this!"

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Jewish Genealogy’s Other Side: Sephardic Research by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Just a few short years ago, those looking for accessible Sephardic resources were simply out of luck. However, thanks to the internet, there are specialized websites, new books, online archival resources, Facebook groups, dedicated conferences and much more. We will analyze archival documents, discuss many websites, educational resources and new research.

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Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Some do know, others suspect, but for the majority of genealogists, it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. Many of these initial discoveries come from having done a DNA test. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this "new" field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

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What’s New in Austrian and Czech Jewish Genealogy by E. Randol Schoenberg

Researchers interested in the Austro-Hungarian empire will enjoy this presentation of the myriad available resources for perhaps the world’s best-documented Jewish communities. Although focused on Austria and the Czech Republic (Bohemia and Moravia), anyone with roots in Slovakia, Galicia and Hungary will also find useful information, as there is hardly a family in the empire that did not send someone to the capitol city of Vienna. Learn how to access all of the amazing records for your genealogical research at this updated presentation.

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Jewish Family Research Challenges by Garri Regev

Jewish family research can be complex. Using as our basis we’ll have a chance to experience locating an ancestral village, searching for records in Poland, Lithuania & Galicia, finding others researching similar family names and accessing tombstone information. Additional websites with information available will be mentioned as well –;; GesherGalicia. org;; You’ll better understand the kinds of records available, strategies to interpreting them and important clues in building a Jewish family history will be discussed.

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Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD by Rose Feldman

A person’s life is lived 24 hours a day, and includes much more than BMD. A person is involved in all facets of everyday life and we just need to think where to look for the sources that will tell these stories, and in what archive they can be found. The sources can deal with the socio-economic situation, immigration, socialism, the community, politics, education, occupation, youth movements and others. The aim of the lecture is to show examples of various sources and in what archives or types of archives they were found. This will include the internet and social media. The next step will be for the audience to incorporate the ideas presented into their own family research. Most of the examples will be from the Israel Genealogy Research Association’s [IGRA] All Israel Database (AID) collection.

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Researching Your Jewish Ancestors by Jennifer Alford

Whether you have a Jewish ancestor or are looking to assist others, this webinar will step you through the recommended research process. Jennifer will present tips on unique aspects of Jewish life and guide viewers through the discovery of the hometown of her great-grandfather.

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Source: Legacy News

Posted On: May 14, 2021 at 01:24PM