JGSGO Launches "My Jewish Roots


A Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando Workshop Roadshow

Start on a family discovery journey with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) as it launches “My Jewish Roots—a JGSGO Workshop Roadshow”.

Join in for all 10 workshops, coming to locations throughout the Orlando metro area or participate over the Internet. Each participant’s family discovery journey will include directed hands on labs that will lead to extending their family tree—adding newly discovered ancestors and living cousins.

The first “My Jewish Roots” workshop, “Create a Baseline”, will cover the fundamentals of starting your family discovery journey: how to write down what you currently know, how to interview and record living relatives, finding family history artifacts, how to select family tree software, the importance of collecting DNA, and other topics important to preparing and organizing your family history. Future workshops will cover: how to connect to family discovery resources and experts; how to discover the ancestral towns outside of the U.S .; how to decide which DNA tests, who to test and with which company to test; making meaning of your DNA results; researching with Ancestry.com; researching family in the Shoah; and researching ancestral records in the native country.

Marlis Glaser Humphrey, will lead the “Create a Baseline” workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 7—9 p.m. at the Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. The evening is open to the public and admission is free.

Humphrey is the president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and president of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS), a world-known lecturer, and has discovered all her ancestral shtetls. Marlis and JGSGO mavens will assist workshop attendees as they start their family discovery journey on their own laptops.

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. For more information visit http://www.jgsgo.org and “like” at http://www.facebook.com/jgsgreaterorlando .

About “My Jewish Roots” a JGSGO Workshop Roadshow

“My Jewish Roots” is series of 10 monthly hands on workshops hosted by the JGSGO and co-hosted by the Roth JCC, Rosen JCC, UCF Hillel, Ohev Shalom, and Temple Israel in rotation at their facilities and also joinable over the Internet. The goal of the Roadshow is to assist attendees in discovering their family tree and to prepare the Orlando Jewish community to get the most out of the upcoming 37 Annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. This premiere international conference will be held for the first time in Florida with local host JGSGO and enable many to further discover their Jewish roots. For more information visit http://www.jgsgo.org/MyJewishRoots.


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