Jewish Genealogy for Beginners

Wednesday, June 12, 6–8:30 p.m.

Forbes Library 20 West St., Northampton, MA 01060

Join us for a free informative program designed for researchers with limited experience.

Topics include: 

  • Why Jewish genealogy is unique (and challenging!)
  • Gathering and organizing family information
  • Using resources such as websites, libraries, cemeteries
  • Using DNA matches to connect with other researchers


More about us:

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Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast

Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut

May 8, 2019 from 5:45-7:45 p.m.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT.

Many researchers are dismayed when they realize that some of the records they need to research their families are in Russian. Some people give up at this point thinking that they can never master a non-Roman alphabet. But fear not! The PGSCTNE and the JCSC are having an activity to teach you to conquer your fear and get you reading the records in no time.

To make you more comfortable with your “new” alphabet, they are offering a “hands on” interactive workshop in which you will learn to recognize and write all the letter symbols in the Cyrillic alphabet as well as know what sounds each letter represents. They will also talk about the concept of transliteration — the process of changing words from one alphabet to another. Emphasis will be placed on personal names and place names.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday evening May 8, 2019 from 5:45-7:45 p.m. at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT.  There is no change for this activity.  Pre-registration is required. To register please email Diane Szepanski at

The workshop, which will be conducted by foreign language professor Jonathan Shea, will be limited to fifteen persons.  If the demand exceeds this number the workshop will be repeated in June.