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.

Spring 2019 Genealogy Classes!

It’s that time of the year again, folks – we are announcing our 2019 classes!  Please note that several of these are TENTATIVE. The North Adams classes beginning on March 11 are finalized, but we are still working out the details for the rest.  We will update you as soon as everything is set, but we wanted to give you a heads up that we are coming to a town near you very soon.

Here is our upcoming Class Schedule.

Would you like us to provide a series of classes at your library or facility?  Click Here to find out more.

Ancestry Class at The Berkshire Athenaeum – December 11, 2018 at 2 pm.

December 11, 2018:  Tuesday (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)  Join The Western Mass Roots Events team for a new two hour session entitled “One Family’s History – from 1840 to 1940” using the US Census and Ancestry Library Edition.

In this class, presented by Cathi Iuliano, you will learn how to search for relatives listed on the US Census using the Library Edition of Ancestry. A single family will be traced from 1940 back to 1840, and a sketch of their lives will be constructed using the census and additional documents found on Ancestry. Computer literacy and an email account are required. A personal account is not necessary to take the class.

Registration is required and seating is limited so please call The Berkshire Athenaeum at 413-499-9486, extension 6, to sign up. You may bring your own laptops for use during class.  There is no charge for this class.

Irish Language Classes at Elms College

Elms College is once again offering a series of non-credit Irish Language classes beginning this month.  There’s still time to register for several of the classes, but they start soon so don’t delay if you’re interested.

For further information, cost, directions, class descriptions and registration information, visit this announcement at the Irish Cultural Center website.