Upcoming Events

  • Apr 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
    Zoom link will be provided after RSVP
    Who are these cousins you keep hearing about? And how are they related to you?
  • May 23, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
    Zoom event
    Foundations of Eastern European Genealogy workshop provided by the Heinz History Center, in Pittsburgh, PA, Presented in partnership with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.

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How to Utilize The JewishGen Discussion Group Effectively 

June 27   1:00 PM-2:30 PM 

Speaker: Phil Goldfarb   President of Tulsa JGS 

Crowdsourcing, drawing on the network of Jewish genealogists, is one of the most effective way to solve our genealogical puzzles. One of the best vehicles for crowdsourcing is The JewishGen Discussion Group (JGDC), the most widely used Discussion Group in Jewish Genealogy. This program will address a range of topics including how to make effective use of this resource, accessing archival messages, use of hashtags, how to avoid having your message rejected or deleted. and some of the success stories that have come out of the JGDG.  


Sept 19th TBD

Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust 

Nov 7  1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Speaker: Debbie Long   Professional educator, speaker and author 


There are numerous resources available to trace the Holocaust history of our families. Knowledge of these resources can provide important information in your search, determining the fate of those who remained and building out a family tree that ties to those who survived.  This session will focus on the many resources that can assist you in your search. 


Mining the Manifest

Dec 12  1:00 PM -3:00 PM   Annual Meeting 

Speaker: Susan Weinberg, President MNJGS, author, genealogy consultant, speaker

After 1906, immigration manifests offer a wealth of information, but what do you do if your family came over prior to that time? And how did they get from New York to Minnesota?  We will take a look at derivative naturalization documents, trace contacts they were going to through the NY vital records and follow immigrants who found their route through Canada. Once in New York, we will explore how you can follow their journey to Minnesota.  

other online Events

During this time of social distancing many of our traditional gatherings have moved to webinars. This may enable us to explore offerings of other organizations as our community has widened beyond our geographic area. Check here for upcoming events from other genealogical organizations.

center for jewish history

WHAT: Tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for Genealogy Coffee Break, a short talk on a specific topic with one of their genealogy librarians. Discover recommended resources and strategies for online research, and have your questions answered live. If you have a topic you'd like them to cover, write to them at gi@cjh.org. Catch up on the entire series here

WHEN: Ongoing every Tuesday at 3:30 pm EST


The Orange County (CA) Jewish Genealogical Society is offering some Zoom programs available to OCJGS members for free and to nonmembers for $5. 

Upcoming events include


April 25 at 12:00 pm (Central time zone)
Ellen Kowitt: Strategies for Ukraine Research 2021.

May 23 at 12:00 pm (Central time zone)
Miriam Weiner: Exciting new additions at RoutesToRoots

Look into their events here.

RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience

The February conference is over, but the videos will remain up for a year. Register and make sure you have an account set up with Familysearch to access them. Familysearch accounts are free of charge.

For more information and to register click here

romanian genealogy 


WHAT: Research or Bust:

Essential Romanian Records Search

WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021  

(10:30 am-12:00 Central Time)

This session will explore what it takes to dig deep for your roots in Romania. one of the most difficult locations to research since most records are not digitized nor online. Then, whether you will go to the Archives in person or will hire a researcher, learn what you need to know in advance.


 Discussion will include:

  • Records and where to find them
  • Record availability; history and holdings 

  • Archives and their regional differences with specifics to Banat and Transylvania

  • Politics and inconsistencies of record keeping; challenges and considerations

  • Steps  to access and copy records in Romania (remote or in-person); planning, rules and regulations, fees, etc.

Alexandra will also address what you may find in the records; typical layouts, languages, scripts and translations. 

Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Provided through Go To Meeting.


Questions? Contact info@romaniangenealogy.com

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4330 S. Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416

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