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Sun, Dec 11


online via Zoom

The Fluidity of Names

Did you ever notice that our Jewish ancestors had a lot of first names: a Yiddish name, a Hebrew name, a nickname, and a name for every country where they lived? MNJGS President Susan Weinberg will help you track our ancestors’ changing given names.

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The Fluidity of Names
The Fluidity of Names

Time & Location

Dec 11, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST

online via Zoom

About The Event

On December 11, 2022 at 1 PM CST, Susan Weinberg will present a program, The Fluidity of Names. Given names have a much longer history than surnames in Jewish history and often contain significant family history due to naming patterns. So how do you work back to their original name to find them in their ancestral town and how do you identify the name (s) they took in the United States? Then how do you use that information to build out your tree? Join Susan in an exploration of Jewish given names, how to find them, trace them, and use them to expand your genealogy. She will present sources and methods in a variety of cases to make sense of this often-puzzling subject!

Susan Weinberg is an artist, writer and professional genealogist. She enjoys solving puzzles and telling stories and genealogy offers her many opportunities to do so. Weinberg serves as President of the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society (MNJGS) and is on the board of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). She is the author of We Spoke Jewish: A Legacy in Stories, a book based on the stories of Jewish elders in Minnesota. Her research has taken her to archives and ancestral towns in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania as well as to Holocaust records in Germany. As a volunteer with, she creates websites on ancestral towns and can often be found photographing tombstones in the overgrown cemeteries in Eastern Europe.  

The program will take place on-line via Zoom. For more information and to register go to Questions can be emailed to MNJGS at The program is free for members, $5 for non-members. Payments can be made at

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