This session brought together two genealogists in New Zealand and Australia with two Minnesotans to apply both genealogy and DNA to solve a puzzle that crossed continents and connected families. This search explored records from New Zealand, the Netherlands and Holocaust records coupled with DNA to solve a life-time mystery.
Family Secrets: A Panel Discussion of the film The Flat
Many of us have had the experience of sorting through the belongings of departed family members.In the film The Flat, the filmmaker discovers some surprising secrets in the apartment of his German Jewish grandparents and embarks on a journey to understand them. Our panel explored the complex relationship of German Jews to the country and countrymen of Germany during and after the Holocaust.
J.D. Arden, Center for Jewish History
Exploring Your New York Family History Online
Most of us had family that began their US experience in New York. Their New York experience is an important part of our story. This talk focused on immigrants to New York with an emphasis on resources available at the CJH Ackerman and Ziff Family Genealogy Institute.
Shining a Light on Jewish Genealogy
This webinar was an introductory genealogy class focused upon the beginner-level researcher who wants to start an exploration of their family history and Jewish roots. It covered the basics of how to get started using Internet resources including free websites such as JewishGen, FamilySearch, CJH.org, MyHeritage.com, local public libraries, and paid websites such as Ancestry.com.
Finding Treasures in the Archives
This webinar was presented from two perspectives, an archivist and a user. Kate Dietrick, archivist for the Berman Jewish Archives spoke of what you can expect when you visit the archives and Susan Weinberg, author and genealogist, shared the experience of a user of both the MN Historical Society and the Berman Jewish Archives and what she found on individuals and the broader Jewish community while doing research for her book.
Saving Your Family History
Many of us have them: piles of family papers stashed haphazardly in a box in the attic, photographs peeling off old photo album pages in the basement. As an archivist dealing with old and rare materials, Kate Dietrick offered expert tips to keep memorable items safe for the long haul.
Crossing the Ocean
Examined how to use US records to connect to family records in Europe, locating family in ancestral towns. Case studies in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Belarus.
EvaMoreimi, Tina Edstam
Czechs, China and the Holocaust
Presentation by authors and speakers on Czech Jews and their experience in the Holocaust. Joanie Holzer Schirm, author of My Dear Boy, Eva Moreimi, author of Hidden Recipes and Dr. Tina Edstam on Jewish-Christian relationships in the Czech Republic.
Liba Casson-Nudell, Carol Gurstelle, Tina Edstam, Susan Weinberg, Walter Elias
Visiting Your Ancestral Town
Panel discussion of visits to ancestral towns, identifying the town, preparation, finding a guide, discoveries
Understanding the tools and terminology to find matches in your DNA data using GedMatch.
Never Again? Historical Themes & Genealogical Discoveries
Tina spoke about her travels to both the Czech Republic and Sweden to meet with living relatives. She shared her discovery of family while providing a historical context which connected to contemporary issues of antisemitism.
Jeanne Bielke-Rodenbiker, Susan Weinberg
Library Genealogy Resources/ Your Ancestors' Journey
Jeanne shared genealogical resources available through the Hennepin Library and Susan introduced ways to explore immigration records, followed by a working session.
Pursuing Our History: When Ancestors are Gone
Janet Horvath shared her search into family Holocaust history and a unique connection to Leonard Bernstein that makes her history sing.
Sally Abrams, Claude Riedel, Heewon Lee
Genealogy, DNA and Adoption: Blessings and Pitfalls
Panelists: Sally Abrams, a Beth El member, who recently discovered through DNA analysis a half-sister she never knew she had. Claude Riedel, a retired psychologist, an adoptee himself, who specialized in adoption in his practice. Claude addressed the emotional aspects of searching for birth parents and siblings. Heewon Lee, also an adoptee, a graduate student in the genetic counseling program at the University of Minnesota.
Panel moderated by Walter Elias, President of the MNJGS
A 3-D View of Immigration: Laws, Documents and Story
A 3-D View of Immigration, presents a perspective on immigration through the lens of laws, documents and family story. With a focus on the 1900s, Susan will examine the immigration laws that affected entry, the immigration documents that were created with changes in the law and the stories of the Jews of the 1900s who came to America.
DNA and Ancestral Jewish Roots
The overwhelming majority of Jews living today can trace their roots back to the Middle East with a little DNA testing. Bennett Greenspan discussed what DNA testing has taught us about Jewish roots, shared the latest research and his expertise about how to use DNA to determine ancestral Jewish roots, settle family disputes and connect to long-lost relatives.
Discovering Your Jewish DNA
A private MNJGS evening with world-renowned Jewish DNA expert Bennett Greenspan, founder of Family Tree DNA. Bennett shared personal insights and answered questions about Jewish DNA.
How I Found My Jewish Roots in a Wisconsin Barn
Dr. Steven Heifetz shared the discovery of his ancestral roots in a small town in Wisconsin and some amazing artifacts that played a role in his family today.
DNA Testing: A Genealogical Tool
The Jewish Czech Experience: Historical Overview, Personal Journey
Tina Scott Edstam, Phd taught us about the Jewish Czech Experience through both personal and historical stories.
History & Impact of Immigration Laws in US
(jointly with Or Emet)
Quick Start: Intro to Jewishgen
Minneapolis Library Family History Fair
A 3-D View of Immigration Laws, Documents and Immigrants