Course Detail

Jewish Genealogy: A Comprehensive Introduction GEN223

Course Description

Taught by Nancy Levin and Rhoda Miller, this comprehensive and introductory course will provide researchers with the tools, resources, strategies, and background information specific to Jewish genealogical research. Among numerous topics, participants will learn about: working with foreign languages and alphabets; naming patterns and traditions; border changes; Jewish cemetery research; Holocaust research; and research websites. Country-specific research and documents will be discussed. The seminar will include historical background information as it relates to strategies for locating and interpreting records. Evaluation of evidence will be addressed throughout the seminar.

Prerequisites

* Familiarity with FamilySearch.org and the Family History Library's holdings
* Experience using basic U.S. sources (i.e., vital records, census, naturalization, and immigration documents)
* Laptop or device with wireless capability for classroom and assignment use

Scheduling Details

  • Pre-course work:
    * Have a registered account on JewishGen.org (free or enhanced)
    * Access to and familiarity with Ancestry.com (free trial version or personal subscription)
    * Electronic survey to be returned by July 22, 2013

Textbooks and Class Materials

  • Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff, eds., Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy (Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004). 978-1886223165

    Please use the coupon code "BU" for a discounted price when ordering from this website http://www.avotaynu.com/books/guide-star.html.
    Please note that only registered students are eligible for this discount.

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