The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) launched a family discovery journey with its recent completion of a year long workshop series with experts in all fields of genealogy. Continue this momentum by participating in our continuation of a lecture program presenting topics and experts on major genealogical topics. 

JGSGO Mavens will assist those getting started on their family discovery research. Experienced Jewish genealogists can serve as mavens. Beginning and intermediate genealogists will learn important techniques to advance their research and network with valuable experienced genealogists who can guide them through challenging issues. 

Every program will include a Maven Section, where our experienced members will help other members and guests deal with challenging and difficult research issues. The lectures will be recorded and the handouts made available on our web site – jgsgo.org – and both will be accessible to jgsgo members. 



Tuesday, December 4, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Orlando Florida South Family History Center

3000 Howick Street

Orlando, FL 32835

Family Service Center Evening 

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. 

Please go to the home page of JGSGO.org to see a complete description of this organization and its very helpful genealogical services. 

Tuesday November 13, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Family History Stories Lead to Visits in Eastern Europe:  Research Successes Follow Brick Walls

with Dorie Cohn and Laura Kerben LaBoda.


Online Registration

In Person Registration



Tues. Sept. 4, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM



with Diane Jacobs, Ph.D. and Richard Signer, MD 


Two of our members, Diane Jacobs and Dr. Richard Signer, have just returned from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies 2018 annual conference, which was held in Warsaw, Poland.  This event hosted several hundred of the top genealogists from around the world.  Diane and Richard learned from some of the best-known and most-accomplished genealogy speakers of our time.   We are eager to share this wealth of knowledge with our members and with Central Floridians interested in learning about their Jewish heritage.  On September 4, we continue our “My Jewish Roots” series with excellent quality programs to help members find and share their Jewish ancestry.

Diane recently retired from the University of Central Florida, completing 40 years as a tenured medical school faculty member.  She has been doing genealogy research for twenty years, and was a co-chair of IAJGS 2017.  Diane is the President of the JGSGO.

Richard was the second pediatric surgeon in the Central Florida, and was a founder of both Arnold Palmer and Florida Hospitals for Children. He was a pediatric surgeon here for 32 years and was the Chief Medical Officer of Florida Hospital for Children for 14 years, retiring in 2016.


FREE to members, $5 non-member fee, credited toward membership if you join.  

Tuesday June 5, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join the JGSGO for “DNA: Panel Discussion and Q&A,” at the Jewish Community Center of Greater in Maitland, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7 P.M. Three presentations will summarize Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA, their strengths and pitfalls. These will be followed by an open forum taking questions from attendees submitted in advance or from the floor. 

Please visit our home page at www.jgsgo.org for further details about the presenters. 

Tue May 1, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

A video lecture entitled ‘Preserving your Family Papers, Photographs and Books for Future Generations’ with Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer who spoke at IAJGS 2017, Orlando Florida will be presented. This will be followed by further discussion given by Tom Hirsch, who will demonstrate scanning techniques in real time and do scans for participants. 

In Person Registration

Two handouts are available. Click on the handout links. 

Oppenheim Lecture Handout

Hirsch Lecture Handout

Tuesday May 1, 2018

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

For those who cannot attend the May 1 meeting in person, this video lecture via webinar will be made available. Please register, by clicking on the Online Registration button in column 4.

Preserving your Family Papers, Photographs and Books for Future Generations with Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer. 


A handout is available for this video lecture. You will see it in the row just above this one. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Holocaust Memorial Research and Education Center of Florida, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center 

Amazing Holocaust Survival Stories with Joanie Schirm, who recounts her father’s stories about fleeing Czechoslovakia and the Nazis. 

Tuesday March 6, 2018


“Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah Victim’s Names and other Yad Vashem Resources for Beginners” with Serafima Velkovich – originally recorded at the IAJGS 2017 Conference in Orlando

Tuesday March 6, 2018

Live research session to help members who are having difficulty tracing their family trees

Tues February 20, 2018

Online GotoWebinar Program Only

Understanding DNA Matching Technology – MyHeritage Webinars, with Ran Snir, Product Manager, MyHeritage DNA Products

Tues February 6, 2018

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

MyHeritage: 7 Unique Technologies with Daniel Horowitz 

Tues 2 January, 2018  

6:30 PM – 7:50 PM

Seminole County Library Central Branch
215 N. Oxford Road Casselberry, Florida 32707

How your library and your librarian can help your genealogy research, with Pat Russell, librarian and genealogy specialist. 

Wed Dec 20, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


“Making sense of DNA – for the genealogist” with Barry Sieger


Tues Dec 5, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

“Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Using Newspapers for Genealogy Research to Find Your Ancestors” with Gregg Gronlund, Branch Manager, West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Tue Nov 7, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

“Making sense of DNA – for the genealogist” with Barry Sieger


In-Person Participation

On-line Participation


Tue Oct 3, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

HIGHLIGHTS OF IAJGS2017: What We Learned and How It Can Help You, with Diane Jacobs, Ph.D. & Richard Signer, M.D.