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, 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.