JewishGen – A Valuable Asset for Jewish Genealogy

with Diane Jacobs

JewishGen is a web portal that doesn’t advertise itself as frequently as the larger commercial portals and is frequently overlooked by genealogists.  It is a free web site that serves as the global home for Jewish genealogy. It features free access to 30+ million records as well as number of unique resources such as the Family Finder, Discussion Groups, and ViewMate, along with opportunities for researchers to connect with others who share similar interests.   In addition, JewishGen’s extensive informational, educational and historical offerings, such as the Jewish Communities Database, Yizkor Book translations, InfoFiles, and KehilaLinks, provide critical insights, first-hand accounts, and context about Jewish communal and familial life throughout the world.


Diane Jacobs


Diane is a retired professor who restarted her genealogical journey with her first-ever attendance at IAJGS2016 in Seattle.  She was Co-chair of IAJGS2017 in Orlando and continues to attend these international conferences to bring new information back to JGSGO.  She started her genealogical research forty years ago, when most research took place in archives or research sites with microfiche and microfilm readers.  As more resources have become available, so has her research into ancestors in Belarus, Germany and the Czech Republic. Diane recognizes that genealogy has moved from a solitary pastime to a team effort, with more volunteers finding and sharing resources and tips, and frequently doing the heavy lifting of translating old records. She has used JewishGen for many years, frequently finding it a source of information not easily found elsewhere.  She will demonstrate some of its special features and describe some of her own discoveries on that site. 

Special for our 30th anniversary year!  There will be no charge for first time visitors/guests!  We hope curiosity and satisfaction will bring you back to join up for regular membership. 

LOCATION:     Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751. (in “Senior Lounge”).
ADMISSION:   Free for members, $5 for guests, which can be applied to membership.  No charge for first time attendees
TIME:              7:00 P.M.
DATE:             Tuesday, Feb. 4,  2020

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.   Required for either in-person or online participation at  Links will be activated in time to register for meeting!

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About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is a non-profit organization founded in 1990, dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy. Anyone may join the JGSGO. Annual dues are $35 for an individual and $40 for a family. JGSGO’s monthly meetings are free to members.

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Questions? Email, or call 407-494-4230.

Members are encouraged to visit the MEMBER’S BLOG, which we use to publicize interesting and useful items. See the latest blog message that contains a link to the obituary of Gene Starn, who was one of the original founders of JGSGO. 

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