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Why Participating in the Jewish Family Tree Initiative Was a Success

by Gary Sobol, Boulder

 

My genealogy research success had stalled last year. Then I heard about a workshop series called the Jewish Family Tree Initiative (JFTI), being offered by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado (JGSCO).
 
I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge transferred in these classes. A lot of time was spent on utilizing resources of the Jewish Genealogy website, such as the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), Discussion Groups, JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) etc. Using JOWBR, I was able to locate burial information of one great grandfather and one great grandmother. In both cases, I learned the cities in which they were buried. I then contacted the vital records departments and obtained their death certificates. In both cases the death certificates listed at least one parent.

My genealogy research success had stalled last year. Then I heard about a workshop series called the Jewish Family Tree Initiative (JFTI), being offered by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado (JGSCO).

I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge transferred in these classes. A lot of time was spent on utilizing resources of the Jewish Genealogy website, such as the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), Discussion Groups, JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) etc. Using JOWBR, I was able to locate burial information of one great grandfather and one great grandmother. In both cases, I learned the cities in which they were buried. I then contacted the vital records departments and obtained their death certificates. In both cases the death certificates listed at least one parent.