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Upcoming events

    • January 23, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 456

    Preserving Holocaust History: Collecting Oral Testimonies and Researching Family Fates

    With experts from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Jo-Ellyn Decker, Research and Reference Librarian, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Ina Navazelskis, Oral Historian, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


    Jaime Monllor, International Outreach Officer, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Join us for a live digital program featuring representatives from the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum who collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public the vast collection of record on the Holocaust.  The Museum has collected and produced over 25,000 interviews, making it one of the largest Holocaust-related oral histories collections in the world.  In addition, it has thousands of collections and millions of pages of searchable material from the International Tracing Service Digital Archive from the Arolsen Archives.  Learn how the Museum continues producing oral history interviews despite the pandemic and hear about the meticulous research process offered -- relevant for Holocaust survivors, their families, and others wishing to discover more about the fate of those persecuted.

    Sunday January 23, 2022 

    10:00 AM To 12:00 PM Mountain Time

    9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share

    Program starts promptly at 10 AM

    On Zoom  

    Speakers’ bios:

    Jo-Ellyn Decker is currently a Research and Reference Librarian in the Holocaust Survivor and Victims Resource Center.  In this role she conducts research using Museum collections, especially the International Tracing Service (ITS) collection from the Arolsen Archives, in order to trace the paths of persecutions related to individuals, Jewish or non-Jewish, persecuted, or discriminated against due to the racial, religious, ethnic, social, and political policies of the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945, this includes, inmates of concentration camps, ghettos, and prisons as well as people who were in hiding or displaced.  Ms. Decker earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Appreciation, Promotion, and Management of Historical and Cultural Antiquities from Bethany College, WV, in 2006 with minors in History and in German. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) from Kent State University in Ohio.  Ms. Decker began her career at the Museum in 2008. 

    Ina Navazelskis is a journalist of 35 years’ experience specializing in East European affairs and 20th century history. Since 2001, she has been on staff at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Oral History Branch. In that time, she has conducted almost 400 in-depth video interviews with Holocaust survivors, witnesses and liberators from over a dozen countries in three languages: English, German and Lithuanian. She has written extensively about the Baltic States in the context of World War II and its aftermath. Her work has appeared in publications such as Newsday, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, St. Petersburg Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Transitions Magazine, Index on Censorship, the German language newspapers Die Zeit and Sueddeutsche Zeitung, as well as the Lithuanian language publications Kauno Dienos and Ieva.  She is also the author of Fragments and Fissures:  Dispatches from Vilnius 1990-1991 (in Lithuanian: Versus Aureus, Vilnius, 2012); Leonid Brezhnev (in English: Chelsea House Publishers; New York, 1987); and Alexander Dubcek (in English: Chelsea House Publishers; New York, 1990).  She was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2009.

    Jaime J. Monllor currently is the International Outreach Officer at the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he oversees a range of international activities under the Museum’s Rescue the Evidence Initiative.  He provides leadership and direction for the development and operation of the outreach program, analyzes its needs, and defines policies, procedures and guidelines for its execution.  He joined the Museum in 1996 to manage the visiting scholar and academic scholarly presentation programs at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.   He also served as a Program Producer for the Museum’s Educational and Public Programs Division, producing a variety of programs that examined the Holocaust and contemporary genocides.  Prior to joining the Museum, he worked at the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Communications.  Jaime earned a M.A. in Language and Foreign Studies / Latin American Studies, American University, Washington, DC, and a B.A. in Communications, University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, PR.

    Free for JGSCO Members

    Free for USHMM Members/a link will be sent to you

    Guests $5

    • February 20, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom


    "Belarus: History of the Jewish community and current research opportunities”

    February 20, 2022

    9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Mountain Time  Schmear,Schmooze, and Share

    10 AM to 12:00 PM Program

    Program on Zoom 

    Yuri Dorn is a well known genealogist, specializing in Jewish genealogy and ancestral tourism to Belarus. He founded Jewish Heritage Research Group in 2002, which consists of professional historians, genealogists and  certified English speaking guides.  Yuri and his staff are not only working in Belorussian archives and arranging ancestral tours to Belarus, but they also put a lot of efforts into restoration and preservation of Jewish heritage in Belarus.

    Members are free but, you must register 

    All  guests $5

    • April 10, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM

    Patronymic Naming and the Genealogical Value of Jewish Cemetery Research

    Featuring Nolan Altman 

    Sunday, April 10th 2022

    10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Standard Time on Zoom

    9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share

    Program starts promptly at 10 AM

    Headstone inscriptions provide one of the most important tools for those researching their Jewish genealogical history, patronymic naming. This presentation will familiarize the attendees with the evolution of family surnames and the practice of patronymic naming. Recognizing the components of patronymic naming, participants will learn how to take advantage of these clues to link their family through generations.  I will go through an actual case study using headstone inscriptions and will show participants online resources to help find headstone information worldwide.

    The next part of the presentation will show examples of headstones and what youll find if you take a trip to the cemetery.   Ill explain the meaning of symbols that you will find on stones.  Even if you cant read Hebrew, I will explain how you can understand the inscriptions.  I will also show many examples of inscription trends, some odd inscriptions, and errors in inscriptions…even well-known ones. 

    With a presentation on cemetery records, you wouldnt expect to leave laughing, but I guarantee you will.

    Meeting will be on Zoom:  Zoom call details will be emailed prior to the event along with Handouts

    Bio:  Nolan Altman was bit by the genealogy bug” when he was inspired to write his family history in 1996 in memory of his mother. After making use of the valuable information on JewishGen, he volunteered to do data entry on various projects. In time, he was asked to become the Coordinator for JewishGens Holocaust Database and subsequently the Coordinator for the JOWBR (JewishGens Online Worldwide Burial Registry) project. Nolan works with volunteers from around the world helping to grow both databases for the benefit of family members and researchers. Nolan currently holds the position of JewishGens Director for Data Acquisition and focuses on growing the JOWBR, Holocaust and Memorial Plaques databases ( In 2021, JOWBR won the IAJGS Outstanding Project Award. 

    In addition, Nolan served as President and Treasurer for his local society (JGSLI) and still serves as an at-large board member. He created their award-winning YouTube library of instructive videos (

    He also served in various roles, including Vice-president and Chair of the Membership Development Committee, for the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Board from 2009-2021. 

    Nolan continues to write articles and present to social groups and adult education classes. He has had articles published in Avotaynu, Dorot, Stammbaum, Shemot, LIneage, and the FEEFHS Journal.  

    In 2021, Nolan was recognized by the IAJGS with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the organizations volunteer award was renamed in his honor, the Nolan Altman IAJGS Volunteer of the Year Award.

    All JGSCO members can attend at no cost but, all members must register at !

    Guests are $5


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