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Sunday, February 24
A Genealogy Double-Header with Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist, MyHeritage  (Programs)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver
Daniel Horowitz, the Genealogy Expert with MyHeritage, will present two talks that answer the following questions:
  • What is MyHeritage and why is it beneficial to me?
  • I have thousands of DNA matches.  Now what?
What is MyHeritage and Why is it Beneficial to Me?
MyHeritage great technologies are the intersection of technology and genealogy: Smart Matches, Record Matches, Record Detective, Instant Discoveries, Photo Discoveries, Global Name Translation, PedigreeMap and Consistency Checker are just a few. Daniel will describe the challenges they solve and explain how you can make the most of them.
 
I Have Thousands of DNA Matches, Now What?
The MyHeritage DNA Matching service enables those who have taken a DNA test to enjoy exceptional matching capabilities, displaying the possible relationship between you and the other person. Daniel will explain the nuances of DNA tests and share how you can use the ancestral surnames and places in both trees, common matches and the chromosome browser to narrow down the good matches and decide who you should contact, all this with a Jewish twist. 
 
More details about the program can be found in the pdf here  (page 2).
 
This program is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can buy a ticket using a credit card at https://squareup.com/store/jewish-genealogical-society-of-colorado (preferred), send a check to JGSCO, or pay at the door.
 
Please note DAT's policies allow you to bring in drinks such as water or coffee, etc., but outside food cannot be brought onto their premises.



Sunday, March 10
Researching Your Litvak Roots Using LitvakSIG and the All Lithuania Database with Barry Halpern  (Programs)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver

Program Description

Did your ancestors come from Lithuania?  Do you want to know more about your Litvak heritage? Barry Halpern will present an overview of the LitvakSIG (the Litvak “Special Interest Group”) organization, its website and related resources, including the All Lithuania Database (now in excess of two million translated records.  Learn how to determine what records are available, how best to access the information, and how to optimize searches and understand the results.  LitvakSIG is the primary internet resource for Lithuanian-Jewish (“Litvak”) genealogy research worldwide. Its mission is to preserve Litvak heritage by discovering, collecting, documenting and disseminating information about the once vibrant Jewish community of Lithuania.

Barry will guide you through the use of Litvak resources, using real world examples from LitvakSIG and the All Lithuania Database (“ALD”).  LitvakSIG has been serving the Lithuanian Jewish community for more than 20 years and continues to leverage its global resources and relationships to expand its databases.

Even if you’re not a Litvak, you’re welcome to attend and obtain tips and guidance on how a “SIG” works, how best to search different databases, and how to utilize online resources from the national archives.

Barry Halpern

Barry Halpern is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.  He has been researching his family history on and off for more than 15 years, though much more intensely during the past several years since he retired from a 35 year career in the insurance business.  Barry and family have had a long-time interest in Jewish communities in Asia, having lived and worked there for about 20 years.  In retirement, he has become an active amateur at several pursuits:  genealogy, photography, astronomy and tennis, and authored the book about his search for his father’s family history:  “The Three Lives of My Father”. In addition to producing the JGSCO (Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado) monthly e-newsletter, Barry serves on the board of LitvakSIG as Secretary and is also its webmaster. He is a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.  Barry and his wife Ellie currently live in Broomfield, close to their three children and three grandchildren, and they also spend part of the year in Sarasota, Florida.   

 
This program is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can buy a ticket using a credit card at https://squareup.com/store/jewish-genealogical-society-of-colorado (preferred), send a check to JGSCO, or pay at the door.
 
Please note DAT's policies allow you to bring in drinks such as water or coffee, etc., but outside food cannot be brought onto their premises.



Sunday, April 28
What's New and Relevant in Technology for Genealogists? with Dina Carson  (Programs)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver
This program is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can buy a ticket using a credit card at https://squareup.com/store/jewish-genealogical-society-of-colorado (preferred), send a check to JGSCO, or pay at the door.
 
Please note DAT's policies allow you to bring in drinks such as water or coffee, etc., but outside food cannot be brought onto their premises.



Sunday, May 19
Clued-In: Interpreting Real Photo Postcards from the Diaspora with Ava Sherlock Cohn  (Programs)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver
This program is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can buy a ticket using a credit card at https://squareup.com/store/jewish-genealogical-society-of-colorado (preferred), send a check to JGSCO, or pay at the door.
 
Please note DAT's policies allow you to bring in drinks such as water or coffee, etc., but outside food cannot be brought onto their premises.



Sunday, June 2 through Sunday, June 23
Annual Meeting with Brunch, Awards, Elections and Special Events - DATE TBD  (Programs)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
TBD
Note:  Date to be determined
Fee for members and guests:  $15 per person
Join us for annual election of officers, sharing of your stories and discoveries over the past year.