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Dr. Steve Morse
Sunday, January 24 through Sunday, January 31
Dr. Steve Morse  (Programs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
On Zoom

Sunday • January 24 • 2021 &

Sunday • January 31 • 2021


10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Time

Zoom Virtual Meeting

Zoom meeting link can be found here after logging in:



All members are welcome to join at 9:30 AM with any and all questions.  


January 24th topics are:


  • One-Step Webpages : A Potpourri of Genealogical Search ToolThe One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  Shortly afterward it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census.  Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on eBay.  This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.  
  • Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman  This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history  It illustrates how with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained.  It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.  


January 31st topics are:


  • The History of the Geography of New York City   New York City has undergone numerous changes in its geographical boundaries.  An understanding of these boundaries is important in order to know which archive to search in when looking for vital records.
  • Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name-Index When the 1950 census is released in April 2022 it will not have a name index initially.  So, finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead.  Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches.  


This Program Is For Members Only.  


ALL Members will be sent a Zoom link for the upcoming Sunday’s event a few days before each session. Zoom links will differ per week.


We strongly encourage everyone who is not a member to please support JGSCO and become one.  


A benefit to membership is the ability to access handouts and recordings from many past programs. 


For Non-Members we are offering a special temporary membership discount through January 24, 2021 for membership valid through June 30, 2021.  

After the 24th of January membership will return to its regular price.

  • Individual Membership in Colorado normally $30 per year will be on sale for $15
  • Household Membership in Colorado normally $40 per year will be on sale for $20
  • State membership is normally $15 per person will be on sale for $10


To join JGSCO, please go to jgsco.org >LOGIN & MEMBERSHIP >Online Join


Researching a Wole Jewish Community to Better Research Your Ancestors
Sunday, February 21 through Sunday, February 21
Researching a Wole Jewish Community to Better Research Your Ancestors  (Programs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

 Speaker:  Deborah Glassman 


Sunday • February 21, 2021 

10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Time on Zoom

9:30 AM A Schmear, A Schmooze, and Share



Doing everything right in genealogy – using all of the records, tracing all siblings, working from known to unknown – still has one major limitation. You don’t know which other people, not in your known family, will have records naming your family. When I started tracing all Jews from a shared heritage community, I found people who, when listing their destination parties or those left behind in the old country, named my relatives! I also found my ancestors named as beneficiaries to wills of childless relatives and as cousins in Russian Revision Lists. This is the very essence of genealogy. Getting more records to tell you more details on your family. I will show you how to do this on your own as well as part of a collaborative effort to gather all records on a Jewish community.


Deborah Glassman’s Biography:

Deborah has been working on projects in Jewish genealogy, and Jewish history in the Russian Empire and in predecessor nations, since 1972.  Identifying and indexing record sources for whole-town research is where she has specialized.  She has authored 8 books, created websites, and contributed to books and websites by others.

By examining each record on the thousands of Jewish residents of her towns of concentration, she has been able to discern patterns otherwise obscured when tracing one family at a time.  She loves helping others use all of the jurisdictional record impacting their Jewish heritage, more effectively.  

No Charge 

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Oceanic Journey to America - Traveling in Steerage Class
Sunday, March 14 through Sunday, March 14
Oceanic Journey to America - Traveling in Steerage Class  (Programs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

 Speaker:  Nancy Levin, CG



Sunday • March 14 • 2021

10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Time


9:30 AM A Schmear, A Schmooze, and Share







Nancy will discuss the experiences that passengers endured at all points of time - including actual reports from newspaper articles, interviews, etc. For those that arrived in the 1840s - the oceanic experiences were different than those that come in the 1870s, and different again, then those who arrived after the cholera epidemic in Hamburg and ensuing changes



Nancy Levin’s Biography

International lecturer; author; and full-time professional genealogist specializing in Jewish genealogy. Licensed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1997. Speaker at annual NGS and Jewish genealogy international conferences (IAJGS); New England Historical and Genealogical Society; Hebrew College; community centers; libraries; and other venues. Author of chapters on immigration and naturalization in the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. BA, U. of Vermont; MBA, Northeastern U.


No charge

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