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U.S. Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource

Ellen Kowitt
Mar 14, 2024
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Earliest Congregations
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Synagogue Records
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Examples
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Where are the records?
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The Search for Records
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Get Involved
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
4m 07s

About this webinar

A primer on how to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, and what they look like. Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. JewishGen’s Shul Records America, a finding aid pointing to the location of American synagogue records includes more than 650 collections held at over 60 repositories or websites, with about 20% including URLS for digitized materials. Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America encourages congregations to preserve records with genealogical value.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Ellen is JewishGen USA Research Division Director and is a former Director-at-Large of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. She currently serves as Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) Jewish Specialty Research
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    Carol Freeman
    1 month ago

    Romaniotes are in the greater sense of Sephardic meaning anything that is not Ashkenazic. But they are not Sephardic Jews (as in the Jews who descend from those who were expelled from Spain and Portugal.) They were in Greece for thousands of years. They are not Ladino speaking.

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    Carol Freeman
    1 month ago

    Excellent! (Only half way through so far, but so impressed.) But please know that Janina/Ioannina is pronounced as Yhianina. It’s neither an English J as in Jane, nor is it ay-o- nina, as in Old McDonald had a farm, e ai e ai o. For those of us who speak a little Greek, that was pretty jolting. 🙂

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    Paule Bailey
    1 month ago

    One f the best I have ever attended

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    Ruth Lebovitz
    1 month ago

    I thought Ellen did a great job. The information is vast, and she did an excellent job corraling it.

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  5. MB
    Mary Barron
    1 month ago

    very interesting and shared very well

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    Eddy Gelmers
    1 month ago

    Thank you for this informative webinar

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    Dana Lugassy
    1 month ago

    Very clearly laid out presentation!

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    Nancy Beller
    1 month ago

    This was excellent! Ellen Kowitt is very knowledgable and presents clearly.

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