Education: Using JewishGen to Bridge Ancestral Roots

Posted by Phyllis Kramer

We are pleased to announce that the JewishGen Education division will now be offering an online course to explain how JewishGen can be used to Bridge Ancestral Roots.

A brief description of our current course offerings are listed below:

  1. The Basic Jewish Genealogy course focuses on your immigrant ancestors lifetime in the United States. The online text lessons begin with data collection, organization and search techniques, and focus on researching census, vital records and Ellis Island passenger arrivals; there is a section on Computer Basics for Genealogy. If you are a Value Added member of JewishGen, you can enroll at no charge. (next class begins January 15)
  2. The Intermediate Course - Breaking Brick Walls in the United States - is right for you if, despite basic online research, you have not yet found the Hebrew names, approximate birth year or former European residence for your U.S. immigrant ancestors as this course covers more complex U.S. topics such as naturalization, military and governmental records, and local archival research (next class begins September 20).
  3. Using JewishGen to Bridge Ancestral Roots begins with an introduction to Jewish History, Culture and Naming Patterns, moves into Finding your Shtetl, using JewishGen Researcher and Country Databases and Jewish Records Indexing (JRI-P), and includes practical hints on translation, finding a researcher and Holocaust research. This course creates a bridge between the American Family data and those left behind in Europe, between records available on JewishGen and related sites and hiring a researcher. If you are an experienced researcher, familiar with everything JewishGen has to offer, and/or have already found your family in European databases, this course would be too elementary (next class begins November 1).
All three courses feature a personal mentoring program using our online FORUM where students are encouraged to post an ancestral branch, set goals for their research, and work one on one with the instructor(s). Courses open for enrollment 2 weeks before their starting dates. Remember that the courses do not include research beyond what is available online and in United States libraries and archives.

As a reminder, please read the course descriptions and requirements before registering. For more information, please visit

We look forward to interfacing with every student.

Nancy Holden, Instruction Manager
Phyllis Kramer, VP, Education

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