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Established as a registered charitable organization, JGS Toronto provides a forum for the exchange of genealogical knowledge and information through this website and also via its newsletter, Shem Tov, its collection of books at the Toronto Reference Library, regular monthly presentations, workshops and Special Interest Groups.

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Jewish Genealogical News

April 2, 2020

The Liberation of Dachau

The U.S. Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division, the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division and the 20th Armored Division entered Dachau rescuing 32,000 prisoners.  Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp established in 1933.  Forty railway cars filled with decomposing bodies were found near the camp, as the Nazis did not have time to send […]
April 1, 2020

Legacy Offers Free Webinar per Day

Legacy Family Tree Webinars, a member of the MyHeritage family of companies,  announced for the year 2020,  they will provide one free webinar from their membership library each day. They have selected classes on a rotating theme: To see the schedule go to:  https://familytreewebinars.com/pdfs/ftwbrochure-1577464068.pdf You can click on the link […]
March 29, 2020

1918-1920 A Great Granddaughters Perspective

Sharon Taylor writes about her great grandmother and what she faced in Galicia during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic along with pogroms, food shortages, cholera and typhoid Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia . This should put into perspective what we as Jews have faced in the past and how we have […]
March 25, 2020

Ancestry.com Providing Free Lessons

Ancestry with the (US) National Archives are making it easier to explore their family history by providing free access to search 50 million and images on Ancestry,  Ancestry’s usually free online tutorials video courses are all available.  Exploring the records is completely free – just create an account by entering […]

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