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JGS Sponsored Event – live via Zoom – The Genealogical Importance of Gravestones and JOWBR

December 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Genealogical Importance of Gravestones and
The Toronto JOWBR InitiativeSpeaker: Steven BrockVIRTUAL MEETING: View from home

Wednesday, 16 December 2020
at 7:30 p.m.

For those tracing their family tree, gravestones can be an incredible source of information. They can provide the researcher with key details relating to their ancestors, including names, dates, places and references to previous generations. In this presentation, JGS-Hamilton member Steven Brock will discuss Jewish gravestones and their importance in genealogy. He will speak to the origins of the Matzevah and how to read and interpret the information carved into the memorial. He will then address The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR); how to use it and JGS-Toronto / Hamilton’s contributions to this remarkable database.

Steven Brock has been researching his family roots in Poland and Russia for over 20 years and has traced his ancestors back to the late 1700s. He has been a member of the Hamilton Jewish Genealogical Society since its inception in 2004 and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer for 12 years. In addition to his own research, he has been involved in several projects including the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland, the Canadian Naturalization Database Indexing, and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR).

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December 16, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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