Past Presentations and Workshops

    December 18, 2021

    JGS Virtual Event – How do You Want to Be Remembered? Ethical Wills

    Speaker: Dr. Lesley Simpson.  This virtual JGS program was delivered on Wed. Dec. 15, 2021 Dr. Lesley Simpson is a former Canadian journalist who worked as a staff reporter for Canadian daily newspapers and CBC radio. She recently defended her PhD thesis on Jewish ethical wills. While doing her research, […]
    November 29, 2021

    Get The Most Out of Researching Our Relatives in Lithuania

    This is a virtual event that was held on Sunday Nov. 28, 2021 to members of JGS Toronto’s Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus SIG.  Garri Regev, former President of Israel Genealogical Society led the lecture. Here is the link
    November 21, 2021

    How to Best Use the Databases of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Speaker:  Megan Lewis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Megan Lewis spoke about the multiple resources available online in Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database of the USHMM website. Genealogists can learn about a variety of collections made available by the divisions of the Museum’s Library and Archives to assist members […]
    October 28, 2021

    Ukraine Sig October 2021

    This presentation, “Jewish Life in Ukraine: A selected history from 800 to 1914”, will provide an introduction to the history of Ukraine as it pertains to Jewish settlement, from early recorded records, through the years of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian Empire, to 1914 and the start of […]
    October 28, 2021

    Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure

    Author Anne Dublin discusses her book (a historical fiction) based on the story of Max Saxe who started up and ran the Ontario Jewish Farm School for orphans from Poland in the 1920s.  The farm and orphanage were located in Georgetown Ontario.  Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure
    October 25, 2021

    Genetic Origins and Migration of the Jewish People

    This presentation is on the Avotaynu DNA Project within Family Tree DNA.  The speaker was Adam Brown and he presented to JGS Toronto’s DNA Special interest group on Oct. 19th, 2021.
    September 19, 2021

    If the Shyest Person In The Family Can Create A Family Tree, You Can Too

    Presentation by JGS Toronto member, David Price .  David has been volunteering with JRI Poland for many years.  He taught himself how to read Cyrillic and has offered to help any JGS member needing translations.  Click on this link to see his presentation (Presented virtually on Sept. 19, 2021)
    July 20, 2021

    Budapest, Vienna and Prague – 3 great Jewish cities.

    This presentation was delivered on July 21, 2021 by Henry Wellisch (President Emeritus of JGS Toronto).  Henry was born in Vienna in September of 1922.  He escaped with his parents in 1940 via an illegal transport on the Danube and then by steamship on the Black and Mediterranean Seas, only […]
    June 27, 2021

    Breakthroughs and Brick Walls – June 2021
    June 15, 2021

    Sharing Data on Genealogical Websites – Uses and Abuses