Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


What's NEW

NEW: The August Research Tip and all the previous Tips are now available for download by members. Click Here.

A recording of the August webinar, "Holocaust Art Recovery Initiative" is now available for viewing by members. Click Here.

The Summer edition of the KOL newsletter is now available for download by members. Click Here.

We have added a new webpage to the site, (Click here) with announcements about webinars and  other activities sponsored by other organizations that nay be of interest to our members.  If you know of an activity that would be adding to the list, send a note to

The 2021 edition of our Membership Directory is now available for download by members.
Please download a copy, and check your entry to verify the information is correct and complete.


Our Next Virtual meeting and webinar
will be on
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - starting at 7:00 pm


Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 7:00 pm

The What and When of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Records
Presented by Marian Smith

Marian Smith will present an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she will demonstrate how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found.

Marian Smith

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To register for this program:

  • JGSC Members: Please click on the following link:
  • JGSC Non-members: Please click on the following link: and
    provide your full name, email address, and complete mailing address.

Future programs

The remaining 2021 programs are scheduled on Zoom and most are available at no cost, but space is limited.
Priority will be given to members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.
Advance Registration is required and must be requested by noon on the day of the program.


Sunday, November 14, 2021
Session 1: 1:30-2:30 pm
Session 2: 3:00-4:00 pm

2-part program in partnership with the
Case Western Reserve University
Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program

One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting From Nothing
Presented by Steve Morse

Stephen Morse

Session 1: One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools

The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years, it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay This presentation will describe the range of tools available and highlights of each.

Session 2: Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting From Nothing

This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspelling and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

NOTE: This program will be free for members of
Siegal Lifelong Learning and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
There will be a charge of $5.00 for each session for other attendees.

Registration will be managed online by Case Western Reserve University-Siegal Lifelong Learning.
To register for Session 1, Click here.
To register for Session 2, Click here.
To attend both sessions, please click both of the links, then click the "Checkout" link and follow the instructions that will appear.

You may also register by phone at 216-368-2090 or 216-368-2091

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021- 7:00 pm
Annual Meeting and Election of 2022 Officers and Directors

Using Facial Recognition Tools to Identify
Unnamed Ancestors for Genealogical Research
Presented by Scott Genzer



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