Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

         

Upcoming Programs

At the present time, all programs will be scheduled as virtual meetings.
We will post updates if there are any new developments.

Date

Location

Speaker/Topic

Wednesday
September 9, 2020
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

Family Tree Maker

Presented by Duff Wilson
Software MacKIev, Inc.

Duff will give an overview of the features of Family Tree Maker, and demonstrate the program, whihch is a product of MacKiev Software. MacKiev will offer discounted prices on Family Tree Maker to the attendees of the event, and will give one attendee a free copy at the end of the presentation.

Wednesday
October 7, 2020
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation
Why you should examine original records, and how to find them
Russ Maurer

Sunday
November 15, 2020
1:30 pm

Web Based
Presentation

Why Cleveland? Finding Answers in the Industrial Removal Office Records
Renée K. Carl
Co-sponsored by Siegel Lifelong Learning of CWRU

About The Lecture

Wondering why your immigrant ancestor chose to live in Cleveland instead of Pittsburgh? Little Rock, not Los Angeles? Memphis, not Miami? The answers might lie in the records of the Industrial Removal Office, a scary name for a good organization. The IRO, founded in 1901, assisted immigrants in finding employment and better living conditions, and helped assimilate them into American society. IRO agents, often working in partnership with B’nai B’rith or other Jewish fraternal groups, spread around the USA securing jobs, and then immigrants would be sent to those locations to establish a new life.

Records of the IRO, housed at the American Jewish Historical Society, include ledger books, case files and correspondence, as well as reports by local agents on the newly settled immigrants. Ohio, and specifically Cleveland, played outsized roles in the history of the IRO, and the talk will provide an Ohio-focused angle.

The presentation examines the history of the IRO and its records. The presentation will, using a case study, demonstrate how to use the online index, and how to navigate to find immigrant case files, correspondence, and reports.

About Renée K. Carl

Born in St. Louis, raised in Chicago, now living in Washington, DC, Renée left the public policy world for professional genealogy, finding that researching dead people is easier than working with Congress.

Renée’s business and blog can be found at EasternEuropeanMutt.com. She serves private clients, other researchers, journalists, and others. Renée worked as a researcher for Season 2 of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, and served as lead researcher for Season 3. She is a regular at the National Archives, Library of Congress and US Holocaust Memorial and Museum, and partners with researchers in Europe, Australia and Israel. Renée graduated Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, the Latvia Research Group at JewishGen, and the Ukraine Research Group’s town leader for Medzhybizh.

Sunday
December 6, 2020
1:30 pm

  Annual Meeting
Board Election
"Brick Wall" session with a Panel of Experts