Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


What's NEW

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

NEW: Recordings of the September webinar, "The American Jewish Cousins Clubs and Family Circles as a Genealogical Resource"
and the October webinar, "The What and When of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Records" along with and the handout and chat log for each program are now available for viewing by members. Click Here.

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

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
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - starting at 1:30 pm

Please note the special date and time for this 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 only, Click here.  
To register for Session 2 only, Click here.
 In either case, follow the instructions to register for the session, then click the "Checkout" link to complete your registration.
To attend both sessions, you must register for EACH session, before you click the "Checkout" link..

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

Click here for more information.


Future program

The December 2021 program is scheduled on Zoom and will be are available at no cost to non-members, but space is limited.
Priority will be given to members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.
Advance Registration will be required and requests must be submitted by noon on the day of the program.
Registration will begin following the November program.


Annual Meeting and Election of 2022 Officers and Directors

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

Photographs have always been a genealogical challenge because, unlike more conventional sources such as vital records, they do not impart clear data. Most often we simply attach the picture to our trees and then leave it there. However in early 2019 I developed a new technique that shows how to use facial recognition via artificial intelligence / machine learning methods to identify unknown people in photographs using large libraries of passport-like images currently available online. With facial recognition, genealogists can generate new clues with statistical probabilities from old photos that have never before been available. This presentation will be an elaboration and detailed demonstration of this technique previously published in the fall issue of Avotaynu

Scott Genzer

Click here for more information.



Donations are welcome. We are an I.R.S. 501(c)(3) organization,
so your gifts may be deductible for income tax purposes.
Donations may be made utilizing PayPal. Just click on the button. (FEIN: 34-1648203)

Pay your annual dues utilizing PayPal.
Select a membership level, then click on the button

Membership levels for NEW Members

Membership Renewal levels