Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


What's NEW

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

NEW: A Recording of the December webinar, "Using Facial Recognition Tools to Identify Unnamed Ancestors for Genealogical Research" is now available for viewing by members, along with  four handouts provided by the speaker which can be downloaded.. Click Here.

NEW: The Autumn 2021 edition of the KOL newsletter is now available for download by members. Click Here.


The JGSC Membership Drive for 2022 is underway

It’s that time again! Our Membership Drive for 2022 is officially underway and will continue through January.

If you pay your dues by December 31 of this year, your name will be entered in our “always fun” raffle to be held at our January 2022 meeting. To be eligible for the raffle, you can either pay online or mail a check to our treasurer.

New members, and existing members whose information has changed, should submit a copy of our membership form with their payment.
You can find a membership form at

To pay, online, using PayPal, Existing members should renew by clicking here: , while others may join by clicking here: Select a membership level, click on the button, and follow the instructions from PayPal. You do not need an account with PayPal, and can pay by using a credit card or by a withdrawal from a bank account.

To pay by check, send your payment to:

Linda Schoenberg, Treasurer
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
c/o Menorah Park
27100 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122

Either way, just make sure your payment arrives by Monday, December 31, 2021.

An annual individual membership is $25; an annual family membership is $35;
an annual sustaining membership for either an individual or a family is $60;
and an endorsing membership for either an individual or a family is $120.


Our Next Virtual meeting and webinar
will be on
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - starting at 7:00 pm

  Registration instructions

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
7:00 EST
Meeting and Installation of 2022 Officers and Directors
followed by a Webinar

"Here Comes The 1950 Census: What To Expect"
Presented by Joel Weintraub

The U.S. 1950 census will become public on April 1, 2022. Joel will provide advice on what you can do now to prepare for the rollout. He will cover what is a census, who uses the census, census caveats, who was enumerated (most Americans abroad in the military or diplomatic service will not be part of the rollout), how the 1950 census was taken, training of enumerators, enumerator instruction manuals, census sampling, and 1950 population and housing forms and large city block summaries. Joel will then discuss locational tools for finding people as a name index won’t be available for some time after the opening. The National Archives census map collection (available online), and his and Steve Morse’s 1950 locational tools, online right now at the One-Step website, will end the talk. The One-Step 1950 utilities took almost 8 years to produce with the help of 69 volunteers and involve 230,000 or so searchable 1950 census district definitions with about 79,000 more small community names added, and street indexes for over 2,400 1950 urban areas that correlate with 1950 census district numbers.

Joel Weintraub


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.

Requests must be submitted by noon on the day of the program.

Click here for more information.


Future programs

Programs through March 2022  are 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.


Wednesday, February 9, 2022
7:00 EST
Meeting and Webinar

"The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing"
Presented by Libby Copeland

The presentation will explore the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, which is redefining family history. It will draw on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” With more than 37 million people having been tested, a tipping point has been reached. Virtually all Americans are affected whether they have been tested or not, and millions have been impacted by significant revelations in their immediate families. The presentation will discuss the implications of home DNA testing for Jewish genealogy, as well as the unique challenges of genetic genealogy for Ashkenazim.

Libby Copeland

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
7:00 pm EST
Meeting and Webinar

"Out of the Whirlwind: Finding the Family You Lost in the HolocaustOut of the Whirlwind: Finding the Family You Lost in the Holocaust"
Presented by Deborah H. Long

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Deborah Long reviews the best (as well as some of the obscure) resources and methods for determining the fate of those involved in the Holocaust, including survivors and victims. Deborah will use examples from her own research to demonstrate the documents and artifacts she discovered.

Deborah H. Long

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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)

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