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Welcome to the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland’s (JGSC) new and updated website.  We are excited to launch this site with new features, better organization, and easier navigation.  Most importantly, this site will serve as a one-stop shop for all our services and administration.  A special thanks to Stewart Hoicowitz and Jeff Morris for researching and documenting our history as we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We are proud of our leadership in Jewish genealogy and appreciate your support for our continued growth and success.  Learn more about JGSC.

Getting to Know: Old Jewish Cleveland

Do you remember family cousin clubs? the Glenville and Kinsman neighborhoods? the Jewish Orphanage? Mt. Sinai Hospital? the Alsbacher Document? Simson Thorman? In the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: Jews and JudaismSean Martin, PhD, JGSC Board member and Associate Curator for Jewish History, Western Reserve Historical Society provides a good starting point for your Cleveland research. 

World Class Programs

JGSC offers free monthly educational programs currently open to members and non-members on a variety of topics applicable to Jewish genealogy and research.  Please check the program listings for time, location and format.  Advance registration is required and must be posted by noon on the day of the program. We hope you will join us.

Next Featured Program:

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 7-8:30 pm ET on Zoom

Finding and Understanding Bubbe and Zayde’s Galician Vital

Records with Mark Halpern

A great many Galician researchers have acquired copies of family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine or online images provided by a State Archive or a Genealogical organization. Over the past twenty years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers. This session offers an in-depth examination of Galician vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring records to further their research. A historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping in Galicia will be provided. Most importantly, this talk will make sense of the regulations covering civil marriages that impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children. Close examination of sample birth, marriage, and death records will reveal the information contained in the records, identify the records having the most genealogical value, and uncover surprises found in many of these records.

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