Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


Previous Programs

Listed below are descriptions of selected programs we held in 2015

September 2, 2015

Sunny Lane Morton
Urban Genealogy: How to Research Big-City Relatives.

Sunny Morton

Big cities have their own way of doing everything, including keeping and storing records. From the author of several of Family Tree Magazine’s City Guides, learn how to find records in large urban centers. Sunny Morton spoke about finding and using city directories, street maps, address locators, city v. county vital records, insurance atlases and more. She presented a series of great tips on these well-known but underused sources and see several examples.

August 5, 2015

Jerry Pockar
From Latvia to Geneva—Memories of Molly

Local feature writer Jerry Pockar has a rare gift for storytelling and shares it with members and guests at our August meeting. Often his best subjects are ordinary people who have something extraordinary to say about their life experiences. People like Molly Kravitz who at the age of 96 received national media attention as the oldest of 10 women to participate in a group bat mitzvah at Menorah Park. Pockar, a volunteer for Hospice of the Western Reserve, has met over the past few years with 35 patients, often in the last stages of life, who want to document their personal histories. Learn how documenting life stories can have special meaning for loved ones and honor the lives of family members.

July 1, 2015

Geraldine Powers Volper

"Letters from Gelvan"

Ms. Powers discussed her new book, which is about 22 Yiddish letters written between 1909 and 1925 from her grandfather in Lithuania to her father in Cleveland.