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U.S. Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource with Ellen Kowitt

  • 07/05/2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom


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U.S. Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource with Ellen Kowitt

Date & Time:  Wed, July 5, 2023 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET

Location:  Zoom

Program:  Join us for a primer on how to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, see examples, and hear about JewishGen's new Shul Records America: the first-of-its-kind inventory of American synagogue records.  See

Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. To make it easier, and in one place, JewishGen starts the search for you with Shul Records America. This new finding aid points to the location of American synagogue records. Launched in fall 2022 with over 500 collections held at 50 repositories (including the Western Reserve Historical Society) or websites, about 20% include URLsfor digitized materials. Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America encourages congregations to preserve records with genealogical value.

Speaker:  Ellen Kowitt is Director of JewishGen’s USA Research Division and National Vice Chair of the Daughters of the American Revolution Jewish Specialty Research Team. She is past president of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Colorado and Greater Washington, DC, and she served for three years on the IAJGS board of directors. Ellen publishes articles in Family Tree Magazine, she has completed the ProGen Study Group, attends genealogy institute programs, and is a member of the Colorado Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists. For upcoming lecture dates or more information, visit

Registration:  Required and free.  A zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

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