Feb 1, 2016

Family tree of the bible


Choosing a Genealogical Software Program

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)  has produced a webinar on Choosing a Genealogical Software Program. It is available on their YouTube station for free. It runs 45 minutes presented by Rhonda McClure.

Over the past 18 months several genealogy software programs have either already (The Master Genealogist)—or will be no longer supported after the end of this year (Family Tree Maker).  The purpose of the webinar is to assist the individual in making an informed decision as to which program to consider using.

The genealogy programs that are discussed are: Ancestral Quest, Brother's Keeper, Heredis, iFamily, Legacy, MacFamilyTree, Reunion, and RootsMagic. The webinar teaches on how to select the software that is right for the individual and how to transfer your files form the old program to the new program.

The webinar is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcRPsUVKwLk

I have no affiliation with any of the software products discussed nor the NEHGS and this is being shared for the reader’s information only.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Limmud Toronto 2016


Sunday March 6, 2016

An inexpensive day full of short classes about all aspects of Jewish life from all streams of Jewish life.

Jan 27, 2016

Frank Gehry on Finding Your Roots TV

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 on PBS.

Gehry was born Frank Goldberg on February 28, 1929, in Toronto, Ontario, to parents Irwin Goldberg and Thelma Caplan. His parents were Polish Jews who had immigrated to Canada prior to World War II

Jan 19, 2016

Book Launch at Israel's Judaica

BOOK: Shattered Seeds: The Story of a Shtetl and a Family Who Lived There. Iguana Books

THE AUTHOR: Myrna Neuringer Levy was born and educated in NYC. She moved to Toronto after her marriage. A former special education teacher and teacher/librarian, she has published three books for children.

The Summer Kid, Steven Writes a Story and My Grandpa Plays with Trains. She shares two children and four grandchildren with her husband, Ed.

Family mysteries often remain tangled for decades, just waiting for someone to pick up the thread and begin to unravel the web. Filled  with questions, the author puzzles over her family history. What was life like for her father growing up in the Galician shtetl of Borchov at the turn of the last century? Why did her Grandpa leave for New York so suddenly? And why did her Grandma never leave, even after her two sons did? In Shattered Stones, Scattered Seeds, Myrna Neuringer Levy, inspired by a photograph of Grandmother
Clara, explores her family background, through a combination of letters, photographs, the Yizkor Book, memoirs, and her own memories.

Date: Wed. February 10, 2016
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Place: 1172 Eglinton Ave W.
(at Glenarden, 1blk E of Eglinton W. subway)

Contact: 416-256-1010 or
This event is part of our ongoing series of author events at no charge.


Family Stories

Uncovering the Human Stories
Behind the Cold Hard Facts
Presented by Lorne Miller

Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue
Sunday, February 21st at 10:30 a.m.
Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

What do we really know about the personal lives of our ancestors beyond the facts we uncover on a tombstone, boat manifest, tax record, or even on the internet? We may learn where they lived, but do we know how they lived?

Over the past twelve years, author and publisher Lorne Miller (a JGS Toronto member) has written over a dozen oral histories, personal biographies and community memoirs. His goal is to tell his subjects' personal stories.  In the course of this work, he has uncovered many fascinating human stories about how people lived over one hundred years ago.

Lorne has conducted over fifteen hundred personal interviews in his search for his subjects' personal stories. He will describe the most effective techniques designed to help interviewees dig deeply into their memories and recall events that have been long forgotten. He will also share the most common mistakes people make when conducting an oral history interview, an interview which may be, in many cases, a one-time opportunity.

info@jgstoronto.ca ● www.jgstoronto.ca  ● 647-247-6414