Monday, March 17, 2014

Red Star Line, Gateway to the New World from Antwerp (Belgium) to Philadelphia, New York, Boston & Baltimore 1873-1934


ORLANDO, FL, March 17, 2014 — Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring widely acclaimed lecturer from Antwerp, Erwin Joos, “Red Star Line, Gateway to the New World from Antwerp (Belgium) to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, & Baltimore 1873-1934”.
Nearly 3 million passengers emigrated from Eastern Europe on the Red Star Line. Erwin Joos’s lecture is part history of the Red Star Line and the Eastern European emigrants that departed from Antwerp to North America and part story of the artist, Eugeen Van Mieghem, who captured the emigrants in his beautiful paintings. Many were Jews escaping the poverty and pogroms of Eastern Europe. Exhausted from the ordeals of illegal border crossings, endless train rides and travel by foot, those who had to travel in steerage -- which meant most -- were subjected to dockside inspections and the disinfection of their luggage. Those who couldn't be given a clean bill of health were turned back. Those sent on were examined more exhaustively on arrival. Engrossed by the scene, Van Mieghem caught it all: mothers with babies, children, bent old women, bearded men, as well as the people of the port: stevedores, sailors, ship captains, prostitutes, women who stitched bags for grain. Most of us with Eastern European roots will find the story of the Red Line and the Van Mieghem paintings and what they depict are related to our personal family histories. You also will have the opportunity to purchase Erwin’s beautiful artbook, The Missing Images.
Prior to the program, starting at 6:30pm, there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven.
                                                       

Erwin Joos is Curator of the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum (www.vanmieghemmuseum.com) since 1993 and Director since 1986 of the Eugeen Van Mieghem Foundation, a non-profit organization with approximately 1,000 members. Erwin has given more than 100 lectures in Dutch, English and French in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Washington D.C., London, Geneva, Bordeaux, Philadelphia, and aboard the Queen Mary II sailing between Southampton and New York. Erwin is the author of 7 artbooks and 12 albums and organized 15 major exhibitions in Belgium (The Municipal Printroom and the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp, In Flanders Fields in Ypres), the United States (New York: Ellis Island Immigration Museum and South Street Seaport Museum, Philadelphia: Gersman Y Center, JCC’s Memphis and Norfolk), France (Paris, Institut Néerlandais), England (Londen), Switserland (Fondation Neumann, Genève), Holland (Amsterdam: Rembrandthouse and the Jewish Historical Museum; Markiezenhof in Bergen Op Zoom; Schielandtshuis in Rotterdam) and Germany (Barlach Haus in Hamburg, Castle of Wernigerode and the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Berlin). Erwin studied applied economics at the University of Louvain and post-graduate Financial Theory.
DATE: Tuesday,April1,2014
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (6:30pm for networking and mavens)
ADMISSION: Open to the public. Free admission.
LOCATION: Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.
About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our Facebook page and  “like” us at www.facebook.com/ jgsgreaterorlando  or our blog at www.jgsgo.blogspot.com, or call us at 407-494-4230. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

“Using JGSs to Find Your Ancestors"


ORLANDO, FL, February 6, 2014 — Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring IAJGS President, Marlis Humphrey, “Using JGSs to Find Your Ancestors”.

Jewish Genealogical Societies (JGSs) are an invaluable resource to finding your ancestors. JGSs are a network of 74 individual societies worldwide that are dedicated to providing assistance to those exploring their Jewish family history. There are societies across the U.S. and in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Israel, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, and Australia. They can provide local assistance to you where you live - through their educational programs, mentoring, and workshops. Additionally, JGSs can provide assistance to you remotely – in the area where one of your ancestors might have lived. We will tour some of the JGS resources available: records indexes, databases, cemetery information, newsletters, research guides, archive knowledge, experts on call, local tours, and more. Learn about the myriad of resources available and how to utilize this resource to discover your ancestry.
Prior to the program, starting at 6:30pm, there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven.

Marlis Glaser Humphrey, is President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), Vice President of Programs and Publicity for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO), and Vice President and Technology Outreach Committee Chairs for the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS). She has successfully discovered all her ancestral shtetls. Marlis is founder of myAncestories, a company that helps genealogists create family histories to treasure. Marlis holds a B.A. in Russian and an M.S. in Management of Technology.

DATE: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (6:30pm for networking and mavens)

ADMISSION: Open to the public. Free admission.

LOCATION: Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our Facebook page at Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Orlando www.facebook.com/jgsgreaterorlando, visit our blog at www.jgsgo.blogspot.com, or call us at 407-494-4230. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to Search Online to Break Down Genealogy Brick Walls

ORLANDO, FL, January 23, 2014 — Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring local Jewish genealogy mavens, Laurence “Larry” Morrell and Dave Rowitt, “How to Search Online to Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls ”.

Dave and Larry will walk through the techniques they used to assist members
r requests for help with breaking down their genealogical brick wall. They will provide friendly advice on searching Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and JewishGen.org. They will show attendees how a non-professional can use these sources in their searches. They will then hold an open Q&A session. 

Prior to the program, starting at 6:30pm, there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven

Laurence Morrell, an Orlando native of 71 years, has been engaged in genealogy research for 12 years. He has travelled to Poland and Hungary to see the places his ancestors lived, see the same rivers they saw, walk the same streets they walked, and see many of the same buildings they saw. He has over 1,000 names attached to his family tree and it continues to grow. An active member of the JGSGO, Larry served past president. He has attended two International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) annual conferences. Larry has taught a beginners genealogy class at the Jewish Academy of Orlando and will teach  it again this Spring. Larry is a strong advocate of writing Ethical Wills and has spoken to groups about the importance of that topic.

Dave Rowitt has been researching his family for over ten years. It all started with a phone call from a second cousin who wanted to know more about their family. One question led to many and before he knew it, he was hooked on genealogy. Dave has discovered and located the vast majority of his family that resided in the U.S. Dave’s background as an Information Technology and Business Analyst for over 30 years has given him the skills to deeply probe the area of genealogy with proven results. He, along with his cousin, have identified nearly 3,000 members of their family -  leading to some intriguing family reunions.

DATE: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (6:30pm for networking and mavens)
ADMISSION: Open to the public. $5.00 for non-members. Free for members.

LOCATION: Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando – Roth JCC – Maitland Campus, Senior Lounge, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our blog at www.jgsgo.blogspot.com , “like” us at www.facebook.com/jgsgreaterorlando  or call us at 407-494-4230.

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Contact Information: 
Marlis Humphrey
JGSGO VP Programs & Publicity
jgsgo.programs@gmail.com