Jewish Genealogy Resource Fair coming to Amherst

Jan 2 2019
Published by under Amherst, Events, History

The first-time event is free to the public and will feature eight experienced researchers.

AMHERST – Interested in learning about your ancestry or further investigating what you already know?

The Jewish Genealogy Resource Fair organized by the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogical Society may be able to help.

The first-time event will be held Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., and is free to the public.

Eight tables of experienced researchers will be available to talk to visitors about how to trace ancestors in Central or Eastern Europe and track relatives in America through online resources and DNA testing as well as how to organize and share data.

Resource materials will also be available.

Organizers of the fair say it is designed to specifically help individuals with Jewish roots, but that the genealogy research information offered could be useful to anyone and note that “many folks getting their DNA analyzed find they have a little Semitic ancestry.”

The society, which was founded in 2002 regrouped in the fall of 2017, and has held several events including speaker presentations.

Through the financial support of the Agawam-based Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the society has created a resource collection at Forbes Library in Northampton. This collection, in the library’s reference section, includes books as well as on-line access to the databases JewishGen, AncestryPlus, and HeritageQuest.

For further information about the Jan. 6 event, contact Nina Sitron, society president, by email at wmjgs2@gmail.com or call (413) 268-2147.

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