“A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990” with Dr. Minna Rozen

Add to Calendar04/18/2021 12:00 PM04/18/2021 01:00 PMAmerica/New_York“A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990” with Dr. Minna RozenThe story behind the “A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990” website is also an inspiring tale of scholarly persistence and a lesson about the importance of preserving primary sources.Online – ZoomJewish Genealogical Society, Rauh Jewish History Program & ArchivesfalseMM/DD/YYYY

A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990 is an online database of more than 61,000 Jewish tombstones in Turkey, including photographs, transcriptions, and descriptions. The result of decades of work, this incredible repository is an essential resource for anyone researching Ottoman Jewry. The story behind the website is also an inspiring tale of scholarly persistence and a lesson about the importance of preserving primary sources.

This program will include a video presentation by Dr. Minna Rozen, followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Rozen about the project and the website.

This program is made possible by support from the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation.

Registration

This virtual program is free to attend. Please register online.

This program is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Heinz History Center. The program is free to attend.

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For more information, please contact the Rauh Jewish Archives at rjarchives@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Prof. Minna Rozen (born 1947) is an emerita of the University of Haifa. A historian of the Jewish Mediterranean diaspora in the early modern and modern eras, she initiated and carried out documentation and digitization projects of Jewish archives cemeteries and synagogues in Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. The digital archive of 61,000 Jewish tombstones from Turkey which evolved from an idea of the late Professor Bernard Lewis, and commemorates him, has been uploaded on the internet by the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University, a center she was the head of in 1992-1997. She is the author of ten books and scores of articles. Among her last publications are: A Journey Through Civilizations: Chapters in the History of Istanbul Jewry, 1453-1923 ,Turnhaut: Brepols Publishers, 2015; The Mediterranean in the Seventeenth Century: Captives, Pirates, and Ransomers at the Juncture Between Religion, Politics, Economics, and Society, Palermo: New Digital Frontiers S.R.L. and Casa Editrice Mediterranea, 2016. She is presently writing a monograph on Salonikan Jewry in the interwar period.

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“The ABCs of DNA” with Jarrett Ross

Add to Calendar05/30/2021 01:00 PM05/30/2021 02:00 PMAmerica/New_York“The ABCs of DNA” with Jarrett RossIn this workshop, Jarrett Ross will explore multiple case studies of his researching his own family history using genetic genealogy. Online – ZoomJewish Genealogical Society, Rauh Jewish History Program & ArchivesfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Genetic genealogy has become a major component of genealogical research, confirming hundreds of years of documentation and breaking down brick walls. Yet confirming new family and expanding one’s tree using Jewish Genetic Genealogy is a difficult task filled with many pitfalls. Many aren’t even sure where to begin when they first look at their DNA matches but success is still possible. This presentation will explore multiple case studies by Jarrett Ross in researching his own family history using genetic genealogy.

Using different types of DNA tests and multiple techniques to identify significant DNA matches Ross expanded multiple branches of his tree and found lost cousins, for both his Ashkenazi and Sephardi ancestry. Come learn all the techniques used as Jarrett breaks down the process of each case study and what methods found success in his research.

This program is made possible by support from the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation.

Registration

This virtual program costs $5 per person. It’s free for Jewish Genealogical Society members. Please register online.

This program is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Heinz History Center. The program is free for JGS-Pittsburgh members and $5 for the general public. To become a member of the JGS-Pittsburgh and receive a free membership code, please visit their website.

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For more information, please contact the Rauh Jewish Archives at rjarchives@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Jarrett Ross

Jarrett Ross began researching his own family history in 2009 while finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then he has built his own personal tree with over 7000 people, successfully connected with thousands of relatives all over the world and has helped build hundreds of trees for people of varying ancestral backgrounds.

Jarrett has multiple specialties including Genetic Genealogy, Sephardic Jewish research with an emphasis on the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam, the Jewish Agricultural Societies of Southern New Jersey, Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry in Ukraine, and American Jewish history. Jarrett writes a blog called “Sephardic Genealogy” and he also has a vlog called “GeneaVlogger” where he talks about his research, gives genealogy tips, interviews other genealogists and shows different aspects of working in genealogy.

Jarrett currently works as the lead forensic genealogist at DNA Labs International where he helps solve cold cases. He also volunteers as a Search Angel where he helps people find their biological family, and he volunteers as a curator on Geni.com, home of the World Family Tree. Jarrett currently serves as the vice president of the Triangle JGS in North Carolina and as an IAJGS Board Member.

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