Using FamilySearch for Jewish Research

Date & Time
Sunday, May 21, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Virtual Program
Ticketing $5/general public, Free/JGS Pittsburgh members

Billions of family records. Where do you start?

FamilySearch is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all people discover their family story. It is one of the largest genealogical websites on the Internet and grows larger every day. Learn how to make the most of the FamilySearch collection, with a special focus on locating Jewish ancestors among the available records.

This program is possible through the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.


“Using FamilySearch for Jewish Research with Todd Knowles” is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please register online. 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 for this program, please visit its website at

This program will be recorded and made available to current JGS-Pittsburgh members.

Speaker biography:

W. Todd Knowles, AG, is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, where he has been for almost 25 years. Soon after being introduce to family history at the age of 12, he discovered his Jewish roots. The journey to find these Polish Jews led to the Knowles Collection, six databases containing the records of almost 1.5 million people. His blog about the collection can be found at