Workshop on Jewish genealogy at Heinz History Center

Written by Ann Rodgers on .

Researching the genealogy of Jewish families is the topic of a free, daylong workshop at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
The workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 17, 2013 is a project of the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Advance registration is available through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 412-454-6364. Attendees are advised to bring a brown bag lunch or order lunch in advance from the cafe at the history center.
The first session on finding and using naturalization records features professional genealogist Debbie Kapp explaining the various types of documents that were used over the centuries and how to gain access to them. Evan Wolfson, an attorney who previously assisted research inquiries at the American Jewish University, will explain how to search for family records overseas. At the third session Bernard Newman, an amateur Jewish geneaologist who has traced his family history through five generations in Pittsburgh, will show how to access the updated  Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project, which has digitized all English-language Pittsburgh Jewish newspapers since 1895.
Starting at 1:45 there will be an open house with kosher refreshments, when the presenters will be available to assist attendees with their research.
The workshop is underwritten by the William M Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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