JewishGen Talks: What Jewish Genealogists Need to Know about Jewish Given Names

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Tuesday April 13

2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

All genealogy research starts with names. Though that statement seems simple enough, in the world of our ancestors, names and the issues governing them, could be quite complex. Among other topics, this talk will cover how Jews got their names, what names were chosen, amuletic names, diminutives and spelling, and what happened to names after emigration from Eastern and Central Europe. A case study will demonstrate how understanding all of the above demolished a long-standing brick wall and carried the Amdur family tree back to the early 1700s.

About the Speaker: Dr. Sallyann Amdur Sack

Founding chair of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy; past president of IAJGS and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award; editor and co-owner of AVOTAYNU the International Review of Jewish Genealogy; founder of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, author or co-author of seven genealogy books; chair or co-chair of seven IAJGS conferences.

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