Category Archives: IAJGS

Handout from Get Your Questions Answered by the German Research Experts

Here is the updated and expanded handout from the session that Roger Lustig and I ran at the IAJGS Conference in Seattle.

Handout for Get Your Questions Answered by the German Research Experts FINAL

We promised to write up the questions we answered and to publish them. We hope you find the handout helpful.

If you save the handout to your computer, all the links are click-able.




Handout for The Story of Two Leos

The presentation I gave explores the lives of two Jewish boys both called Leo, whose families lived in pre-war Bruchsal, in Baden, South West Germany and who both ended up living in the UK after WW2.

The Holocaust shattered Jewish family life in Germany, changing everything. The presentation describes the art of the possible in terms of the stories of their lives, and both Leos have compelling narratives.

Using as illustrations the official records and photographs that have been collected along the way, I shared information about their lives and those of their immediate families, drawing comparisons and highlighting both similarities and differences between them.

Whilst each Leo’s story is memorable, sadly, in Jewish genealogical circles, neither family’s journey is entirely unique. This blog posting contains the handout from my talk and will lead you to the kinds of sources you can find for your own family.

Here is the handout from the talk Handout for The Story of Two Leos by Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE August 2016



Society Saturday: Introducing the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB)

One of today’s really useful blogging prompts from Geneabloggers – who will be recognising my blog later today (thanks Thomas! I’m already wearing my Geneabloggers badge with pride!) is Society Saturday. I want to use this post to introduce you to JGSGB.

I spend a great deal of my time doing JGSGB things, because I am the JGSGB Education & Mentoring lead.

JGSGB is the UK’s Jewish Genealogical society and seeks to help people tracing their Jewish ancestors. We’re proud to be a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, IAJGS.

Our members are those who live here and are tracing their Jewish ancestors in the UK and anywhere else in the world, and those living outside the UK with Jewish ancestors who were here.

If you’re researching your own Jewish Ancestors, please do take a look at the JGSGB website and consider joining us.

So what do I do with JGSGB?

My JGSGB activity involves me in:

• Answering genealogical queries signposted to me from our enquiries team
• Running a monthly education webinar – see the education programme
• Running the JGSGGB Mentoring Programme, matching JGSGB members needing help from a more experienced genealogist to someone who can provide that guidance and assistance.
• Helping to guide the JGSGB Facebook Group
• Tweeting on behalf of JGSGB, you can follow me at @ettenaeJRR
• Helping out behind the scenes with the JGSGB Jewish Ancestors Blog
• Writing a range of genealogy education handouts and other materials which are available in the Members Area of the JGSGB website.
• Sorting out and updating the software on the JGSGB laptop computers

I also write occasional articles for the award winning journal – Shemot and a tutorial for each issue of our quarterly newsletter.

As well as this, I convene JGSGB’s German Special Interest Group, for those researching their families from German-speaking areas, I’m stand manager, leading our presence at WDYTYA-Live! and I represent JGSGB on the oversight group for the International Tracing Service Archive at The Wiener Library.

In addition, I can often be found doing outreach work for JGSGB by giving talks and running workshops, both internally to and externally on behalf of the society. April is going to be a particularly busy month in that respect. Tomorrow afternoon I will be speaking to the JGSGB Midlands Group and my topic is The JewishGen Family Finder – a gateway to worldwide travel? Next week I will be speaking to a synagogue group in Milton Keynes, and the week after that I will speak both to our South East Essex group and I’ll be running another workshop at the Wiener Library. At the end of the month I’ll be speaking to members of the New West End Synagogue.

… and when I have time, I also, very occasionally, spend some time researching my own family tree!

This blog post was published on 30 March 2013 and is © Jeanette R. Rosenberg

Planning GerSIG Content for the IAJGS Conference in Boston

One of the many genealogy things I get up to is that I am actively involved with GerSIG, the German-Jewish Special Interest Group at JewishGen. My role is to lead on our group’s arrangements at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ Conference which takes place each summer.

This summer the IAJGS Conference will be held in Boston, from 4 to 9 August. Although the draft programme is not yet up on the Boston conference website, the conference team have been working very hard, and news about which talks have been selected for delivery at then conference is just coming through.

I’m delighted and excited to be able to announce here, as well as via the GerSIG mailing list that our sponsored guest speaker this summer will be Dr Joachim Hahn. Dr Hahn is webmaster of the amazing Alemannia Judaica website. I’ll be posting more about our arrangements for conference soon, but in the meantime, more information about Dr Hahn can be read from his citation on the Obermayer German Jewish History Award website. Dr Hahn was one of the first worty winners of the award, back in 2000, and the citation about him from that time can be read at this link

This blog post was published on 21 March 2013 and is © Jeanette R. Rosenberg