San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society

Our society has cancelled all in-person events until further notice. However, all online activities including Zoom meetings, webinars and membership registrations are still fully functional during this time.

 Sunday, February 14th
1 - 3pm
Zoom Meeting and Presentation 
Finding Original Jewish Surnames and Towns: 
Our Ancestors Left Us Clues
presented by
Debbie Schwartz

Due to the continued threat of Covid-19, the JCC is closed indefinitely
All meetings start at 1:00 p.m 
on the 
Second Sunday of the month unless otherwise announced.

Upcoming Meetings

March 14, 2021

April 11, 2021
 Members: go to the members only page to register for this meeting
Non-Members: $5 - click here to pay- afterwards you will be taken to a page where you can register for the presentation

Successful Jewish Genealogy hinges on two essential facts: what are the original Ancestral surnames and towns (Shtetls) for each branch in your family. . But what if you don’t know either of those facts? What do you do? Using many examples and strategies, our presenter will walk us through each, showing examples of how original names and towns can be confirmed many decades after they were forgotten or obscured.

Debbie Schwartz is past president and programing VP for JGSCO. Her career in Rights Licensing for an educational publisher required her to find creative ways to locate people that didn't always want to be found. That experience helped her discover creative ways to find and confirm original ancestral last names and towns using clues left by our ancestors.