JewishGen Comes to Colorado

JewishGen Managing Director Warren Blatt will present four lectures Sunday, September 18th from 8:30-4 at the Denver JCC, 350 S. Dahlia Street, including material on Jewish Given Names, Jewish Surnames, Navigating JewishGen Databases, and Polish-Jewish Genealogical Resources.

Have you wanted to begin a family history project? Act quickly to attend this not-to-miss opportunity! Registration and payment is due Sept. 8th.

With over 20 million records, JewishGen ( is the primary Internet site for Jewish genealogy, and a division of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. This free, easy-to-use genealogy website features thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

Warren Blatt is the author of Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area; and co-author (with Gary Mokotoff) of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. He was the Chair of the 15th International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, and in 2004, he was awarded the IAJGS’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Jerusalem. Mr. Blatt has over 35 years of research experience with Russian and Polish Jewish records, and is the author of the JewishGen FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Jewish Genealogy, and many other JewishGen InfoFiles.

Presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado and sponsored by Feldman Mortuary, everyone is welcome at this annual All-Day Seminar on Jewish Genealogy and may attend one, two, three, or all four lectures.

Jewish Given Names: 9-10:30 AM
Learn why Mordechai Yehuda is also Mortka Leib is also Max. What are all of those religious, secular, nicknames, diminutives, patronymics, and transliterations about, and how to do genealogy when the name keeps changing!

Jewish Surnames: 10:45- 12 noon
Journey through the history of Jewish surnames. Learn about origins, types, and etymologies, when they were first used in various countries, how they developed, and their transformation upon immigration.

Navigating JewishGen Databases 1-2:30 PM
This session will take you step-by-step through the process of using JewishGen’s extensive catalogue of Internet databases, how to search the databases, and how to add your own data. The Family Finder, Communities Database, Family Tree of the Jewish People, and Discussion Group Archives will be featured.

Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research: 2:45-4 PM
An overview to researching Polish-Jewish ancestry will include the history of Polish border changes, geography and place-name changes; How to find and locate your ancestral shtetl and historical information; How to find and translate birth, marriage and death records; Using Mormon microfilms, and more.

A Kosher lunch will be provided, and there will be generous door prizes including an Ancestry World Deluxe Membership, a DNA test from Family Tree DNA, subscriptions to Avotaynu, and more.

The cost to attend the Seminar is $18 for JGSCO members, and $40 for non-members, which will include membership in JGSCO through December 2012.

RSVP and payment is mandatory by September 8th to or use PAYPAL here. You can also download a registration form and mail it in with cash or check made out to “JGSCO” to Barry Levene, 12449 E. Amherst Circle, Aurora, CO 80014.

About Ellen Kowitt

Marketing and Communications Professional. Genealogist. Jewelry Artist. Kehillah Builder.

Check Also

Community Wide Scholars-in-Residence Weekend 2/29 – 3/3

The Boulder JCC, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Congregation Har HaShem, Congregation Nevei Kodesh, University of Colorado Program in Jewish Studies are thrilled to bring Shaul Magid and Basya Schechter to Boulder for a weekend of insight and music!

Beth Ami Readers’ Circle (the No Pressure Book Club)

Join us for our always fascinating Readers Circle book discussion. You only need to go to your computer to participate via ZOOM.


  1. Any chance there will be JewishGen workshops or seminars in the Boulder area?

  2. Yes! At least 3-4 a year. Check for a calendar of events.