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Next: Annual General Meeting, Tuesday Dec 3rd @ 7:30 pm at Temple Sholom

Annual General Meeting: After presentation of the annual reports four directors will be elected for the two year period 2020-2021. This will be followed by a talk:

“Rockin’ Cleveland: Researching life, death, and murder in the Sixth City”
by Cheryl Rimer

“We have family in Cleveland”, said an elderly great-aunt to Cheryl. But no names or other clues to their identity were given. Who are they?

Cheryl will discuss research techniques employed to solve the mystery and to develop a branch of her family tree that began with very little information. A recent trip to Cleveland provided further opportunities for research and discovery. Her research trip included attending the 39th International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, July 28-August 2, 2019.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia (JGSBC), a non-profit organization, brings together people who are interested in pursuing their Jewish ancestry or family history. Together with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC we try to restore the history and family links that time has erased.

While there are many resources available on the internet, their use does require some skill and training. Many traps await the unwary: name changes, spelling errors, the same name for two different people, the many vagaries of census takers, clerks and other takers of record. The difficult task of digitizing the records has led to other errors creeping in. We will help you to avoid those pitfalls and develop an accurate and descriptive family tree. If you are interested in joining us, you can pay for a yearly membership here. Any questions? – send us an email.

This site also has links to resources (including Jewish newspaper archives) that we have found useful in our research.

JGSBC is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies