The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston is an organization for Jewish family history and genealogy in Massachusetts.
Our monthly meetings are a place to gain information and skills and to meet others who are interested in Jewish family research. As a special project, the JGSGB has compiled indexes to the obituaries and wedding announcements in The Jewish Advocate, Boston’s major weekly Jewish newspaper.
We will send speakers to Jewish organizations to give introductory talks about doing Jewish Genealogy, see Speakers Bureau.
Meetings are held monthly (except July and August) in Newton and at a variety of locations throughout the Boston area. The programs presented at meetings vary, but many include “how-to” workshops on genealogical research in the Boston area. (PDF)
Beginning Research and Specialized Guides
Dictionaries of Name Origins and Meanings
Genetics and Genealogy
Identifying Cities, Towns, and Shtetls
Immigration, Naturalization, and Passenger Lists
Memorial (Yizkor) Books
Writing, Citation, and Copyright Guides
In addition to the JGSGB map collection, there is an extensive digitized map library on the FEEFHS (Foundation for East European Family History Studies) website.
FEEFHS Map Library
- Free admission to interesting and informative monthly programs with internationally renowned speakers.
- Individual help with your research questions and with translating documents at Research Sundays.
- Opportunity to join Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that focus on research in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Bessarabia.
- Access to the JGSGB’s extensive research library of books and maps.
- Audio recordings of lectures from past programs.
- Three issues a year of the award-winning journal, Mass-Pocha.
- Opportunities to network with other people interested in Jewish genealogy.
- We offer the following types of membership, all of which run on a calendar-year basis:
- Individual membership ($25) for a single person.
- Dual membership ($35) for two people who live at the same address. The person who signs up will be the primary member and will be able to add a second member, who may attend meetings and other member events.
- Sustaining membership ($50) for a single person or two people who want to provide extra support to the Society.
- Mass-Pocha membership ($15) for someone who lives outside Massachusetts and wants to receive our Mass-Pocha journal. This membership does not include attendance at our meetings or other member events.