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.




  • 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 PolandUkraine, 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.



Onsite Collections

Beginning Research and Specialized Guides
Cemetery Research
Dictionaries of Name Origins and Meanings
Family Histories
Genetics and Genealogy
Holocaust Research

Identifying Cities, Towns, and Shtetls
Immigration, Naturalization, and Passenger Lists
Memorial (Yizkor) Books

Photographic Research
Photograph Collections
Translation Guides
Writing, Citation, and Copyright Guides

Research by Country and City:
Argentina – Czech Republic
Eastern Europe – Germany
Hungary – Moldova
Poland – Russia
South Africa – United Kingdom
United States


Map Collection


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



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