Schedule of Upcoming Events
Please note: Meeting times, dates, locations and speakers are subject to change.
Information is regularly updated.
Our meetings will be in-person AND online whenever possible and safe, and for members who do not live near the Philadelphia area.
Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 1:30 pm
(1 pm for Schmoozing and Mentoring)
Speaker: Alex Calzareth, Board Member of Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island and the JewishGen Research Director for Germany
Alex Calzareth is a genealogist focusing on Southwest Germany, the Czech Republic and Southern Italy who began researching his family roots twenty-five years ago. He is a board member for Reclaim The Records and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island. Alex is also the JewishGen Research Director for Germany. He’s a CPA and lives in New York City.
Topic: Mapping Your Family History: How to Create a Customized Google Map
Create maps with your own data on Google Maps. This presentation will teach you how to create a custom map, import location data associated with family history events or source records and then customize the appearance of that data on the map. Custom maps can be used in many ways, including visually conveying family migration patterns, showing the location of regional cemeteries, and which towns hold certain vital records. Resulting maps can also be imported into Google Earth for additional functionality.
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2024.
Time: 1:00 check in, chat, and schmooze
1:30 pm Est official start time on zoom and in person. Hybrid Meeting – In Person Venue TBD
Speaker: Matt Weismantel, Professional Genealogist and Ellis Island Volunteer
Matt has been fascinated by history for as long as he can remember and has had a passion for genealogy for the past 35 years. As an adoptee himself, he fully appreciates the importance of uncovering one’s roots. Matt’s academic background in historical geography has been invaluable in supporting his genealogical interests, and he has graduated from ProGen 47 and multiple genealogical institutes.
Matt has served in various leadership positions, including as the secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), is currently the organization delegate for the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (Oregon) and is serving as the Vice-Chair of the
Delegates Council of the National Genealogical Society. He is also an active member of the New York Metro and Greater Philadelphia Chapters of the APG and several other local genealogical societies. Matt’s work has been published in numerous local and state genealogical journals.
Since retiring in 2019 from his role at Rutgers University, Matt has dedicated his time to volunteering at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monument at the American Family Immigration History Center and the Ellis Island Research Library, where he enjoys helping people discover their family histories. Matt helps organize and improve access to materials on the library’s history of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Topic: Ellis Island: Its History and Its Documents
Ellis Island served as the main entry point for millions of immigrants to the United States, with its peak years between 1892 and 1924. This presentation places Ellis Island within the context of US immigration history, debunking some long-standing urban legends. It considers the documents generated as part of the immigration process, including how to find them and what information they include. Additionally, it looks at Ellis Island’s recent story, from its abandonment and partial restoration, and reflects on the conflicting yet critical immigration story in our nation’s long history.