Learn the basics of Jewish genealogical research

Join us at Minneapolis Central Library on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2-3:30 p.m., to learn more about the specialized resources and techniques involved in Jewish family history research. Learn how to trace your Jewish family history and use available print, film and online resources. Register today.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library.

Presenter Joanne M. Sher is a professional genealogist specializing in northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and American-Jewish research, as well as WWI-era records. She has presented at numerous state and international conferences and has published articles in genealogical journals including Forum, the Federation of Genealogical Societies' publication.

Says Sher: “Some of my research interests include Polish Americans who served in France through the Polish Army, the Grey Samaritans and the White Cross (1917-1921); WWI-era events and records; and the Galveston Plan that diverted Jewish immigrants from the port of New York to the port of Galveston, Texas, and then up into the Midwest (1907-1914).”

One of Sher's specialties is translating Hebrew headstones. “[It's] not that simple," she says, "as the inscriptions contain acronyms and Hebrew letters have numerical value. What appears to be a word can actually be a date.”

Pictured above: Children getting on a bus for the Emmanuel Cohen Center, 1947. The Center was an important educational institution for the North Minneapolis Jewish community.