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                                                              Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay

Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy

Presentation by Marlis Humphrey


Sunday, January 10, 2021

     Because of the continuing COVID-19 epidemic, This meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will be a virtual meeting (Webinar) held online using Zoom.

Reservation requests should be emailed to

     Date:         Sunday, January 10, 2020
     Time:        Zoom sign in 1:30-2:00 PM

     Program - 2:00 PM
     Place:       Zoom website – RSVP to to receive sign-in instructions.
     Program (Zoom Meeting):  Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy

     Speaker:  Marlis Humphrey

     Jewish genealogy has many challenges but also a growing arsenal of special resources tuned to discovering Jewish ancestors that are available online. Jewish genealogy requires tools to overcome the challenges of doing research in multiple languages, with complicated naming conventions, and in locales which had been under often changing sovereignty. Some of these research resources are well known or easily discoverable - but many are not so obvious. This presentation is not a step-by-step “how to”, but instead will showcase more than a dozen resources that are "hidden gems" of Jewish genealogy. When we research our family history, we often get into a familiar pattern of looking for records in the same places and using the same methods. Whether an experienced researcher or one who is just starting the search for Jewish ancestors, you will find something(s) to aid your explorations - research resources that you may never have heard of or may have forgotten.

       Marlis Glaser Humphrey is the industry’s foremost expert on next generation family history publishing, a professional genealogist, and a frequent speaker at NGS, FGS, IAJGS, and RootsTech conferences. She is President of the Florida State Genealogical Society, Immediate Past President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Director of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and she is the Executive Director of the Documentation of Jewish Records (DoJR) Worldwide Project. Marlis holds a MS in Management of Technology and a BA in Russian.

This webinar will include time for open discussion and questions after the presentation.  We hope you will join us to participate in Marlis’s informative lecture.

Marlis has generously offered to stay over for a “post meeting” session with the JGSTB Board and any interested members to 1) discuss any questions we may have about IAJGS/JGSTB operations, and 2) to acquaint us with the recently launched IAJGS DoJR Project to develop a Master Catalog of worldwide Jewish records to provide a home to identify Jewish record collections previously hidden or unknown and how we can help bring more of our area’s records to light.

For further information about this program and how to attend it, contact Chris Burklund by email at  An RSVP is required for security purposes to receive sign-in instructions.






2021 JGSTB Meeting Schedule
Date Topic Presenter
January 10, 2021 Hidden Gems of Jewish Geneaology Marlis Humphrey