Our meeting programs feature guest lecturers, workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions and the opportunity to network with others sharing the same interests. Visitors with an interest in Jewish genealogy are always welcome.

Meetings are held from September to June, normally on the second Sunday of each month, beginning at 1:30 PM. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the offices of Gulf Coast Family and Community Services in Clearwater.


14041 Icot Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33760-3702

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                                                              Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
                                                     Introduction to the Arolsen Archives
                           International Center on Nazi Persecution
                                         Presentation by Anna Meier-Osinski via Zoom
                                                      Sunday, September 13, 2020

     Because of the continuing COVID-19 epidemic, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay’s September meeting will be a virtual meeting held online using Zoom.  Anna Meier-Osinski, the Outreach Manager for the Arolsen Archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany will present a live Webinar “Introduction to the Arolosen Archives International Center on Nazi Persecution” directly from the Archives in Germany.  Because of the 6-hour difference in time zones between Germany and Florida, this program will begin at 12 noon with Zoom sign-in for the meeting between 11:30 and 11:45 AM EDT. There will be a short business meeting at 11:45 AM.  The Arolsen Archives Webinar will begin at 12 noon EDT.  This meeting is open to members and to the public at no charge, but an RSVP will be required to receive Zoom sign-in instructions.  Reservation requests should be emailed to <>.

     Date:         Sunday, September 13, 2020
     Time:        Zoom sign in 11:30-11:45 AM; Business Mtg. 11:45 - noon; Program - 12:00 noon EDT
     Place:       Zoom website – RSVP to to receive sign-in instructions.
     Program (Webinar):  Introduction to the Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution

     The Arolsen Archives is an international center on Nazi persecution with the world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of National Socialism. The collection has information on 17.5 million people, and belongs to UNESCO’s Memory of the World. It contains documents on the various victim
groups targeted by the Nazi regime and is an important source of knowledge for society today.


     Anna Meier-Osinski
Anna Meier-Osinski
Anna Meier-Osiński will give an overview of the history of the Arolsen Archives, of its holdings, including a special online collection of the personal belongings of concentration camp inmates and the #StolenMemory campaign to find the families of the people who owned them. We will also have the opportunity to search the online database of 26 million documents in the Online Archive, and Anna will take any questions related to their holdings, and she will search for family members as time permits.

     Anna Meier-Osiński joined the Arolsen Archives in 2015 as head of the Tracing department. She is now is the Outreach Manager for Eastern Europe of the Arolsen Archives. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural history of Eastern and East Central Europe, Polish Studies and Political Sciences and she graduated at the research center Eastern Europe at the University of Bremen and at the University of Gdańsk. Her Master’s thesis “The Extermination of the Polish Elites in Gau West Prussia” is based on guided biographical interviews with former Polish political prisoners from Concentration Camp Stutthof. Before coming to the Arolsen Archives in Bad Arolsen, she had been the Deputy Head of the Pedagogical Department at the International Youth Meeting Center Oświęcim/Auschwitz where she was responsible for the collaboration with the former prisoners and survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration and Extermination camp, the international educational programs, and with management of the department.

     For further information about this program and how to attend it, contact Chris Burklund at ‭(727) 641-7701 or by email at‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬





2020-21 JGSTB Meeting Schedule
Date Topic Presenter
January 10, 2021 Hidden Gems of Jewish Geneaology Marlis Humphrey
December 13, 2020 Annual Luncheon Social & Election JGSTB Members
November 8, 2020 Using to Find Genealogical Records Drew Smith
October 11, 2020 Deportations from the Lodz Ghetto to the Death Camp at Chelmno Ursula Szczepinska
September 13, 2020 Introduction to the Arolsen-Archives International Center on Nazi
Persecution (Live from Germany Via Zoom)
Anna Meier-Osinski
June 14, 2020

The Jewish Record Collection on Ancestry

(Video Recorded Presentation by Christa Cowan via Zoom)

Christa Cowan
May 17, 2020 All the Ins and Outs of Ancestry Online Trees
(Video Recorded Presentation by Christa Cowan via Zoom)
Christa Cowan
April 12, 2020 CANCELLED Hands-on Work Session due to Coronavirus Pandemic members & mavens
March 8, 2020 The JGSTB 2020 Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research: Part 2 Dr. Emil Isaacson
February 9, 2020 The JGSTB 2020 Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research: Part 1 Dr. Emil Isaccson
January 12, 2020 How to Locate Individuals Through Genealogy Fred Blum