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                                                              Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay

Using to Find Genealogical Records

by Drew Smith


Sunday, November 8, 2020

     Because of the continuing COVID-19 epidemic, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay’s November 8, 2020 meeting will be a virtual meeting (Webinar) held online using Zoom.

Reservation requests should be emailed to

     Date:         Sunday, November 11, 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 (Webinar):  
Using to Find Genealogical Records makes available at no charge the world’s largest collection of genealogical and historical records. For many years it has been sending teams around the world to photograph records of genealogical interest, including Jewish records in Eastern Europe.  Millions of new and existing records from its vast collection are being indexed and added to its online database each month.  Drew Smith will show how to search and browse FamilySearch, how to save and share results, and how to get help with the many resources that are available there.

     Drew Smith, who is well known in local and national genealogical circles, is an Associate Librarian with the University of South Florida libraries, and was a winner of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship, presented by the National Genealogical Society. He is past president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, and he has served on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Florida State Genealogical Society. He is the host of the “Genealogy Connection” podcast, and the co-host of “The Genealogy Guys” Podcast - the world’s longest running genealogy Podcast.  Drew is the author of the book “Social Networking for Genealogists”, co-author of the book “Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques”, and he has written extensively for a number of genealogical print and online magazines. His latest book, “Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher”, was published by Family Tree Books.


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

     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.







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