Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Changing Borders

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State proudly presents “The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe” presented by Hal Bookbinder, Genealogist, Author, and University Professor
DATE: Monday evening, April 12, 2021,
from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, via Zoom This free online meeting will be open between 6:30-7 p.m. Pacific Time for chatting.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and the featured presentation will start at 7:15 p.m. Registration for this meeting is required: To register for this Zoom meeting, click on this link or copy it into your web browser: 2) You will be prompted to enter your name and email address and, when you hit enter, you will automatically be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM Our speaker, Hal Bookbinder will trace a millennium of border changes in Eastern Europe and the impacts of these changes on our Jewish ancestors who lived in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Bessarabia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. An ancestral town may have been under the rule of several countries over time. Recognizing which governments were in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found. As the Russian Empire expanded west in the 17th and 18th centuries, millions of Jews found themselves within the Empire and Russia found that it needed to deal with a people it had tried to exclude for hundreds of years.
Along with the changing borders, town names, record-keeping, and archive locations might change. This overview will help researchers in determining where records might be located, their format and languages. Hal Bookbinder is a pro at making Eastern European history and our Jewish roots come alive!
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Hal Bookbinder writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, Jewish culture, and Jewish history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives reaching back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus, and Russia. He has served as president of the Jewish Genealogy Society, Los Angeles (JGSLA) and president of the IAJGS and has been honored with IAJGS’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Professionally, he is a retired healthcare IT director and currently a university instructor. He also directs an addiction recovery-to-work training program. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe genealogical computing at
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