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Why Become a Member?

The Jewish Genealogical Society – Hamilton & Area (JGS – H&A) is a non-profit organization that is run by members for members. One of our goals is to encourage genealogical research by offering guest speakers, workshops and help with individual research, thereby stimulating us all to search our Jewish roots. A secondary goal is that of promoting and preserving access to Jewish records and resources. Recently genealogical information from Eastern Europe has become more accessible. Yet sometimes knowing how to find the right resources can be confusing and frustrating.

We offer:

  • The ability to find and network with others pursuing the same types of research from around the world as well as within JGS – H&A;
  • Meetings throughout the year, some with guest speakers to help your research skills and others with speakers to add depth to your knowledge base;
  • Guidance, support and encouragement as you search for ancestors. This includes promoting awareness of local resources available to trace Jewish ancestry, as well as those resources which require a bit of travel to access;
  • The opportunity to share research techniques as well as those success stories which really do happen!
  • Members have access to a "Members only" area which, among other features, provides a a virtual library catalog of shared resources within the JGSH.

Membership in JGS – H&A is open to all regardless of religious affiliation or level of experience. We have members who are just beginning their journeys as well as some who are published genealogists.



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