Europe and Middle Eastern and Jewish Genealogy Tracks

There are nine lectures in the European and Middle Eastern track and five in the Jewish Genealogy track.

There are sessions on Dutch, German, Arab, Greek, Portuguese, Scottish, Irish, and Russian Genealogy.

Thu 26 May 8:00 AM Arab American Genealogy Research Reem Awad-Rashmawi, JD
Thu 26 May 9:30 AM As Greek as Feta and Spanakopita: Finding Greek Roots in DNA and US Records W. Samuel Williams, MDiv
Thu 26 May 11:00 AM Getting Started with Portuguese Genealogy Margaret R Fortier, CG
Thu 26 May  2:30 PM Erin in the USA:  Irish Research on this side of the Atlantic Michael Brophy
Thu 26 May  4:00 PM How to find your German Ancestor’s Hometown Charlotte Noelle Champenois
Fri 27 May 8:00 AM Dutch Genealogy 101: Finding your Ancestors in the US and the Netherlands Mary Risseeuw
Fri 27 May 9:30 AM Reading Chicken Scratch:  Paleography Techniques for Difficult German Handwriting Joseph B. Everett, AG
Fri 27 May 11:00 AM Understanding Scottish Records: Navigating through the Transition from Church Records to Civil Registration B.J. Jamieson, MSLS
Fri 27 May  2:30 PM Jewish Roots in the Former USSR:  What’s New and Where is it? Miriam Weiner, CG Emeritus


There are sessions on finding Jewish ancestors in eastern European business directories, Catholic and Inquisition records, tips & tricks for using JewishGen, the fascinating history of the Crypto-Jews of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas, plus a session on researching relatives in the holocaust.

Thu 26 May 8:00 AM All Was Not Lost:  Researching Relatives in the Holocaust Emily Garber
Thu 26 May 9:30 AM Tips & Tricks for Navigating JewishGen Ellen Kowitt
Thu 26 May 11:00 AM Jewish Genealogy: Researching Business Directories, Telephone Books and Town Maps in Eastern Europe Miriam Weiner, CG Emeritus
Thu 26 May2:30 PM Finding Your Jewish Ancestry via Catholic and Inquisition Records Genie Milgrom
Thu 26 May 4:00 PM Crypto-Jews:  Their History and Influence from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas Todd Knowles & Ed Donakey


L. to R. Reem Awad-Rashmawi, Charlotte Champenois, Ed Donakey, and Joseph Everett

L. to R. Margaret Fortier, Emily Garber, BJ Jamieson, and Todd Knowles

L. to R. Mary Risseeuw, Miriam Weiner, and Sam Williams

Reem Awad-Rashmawi, JD, is an immigration attorney, genealogist, and community historian, researching her Arab and European American family for over thirty years beginning with oral history.

Michael Brophy (picture n/a) is a nationally known professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area.

Charlotte Noelle Champenois,, AG, is a German/Nordic research specialist for the FHL where she gives webinars and helps guests with research and translation.

Edgie E. Donakey, deputy chief genealogical officer at FamilySearch, works with societies and organizations globally while mentoring the next generation of genealogists.

Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG, is the genealogy librarian at BYU.  He is accredited in German and Russian.  His more than twenty-five-year career also includes FamilySearch and Ancestry.

Margaret R. Fortier, CG, researcher, lecturer, and writer has expertise in immigration and naturalization, particularly for Portuguese, Italian, and French Canadian ancestors.

Emily Garber, MA, BU certificate in genealogical research, specializes in Jewish genealogy, methodology, and community research; is an IAJGS board member; speaks, blogs, and writes about genealogy research.

B.J. Jamieson, MSLS, is the genealogy specialist at the Maine State Library.  She oversees the library’s genealogy programming and speaks frequently around Maine on genealogical topics.

W. Todd Knowles, AG, deputy chief genealogical officer at FamilySearch, specializes in English and Jewish research.  Todd compiles the Knowles Collection—records of over 1.4 million people.

Genie Milgrom (picture n/a) is a Crypto Jewish researcher and genealogist specializing in pre- and post-Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, award-winning author of eight books, and global speaker.

Mary Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer, and lecturer with an emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth-century Dutch emigration and the local history of Wisconsin.

Miriam Weiner, CG Emeritus, author, lecturer, genealogy columnist, and tour organizer, is a pioneer in Jewish genealogy and recognized for scholarship and expertise in the archives of Eastern Europe.

W. Samuel Williams, MDiv, is a professional genealogist with a focus on Central Virginia, African American, and Greek American research.  His degrees are in international affairs, Spanish, and Orthodox theology.