Sunday Speaker Series: Jewish Genealogy w/Sunny Morton & Ellen Kowitt


November 8, 2020    
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Type

Comparing Jewish Resources on the Genealogy Giants

A Zoom presentation, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, 10 a.m. Eastern Time
Free. Register at

Presented by Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History, Beth Abraham Synagogue Men’s Club Speaker Series, and Temple Israel’s Ryterband Lecture Series. Support for this event is provided in memory of Marcia Jaffe.

Each of the giant genealogy websites — Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage, and JewishGen — offers unique tools and/or record collections relevant to researching Jewish ancestry. Ellen Shindelman Kowitt and Sunny Jane Morton will give us a comparative overview of the Jewish resources across all of these sites and tips on when searching one of them over another might be advantageous, including an examination of JewishGen data found on Ancestry.

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt is a veteran Jewish records researcher and leader in genealogy activities worldwide. As a volunteer in the genealogy world for 25 years, Ellen has held numerous leadership roles, organized records acquisition, indexed, and managed translation projects in the United States and abroad. She and her family live in Erie, Colorado.

Sunny Jane Morton is an award-winning genealogy writer, editor and speaker. She is a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine, the editor of Ohio Genealogy News, and an official blogger at the world’s largest free genealogy website, FamilySearch. She and her family live in Euclid, Ohio.