Ellen Kowitt speaking on U.S. Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource

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Thursday, March 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Meet and Greet – Light refreshments will be served.
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Brick Wall with Mona Morris and Mark Jacobson
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Short business meeting followed by Presentation


Ellen Kowitt is founder and principal genealogist at Sole Searching Genealogy & Historical Research. Specializing in American records and Jewish ancestry, she is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has published articles in Family Tree Magazine and Avotaynu: The International Journal on Jewish Genealogy. Topics include getting started in Jewish genealogy, methodology, Jewish institutional records, comparing Jewish resources on the genealogy giant websites, Russian Empire research, and Holocaust in Ukraine. Ellen received her B.A. from Alfred University and spent twenty-five years working in marketing management and communications before transitioning into full-time research. She has completed the ProGen study program and several genealogical institutes, and Ellen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. While accepting clients, she continues to volunteer and is JewishGen USA Research Division Director and D.A.R. Jewish Specialty Research National Vice Chair. In 2022, Ellen created Shul Records America for JewishGen which is a unique finding aid pointing to the location of synagogue records in over sixty repositories. Originally from New York and Washington DC, Ellen resides in Colorado with her husband and is mother to two college students. For more information and lecture dates, visit www.EllenKowitt.com.


A primer on how to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, and what they look like. Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. To make it easier, and in one place, JewishGen starts the search for you with Shul Records America. This new finding aid points to the location of American synagogue records. Launched in fall 2022 with over six hundred collections held at 60 repositories or websites, about 20% include URLS for digitized materials. Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America also encourages congregations to preserve records with genealogical value.

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