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Researching your Jewish ancestors in Western Pennsylvania

Researching your Jewish ancestors in Western Pennsylvania

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Date(s) - April 17
6:00 PM

Heritage Discovery Center

Join expert genealogist Tammy A. Hepps for this informative presentation!

Whether they lived in big cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia or a smaller industrial town like Johnstown, your Jewish ancestors in Pennsylvania contributed to a state with one of the oldest and richest Jewish histories. Beginning with a review of the history of Jews in Pennsylvania, learn how to identify your ancestors in each wave of settlement, where to find unique records repositories for each region, and how to maximize these records to trace your ancestors backwards and forwards in time.

Tammy Hepps serves on the advisory committee for the Rauh Jewish Archives and the board of directors for She has also served on the board for JewishGen, the New York Family History School, Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center, and A.J. Jacobs Global Family Reunion. She is a sought-after speaker on topics related to genealogy.

JAHA acknowledges the Cambria County Library and the Blanche Beerman Holocaust Museum Fund at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for their support of this event.

This presentation will be followed on April 24 with a research session at the Cambria County Library.

(Photo: A Glosser family reunion, ca. 1925).