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Jewish Genealogy group meeting June 10

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The Syracuse Jewish Genealogy group will hold its next meeting on Sunday, June 10, at 1:30 pm at the Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St, Fayetteville. It will feature guest speaker Nolan Altman, a board member with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He will discuss patronymic naming and cemetery records, and their key to Jewish genealogy.

A patronymic, or patronym, is a component of a personal name based on the given name of one's father, grandfather, or an even earlier male ancestor.

The Syracuse Jewish Genealogy group, a program of the JCC of Syracuse, was founded earlier this year in January through the efforts of Altman. The group’s other organizers include Yonat Klein, Ken Brynien, Mike Fixler and Barbara Walzer. Syracuse Jewish Genealogy normally meets at the JCC, however because of a scheduling conflict the June meeting had to be moved offsite.

Fixler says the idea of starting a genealogy group in Syracuse came when he and a group of fellow genealogy enthusiasts were approached by Altman last year. He gave a lecture at Temple Concord in October which was attended by over 40 people.

Altman has been researching Jewish genealogy since 1996. He is currently the vice president of JewishGen where he focuses on the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Burial Registry) project, Holocaust databases, and JewishGen’s new plaque project. He has conducted various genealogy workshops in Washington D.C., Paris, New York City, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

The Syracuse Jewish Genealogy group is open to anyone interested in local Jewish genealogy. For more details, email Mike Fixler at