Monday, March 12, 2018

Join Us 18 Mar 2018

Who is Gilad Japhet? 
Gilad Japhet, CEO of MyHeritage 
Tracing his own family tree led him to create 
the digital genealogy tools that are now helping others.

From Interim President, Dick Rosenstock

Dear Members and Friends, 
Please join us Sunday March 18, 2018 for our regular monthly meeting. We will present Gilad Japhet’s, presentation of the 7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries from the 35th annual IAJGS 2015 conference in Jerusalem. 
Mr. Japhet is the founder and CEO of This is a fascinating insight to this rapidly expanding resource for Jewish Family Historians.
Place:  Kansas City Public Library branch Waldo Branch, 201 East 75th Street from 2-3:30 PM. 

Wednesday May 2nd for Israel Pickholtz, internationally known expert on Jewish DNA will be at the Central Resource Library, Overland Park, from 5:30 until 7:30. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what’s unique about Jewish DNA. 

Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Richard “Dick” Rosenstock

The Family History Sleuth
Researching the Kaufmann, Rosenstock, Sixta & Field Families
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Kansas City, Interim President, Webmaster
Submitted by Kathleen Brandt
a3Genealogy Interim Board Member of JGSGKC
12 Mar 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Did you know?

JGSGKC has so much to tell you!
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JGSGKC has so much to tell you! 
We thought this image was perfect. 
The JGSGKC was unanimously approved as a full, voting member of #IAJGS. So much has been accomplished in a short time, and there's so much more to do.  

  • JGSGKC is a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • JGSGKC is registered with the State of Kansas as a not-for-profit corporation. 
  • Richard Rosenstock is the JGSGKC Treasurer 
  • A website is under construction, WebMaster: Richard Rosenstock
  • The blogsite is up and running
  • We have more than 20 paid members (and growing daily)

Be sure to mark your calendars!  The following programs are planned: 
  • 16 April, Steve Cohen – Introduction to Jewish Genealogy. He is a skilled genealogist and he is multi-talented ... Yiddish, calligraphy, chemistry, author. He also is on the Board of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association.
  •  2 May, Israel Pickholtz – Two presentations about DNA studies and interpretations. Israel has given many presentations and has published several articles in Avotaynu, the journal of Jewish genealogy. 
  •  7 October, Janette Silverman – Two presentations. Subjects to be determined. Janette is the Coordinator of JewishGen’s Ukraine Special Interest Group. 
Oh...and the Board is Changing.  
The interim board members were dedicated to getting this society off the ground and flying.  I think we've done that.  JGSGKC is always looking for volunteers and members wanting to work with the board.  Here is the contact information of the active board members now, and more will be named shortly: 
Richard Rosenstock,
Nancy Reicher.
Phil Reicher,
Note: Kathleen Brandt, will continue as an adviser to the board.
Contact us at anytime!
Kathleen (Interim Social Media)


    Looking Forward to Meeting You!

    Join us for our program meeting
    25 February 2018

    Please mark your calendar for our next program meeting. It is on ...

    Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1 pm to 4 pm
    Johnson County Central Resource Library, Carmack Room
    9875 W 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212

    Admission is free to paid members of the JGS of Greater Kansas City. If you are not yet a member, we request a $5 donation at the door, or, you can join at the meeting. To join our JGS in advance of the meeting, please go to our blogsite, <>, fill out the application form and click on the big blue PayPal "Join or Renew Now" button. You can pay your membership dues either through your personal PayPal account, or by using your credit card. At the meeting we will accept cash, checks or credit cards.

    If you have any specific questions about JewishGen please send them to us at We will try to answer your questions at the meeting.

    We are looking forward to getting acquainted with you on February 25th.

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    Welcome to the JGS of Greater Kansas City

             Welcome to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Kansas City (JGSGKC)

    Our goal is to help you research your Jewish ancestors and ancestral homes. We will help you learn about current methods, technologies, and resources that can help you find records, disseminate your research and preserve your Jewish family histories.

    We are all volunteers, governed by a Board of Directors according to a set of published Bylaws. The IRS has granted us 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit charitable organization, so donations to us are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We soon will be a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)

    We hold monthly program meetings (except for July and August) and monthly Board meetings. We provide help to all levels of researchers, from beginning to advanced. You don’t have to be Jewish to join with us. We are open to all researchers who have an interest in Jewish genealogy and who support our goals.

    Our Facebook page is at; Or, go to and type Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Kansas City. Our blogsite is at We post announcements on both. Both sites also have links to PayPal where you can fill out a Membership application and pay membership dues.

    Annual membership dues are $25 for individuals, $35 for a household (more than one member), $50 for sustaining members, and $10 for student members under age 25. Complimentary memberships are available if the dues impose a financial burden. Attendance at our monthly program meetings is free to members in good standing. Non-member guests always are welcome, but we ask for a $5 donation at the door to help defray costs. All dues and donations help us pay for our website, library books, outside speakers, and other administrative expenses.

    Membership dues and donations may be paid by check, cash, credit card, or PayPal. PayPal also accepts credit cards. Links on our blogsite and Facebook page take you to our Membership Application which has a direct connection to PayPal. We ask all new members to complete the Membership Application. When our website becomes operational we will have similar facilities on it.
    If you have any questions, please contact  Richard Rosenstock ( We hope you will join us as we bring Jewish genealogy back to the Greater Kansas City area.

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    First meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Kansas City

    We are in the process of forming a new Jewish Genealogical Society, the JGS of Greater Kansas City (JGSGKC). Our first meeting will be from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm on 22 January 2018, in the Logan Room of the Johnson County Central Resource Library,9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. I hope to see you there.

    In the meantime, we invite you to become a member of our new JGS. Clicking on the text, "Join JGSGKC - Pay with PayPal" (above the photo) will take you to our Membership Application page. Please fill out the Application and mail it to our PO Box address, or bring it to the meeting. You can pay the annual dues through PayPal, by clicking on the PayPal Donate button at the bottom of the Application. 

    If you have any questions, please contact me.

    Richard Rosenstock 

    Join Us 18 Mar 2018

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