Saturday, April 15, 2006

Online Jewish Research Classes

NOTE: This was just received from Schelly Talalay Dardashti. Address inquiries to her at:

Jewish Internet Research begins May 4 at
Learn how to navigate the Internet for information on your Jewish ancestors. This class covers information on many websites and databases covering the Holocaust,, JewishGen, Jewish Records Indexing - JRI Poland, Sephardic genealogy, archives, museums, general and Jewish sites and many more resources.

Jewish genealogy experts Micha Reisel and Schelly Talalay Dardashti co-teach the four-week class, which includes a detailed syllabus, two lessons to download each week, two online class chats per week, a dedicated website and message board. Class fee ($29.95) includes access to databases so students can research family records.

The Internet offers ever-increasing research possibilities. The challenge is to try to make sense of the many websites with information on Jewish genealogical matters. Doing research with others and sharing information is a great way of learning how and where to go for the best results.

Micha and Schelly also teach Basic Jewish Research which provides the essential tools to begin a family history project. Students in both classes have made great strides in discovering family information and continue to work together on mutual interests long after each class ends.

====updated bio for Micha and Schelly -- the basic bios are on the webpage noted above=====
Micha Reisel is an online news industry veteran who currently consults with media and online sites on interactive media and media integration. A networker who thrives on bringing together companies and people in the online content industry, he is president and founder of Toldot Publishers, which helps genealogists publish their Jewish family histories on the Internet and in books.

Since 1985, Micha has been working on his own family tree and is the family genealogist of his paternal and maternal lines, with some 700 people in his family tree from Belarus, Lithuania, Germany and Holland, dating to 1720. An Internet expert, Micha focuses on finding resources on Jewish genealogy for researchers.

He recently led a group of seven volunteers who transliterated from Hebrew to English some 80,000 burial records of two large Israeli cemeteries so that this database can be searchable by worldwide individuals.

He is vice president of the multi-branched Jewish Family Research Association Israel (JFRA Israel); member International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS), where he has frequently given presentations and workshops.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a freelance journalist specializing in Jewish genealogy, travel and food. A New Yorker who has lived in several countries, she began her research in 1989, as the researcher for her husband's family and her own. Anyone bearing either of the rare names is sure to be related. With origins in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Spain and Iran, each extensive tree dates to about 1740.

Her articles have appeared in JTA and a host of Jewish press and genealogy publications and journals.

Now the Jewish genealogy contributor for, she was formerly the Jewish genealogy columnist, for the Jerusalem Post (print/online) from 1999-2005. She covers community histories, personalities, new resources and projects, events and conferences, books, family reunions, mysteries and more.

Member, Association of Professional Genealogists, American Jewish Press Association, JewishGen's Belarus Special Interest Group (SIG) and Sefard Forum. She is also president of the multi-branched Jewish Family Research Association Israel (JFRA Israel), a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

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