Online Jewish Research Classes
NOTE: This was just received from Schelly Talalay Dardashti. Address inquiries
to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
JEWISH INTERNET RESEARCH CLASS
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, Ancestry.com, JewishGen, Jewish Records Indexing - JRI Poland,
Sephardic genealogy, archives, museums, general and Jewish sites and many more
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 www.ancestry.com 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
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, www.toldot.net which
helps genealogists publish their Jewish family histories on the Internet and in
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
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
Her articles have appeared in JTA and a host of Jewish press and genealogy
publications and journals.
Now the Jewish genealogy contributor for
www.ynetnews.com , 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).