IAJGS 2019

Up to this point, I have had high aspirations of being a Jewish genealogist and blogger but very little to show in the way of accomplishments. But, this past week, while attending the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conference, I was able to meet up with some notable Jewish genealogy bloggers, such as Emily Graber, Janice Sellers and Lara Diamond and they all assure me that this conference makes for a perfect opportunity to jump-start my blogging activity and contribute to Emily Garber’s (going) The Extra Yad IAJGS 2019 Blogger Compendium. I am not going to try to summarize all the sessions I have attended, but I do want to outline those that have made an impact on me.
Let me start with conference activities that impact my efforts to blog. Not only did I attend the meet-up of Jewish Genealogy bloggers, but I attended Mary-Jane Roth’s presentation, My Family History Blog: A Multi-purpose Tool. Roth uses Blogger as her blogging platform, th…

The Picture

For me, my love affair (AKA sickness, obsession, addiction, compulsion, or whatever you wish to call it) with family history began with a picture. Isn’t this the case for many of us? In my case, this is the picture that did it for me.

During my childhood, 60 some years ago, my nuclear family was very close to the families of my cousins on my mother’s side. My father’s side? Not so much. There were my father’s parents, Harry and Lillie Zabitz, but I have virtually no memories of Harry, because he passed away just before my 4th birthday. And, there was the family of my father’s brother, the Zabitz family of Syosset, New York. Other than that, contact with other Zabitz families was pretty much limited to the very occasional Bar Mitzvah or wedding.

In 2015 however, I began to realize that my family was a lot larger than I thought. Through the magic of the Internet, specifically MyHeritage and Facebook, I started meeting up with the descendants of my grandfather Harry’s brothers and siste…