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“Learn Just Enough Russian for Genealogy” by Jane Neff Rollins

  • 25 Feb 2024
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Illinois
  • 139


  • Choose this ticket if you intend to attend the meeting in person. The Temple will open at 12:30 p.m. CST to accommodate those who want to use our genealogy library or the Help Desk before the main program begins at 2 p.m. We will still share the Zoom link with you in case you change your mind.
  • Choose this type of ticket if you intend to watch the event via Zoom.

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Jane Neff Rollins to speak on understanding Russian records for the Feb. 25, 2024, JGSI hybrid meeting 

“Learn Just Enough Russian for Genealogy” will be the topic of genealogist Jane Neff Rollins for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois hybrid meeting on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024.

Her online talk will begin at 2 p.m. CST via Zoom and at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Illinois. She will be speaking REMOTELY, and her presentation will be projected onto the wall at Temple Beth-El.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. Central Time for those who want to use genealogy library materials, get help with family history websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; however, registration is strongly encouraged.

RSVP by clicking the registration button at left.

If your ancestors emigrated from the Russian Empire, eventually you’ll want to seek evidence of their lives back there, Jane said. Those documents will be in Russian, and surviving documents from Russian archives are becoming more available on microfilm or in digitized form online. You can learn just enough Russian (including the eight Cyrillic letters removed from the alphabet during the Russian Revolution that even native Russian speakers can’t read) to interpret those genealogically-relevant documents.

Jane Neff Rollins began researching her family history when genealogy research required going to the Family History Library in person, and hand scrolling through microfilm. The first time she recognized her great-grandfather’s family on the 1900 census, she burst into tears. She is an alumna of ProGen Study Group 29, and a multi-year attendee of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Forensic Genealogy Institute.

Although she specializes in researching those with Eastern European Jewish ancestry, her clients have diverse backgrounds, including those with roots in colonial America. Jane has transliterated 19th century Russian language census, business directory, and vital records entries for online databases over the last 20 years.

She has spoken professionally about genealogy since 2012, and has since given genealogy lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad. Jane’s articles have appeared in NGS Magazine, FGS Forum (for which she won the 2020 Forum Writer’s Award), Crossroads, and Avotaynu, for which she wrote “Researching Jewish Ancestors Who Served in the Civil War.” She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and state and local genealogical societies.

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