Moishe Miller's Education and Development

  • Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records

    by Mark Halpen
    Wednesday, 21 July 2021 at 7:00 PM
    sponsored by The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh

    Over the last twenty years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing—Poland and Gesher Galicia has made records more readily available to all Galician researchers.

    This session offered an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research.

    Attended live, via Zoom, on 21 Jul 2021

  • Researching USCIS Records

    by Marian Smith
    Wednesday, 14 July 2021 at 7:00 PM
    sponsored by JGSLI

    An overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool, demonstrate how plotting an immigrant�s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found.

    Marian Smith retired in 2018 after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    Attended live, via Zoom, on 14 Jul 2021

  • 2021 June - Mastering Genealogical Documentation

    with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG
    21 - 25 June 2021
    Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

    Documentation lies at the heart of respectable genealogy. Without clear and complete citations to supporting sources no family compilation or report can be credible. Therefore, all serious genealogists document their work. Students taking this course will learn how to understand their sources well enough to describe them. Then they will learn how to apply that knowledge to crafting citations. This hands-on course will help students gain understanding of how to create conventional citations with artistry, clarity, completeness, conciseness, and competence.

    Attended virtually (due to Corona) 21-25 June 2021


  • Documentation and Citation: Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources!

    by Alice Hoyt Veen
    Wednesday, April 7 from 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm EDT
    sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society

    An intermediate to advance level class. Source documentation and citations are important components of every successful family history project.

    Citing sources creates a permanent “breadcrumb trail” that others can follow and enhances the credibility of research findings. It takes self-discipline and thoughtfulness, but well-documented research stands the test of time. This webinar begins with the basics, then digs deeper into evolving standards for documenting 21st century sources. Discussion includes practical examples and step-by-step practice.

    Attended live, via GoToWebinar

  • Mastering Genealogical Documentation — Beginning Principles Class

    by Genealogy Pants
    Wednedsays at 8:00 PM

    A beginner/low-intermediate level class to study the book Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Tom Jones. Covers the principles outlined in the book as well as discuss the workbook questions.

    Wednesday evenings (lead by Cari Taplin) at 8pm Eastern, from 3 Feb 2021 thru 17 Mar 2021 (7 weeks total). Each class was about an hour. There was a Facebook discussion group too.


    Attended live, via ZOOM

  • Research in Galicia, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine with Breakout Rooms

    by Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island
    Sunday, December 20th, 2020 at 2:00 PM
    sponsored by JGSLI

    Galicia - Renee Steinig and Steve Turner (Gesher Galicia)
    Germany - Alex Calzareth and John Paul Lowens (JewishGen's German Research Division)
    Lithuania - Rhoda Miller and (joining us from Israel) Carol Hoffman (Litvak SIG)
    Ukraine - Gary Pokrassa and Chuck Weinstein (JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division)

    Attended live, via Zoom, on 20 December 2020

  • Four ways DNA Painter can help with your family history research

    by Jonny PerlCG
    2 December 2020
    sponsored by Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    DNA Painter is a website that aims to help demystify your DNA matches via chromosome mapping, tree visualizations and other useful analysis tools. This talk will present four ways the site can be used, with examples that will be informative to beginners and experienced users alike. (1:17:00)


    Attended live, via GoToWebinar, on 2 December 2020

  • Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree

    by Angela Packer McGhie, CG
    20 October 2020
    sponsored by Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    This webinar features a demonstration of using DNA test results to confirm a documented ancestral line. Angela walks step-by-step through the process using both traditional research and DNA evidence to meet BCG standards. (1:21:00)


    Attended live, via GoToWebinar, on 20 September 2020

  • Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA

    by Roberta Estes
    7 October 2020
    sponsored by Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    Step by step, how to utilize Y DNA testing at Family Tree DNA to get the most out of your results. A look at little known methods to obtain information, even if your match doesn't have a tree. Wonder about the Big Y test? Review of why that's important and how to benefit from those results. Lastly, a discussion of projects and using Y DNA in conjunction with autosomal testing, for a slam-dunk. (1:39:00)


    Attended live, via GoToWebinar, on 7 September 2020

  • Successful Techniques Using DNA Results

    by Jarrett Ross
    13 September 2020
    sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island

    Case studies using different types of DNA tests and multiple techniques to identify significant DNA matches.

    Attended via ZOOM on 13 September 2020

  • Using Endogamous DNA to Research or Solve Your Genealogical Puzzles DNA Case Studies

    by Terry Lasky
    13 September 2020
    sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado

    A summary of the approach, issues, methods and results from a study of 25+ family members, tested on both Ancestry and FamilyTreeDNA.

    Attended via ZOOM on 13 September 2020

  • DNA II: Analyzing your DNA Results-Making Matches

    by Lawrence Fagan
    16, 20, 23, 27 & 30 of August 2020
    JewishGen Learning Center Personal Mentoring Program

    This class walks you through the steps to analyze DNA test results. Concentrates on the basic autosomal tests showing matches back 4-5 generations. Also discusses the Y chromosome and mitochondrial testing that examines the paternal and maternal lines, respectively.

    Attended via ZOOM during August 2020 (and 1 Sep)

  • "Comparing Jewish Resources on, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage and JewishGen"
    "What Would Nancy Drew Do in the Quest for Missing Family"

    by Ellen Kowitt
    26 July 2020
    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)

    The first lecture provides a comparative overview of the various dominant genealogy records websites:, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage and JewishGen. The second lecture showcases genealogy resources found in the text of the classic Nancy Drew series and journeys through contemporary online records, photographs, and maps found in digital libraries, as well as archival collections, cemeteries, and newspapers.

    Attended virtually (due to Corona) 26 July 2020

  • 2020 June - Practical Genetic Genealogy

    by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., Karen Stanbary, CG, Dana Leeds, and Paula Williams
    19 - 24 July 2020
    Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

    The course examines the fundamental aspects of the different types of DNA evidence (atDNA, mtDNA, Y-DNA, and X-DNA), the benefits and limitations of ethnicity estimates, how to navigate the DNA testing company websites, and how to properly use the many third-party DNA tools that are available, among other topics. The course also introduces themes such as DNA standards and the Genealogical Proof Standard, as well as privacy and ethical issues related to DNA.

    Attended virtually (due to Corona) 19-24 July 2020

  • Crème de la crème: Targeted Autosomal DNA Testing to Isolate Pertinent Genetic Cousins

    by Paul Woodbury
    6 May 2020
    Family Tree Webinars

    Genetic Genealogy may be helpful for overcoming your genealogy brick wall, but how do you even start to determine which of those thousands of genetic cousins are pertinent to your particular research question? Targeted testing and collaboration to increase coverage, and filter testing can help in isolating the most important matches for your case. Once you have multiple tests available for analysis, your odds of success increase. (1:32:00).

    Viewed 6 May 2020

  • DNA eWorkshop:Integrated Tools

    by Family History Fanatics
    5 Dec 2019

    The course examines the four following third-party tools, including how to install or access them and how to use them in your research:

    Week 1 - Preparing to Cluster
    Week 2 - Utilizing Clusters
    Week 3 - Finding Unknown Relationships

    Course taken over the weeks of 5, 12 & 19 Dec 2019

  • Transcarpathia: Eastern Slovak and Ukrainian Jewish Research

    Sunday, November 24th, 2 - 4 p.m.
    Mid-Island Y-JCC
    45 Manetto Hill Road
    Plainview, NY

    Speaker: Jordan Auslander

    Jordan Auslander is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer and expert witness. His publications include a Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary, the Index to Vital Records in the Slovak State Archive System, and articles in Avotaynu and other periodicals. He also contributed chapters to The Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy and The Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora. Jordan will discuss the genealogically relevant records that are available in and outside the Slovak Republic and Ukraine from a region that was, in the 20th century, sequentially Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, USSR and Ukraine. He will also share advice, based on his own visits to the region, on how to focus your search to minimize opportunities for bureaucratic errors.

  • Genealogy and DNA: An Intermediate-level Seminar

    by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
    27 October 2019
    New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

    After testing for genealogy with various DNA-testing companies, and then exploring the tools available on the company websites, do you know what to do next? This program is intended for intermediate-level genealogists. (10am - 4pm; 4 segments).

    Attended 27 Oct 2019

  • Examining Your DNA Matches with DNA Painter

    by Jonny Perl
    2 March 2019
    2019 RootsTech Sessions

    Using practical examples, this session will demonstrate how DNA Painter can be used for a variety of activities including chromosome mapping and relationship prediction for unknown DNA matches. (1:03:13).

    Viewed 24 - 30 Jul 2019

  • You Can Do DNA

    by Christi Lynn Jacobsen, Dana Leeds, Diahan Southard
    12 March 2019
    2019 RootsTech Sessions

    Learn about what they can do and what they can’t do, so that you can pick the right DNA test to best help you make more and meaningful connections in your genealogy. (1:00:10).

    Viewed 18 - 19 Jun 2019

  • New AncestryDNA Tools - ThruLines and DNA Match List

    by Blaine Bettinger
    12 March 2019

    See the new tools launched at AncestryDNA: The new DNA Match List beta has clustering and filtering options, and the ThruLines offers new relationship possibilities. This video looks at these tools, including the benefits and limitations, and how you can incorporate these tools in your research. (49:19).

    Do: Take The Right Test (Christi Jacobsen): In this section, we will be talking about the three major test types: mtDNA, YDNA, and autosomal. We will talk about what they can do and what they can’t do, so that you can pick the right DNA test to best help you make more and meaningful connections in your genealogy.
    Do: Understand Your Ethnicity Results (Diahan Southard): Are you wondering how much stock you can put into these maps and percentages? We will cover why you get what you are getting, and how to use it in your family history.
    Do: Work With Your Matches (Dana Leeds): Have you tested your autosomal DNA and wonder what to do next? DNA Color Clustering is a quick, easy method which helps you sort and analyze your DNA matches so you can work on a specific research question or a specific branch of your family.

    Viewed 13 May 2019

  • NGS 2019 Family History Conference

    by National Genealogical Society (NGS)

    My Conference Badge & Syllabus

    A Convincing Argument or a Convoluted Mess?
    Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS
    You’ve done the research and have the strongest available evidence. Now you just need that soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion based on that evidence.

    12:00 - 12:25 pm
    Using Thrulines to make family history discoveries
    Ancestry In-Booth Schedule

    Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions
    J. H. “Jay” Fonkert, CG
    Grasp the differences between direct and indirect evidence, understand how logic supports conclusions from indirect evidence, and learn how to carefully word your conclusions.

    Clara or Clara? Dining DNA Detectives
    Diahan Southard
    A fun evening of DNA detective work. In this interactive experience you will use your DNA and genealogy sleuthing skills to help us determine which Clara is the mother of your father. No prior DNA experience required! You will enjoy lively instructions, table collaboration, and good old fashioned genealogy as we work together to piece together the clues of this engaging case study.

    atDNA Analysis Workshop
    Debbie Parker Wayne CG, CGL
    Learn step-by-step analysis of autosomal DNA matches using company and third-party tools to solve genealogical problems.

  • Workshop - Putting Skills to Work:

    A full day of learning focused on skills needed by any genealogist and advocating established genealogical standards.

    The morning session was “Evidence Analysis: Theory, Practice, and the Real World”.
    by Nancy Peters, CG. CGL
    Through discussion of case examples and hands-on activities, to teach methods for analyzing sources, information, and evidence to solve genealogical problems.

    The afternoon session was “Meeting Standards with Twenty-First Century Research Reports”
    Melissa Johnson, CG
    Discussion and activities focus on how to report research results in a concise and professional format that meets current standards

  • An Introduction to DNA Painter

    by Jonny Perl
    04 April 2019

    Originally presented live, the webinar is recorded and hosted at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    DNA Painter is a website that aims to help demystify your DNA matches. This talk will introduce the site's features and tools for chromosome mapping and relationship prediction. The concept of chromosome mapping will then be discussed, with detailed examples of how the site can be used to visualize your matches and help to identify how you are related to each match. This will cover both basic and advanced operations, revealing features and functionality you might not have noticed (1h:25m).

    Viewed 03 April 2019

  • The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree

    by Debra S. Mieszala, CG
    19 March 2019

    sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

    Originally presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the webinar is recorded and hosted at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    Johanna (Daly) Mahoney plunged to her death taking her parent's and sibling's identities along. Extensive associate analysis and a sixteen-year post-mortem summons led to family. (1:27).

    Viewed 26 March 2019

  • TOOLS101 – Essential Third-Party Tools

    by The Genetic Genealogist, LLC
    2 March 2019

    The course examines the four following third-party tools, including how to install or access them and how to use them in your research:

    DNA Painter

    Course taken over the weeks of 17 Mar 2019

  • Visualizing Information for Genealogists

    by Margaret R. Fortier, CG
    15 January 2019

    sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

    Originally presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the webinar is recorded and hosted at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    You have toiled over your client report. You have delved into the data, mined it for every iota of information, you have examined and evaluated your sources, analyzed and correlated your evidence, resolved any conflicts, and carefully crafted a narrative. Your report is accurate, but does your presentation compellingly tell the story? Does your work convincingly summarize the depth and breadth of your analysis? Are you using all the tools available to you to effectively communicate with your clients and engagingly present the story of their ancestors? This presentation will show how to use text and images effectively in client research and why it matters. Several examples will illustrate how to go from raw data to a polished, professional display of information. (57:00).

    Certificate of Completion

  • Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

    by Tahitia McCabe & Graham Holton

    sponsored by the University of Strathclyde

    This free online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We do not concentrate on a specific country’s records so it should be useful to anyone around the world.

    We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. We’ll help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level (six-week online course).

    Week 1: Analysing Documents (5 Nov - 7 Nov 2018)
    Week 2: Effective Searching Techniques (12 Nov - 17 Nov)
    Week 3: Using Major Source Types (19 Nov - 26 Nov)
    Week 4: Genealogical Proof and DNA Testing (26 Nov - 28 Nov)
    Week 5: Putting your Research into Context (3 Dec- 5 Dec)
    Week 6: Documenting and Communicating your Research Results and Sources (9 Dec- 12 Dec)

  • Parental Phasing on GEDmatch - A Segment of DNA

    by Andrew Lee
    4 Sep 2018

    Published by Family History Fanatics

    Have heard about DNA phasing? With Gedmatch tools, you can phase your DNA so that you can separate out your maternal and paternal matches, and Andy Lee will show you how.

  • Autosomal DNA Testing Plans

    by Paul Woodbury
    1 Nov 2018

    sponsored by the BYU Family History Library

    An overview on how create effective autosomal DNA testing plans based on specific research subject and objective. (57:28).

    More detail is at

  • Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events

    by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL
    19 October 2018

    sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

    Originally presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the webinar is recorded and hosted at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

    Information hidden below the surface or totally absent helps researchers reconstruct events, identities, and relationships that no record specifies. Such hidden information is indirect or negative evidence. This session discusses the qualities of both kinds of evidence, which are easily misunderstood. It also describes uses of indirect and negative evidence, and it gives examples of applying those uses to solving genealogical problems. (60:01).

  • Mapping Your Chromosomes With DNAPainter

    Blaine Bettinger Ph.D., J.D.
    30 October 2017

    An introduction to, a free third-party chromosome mapping tool (39:55).

  • Live Webinar: The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite

    sponsored by Southern California Genealogical Society

    Presented by Diahan Southard (author of DNA Quick Guides)

    The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This lecture will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.

  • NGS 2018 Family History Conference

    by National Genealogical Society (NGS)

    My Conference Badge & Syllabus

    The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy
    David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
    Learn how to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard in your research. Whether for yourself or clients, this is the cornerstone of your foundational skills.

    New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Luncheon: Genealogical Mis-adventures from New York
    D. Joshua Taylor, MLS
    Not every New York ancestor quest turns out as expected&emdash;it can lead to triumph or tears, laughs or laments, and maybe even some hair-pulling.

    What Do I Really Have Here? Analyzing Sources Effectively
    Ruth Ann Abels Hager, CG, CGL
    When using a source, do you understand it sufficiently to evaluate and analyze it? Help may be hidden in plain sight.

    Using Evidence Creatively: Spotting Clues in Run-of-the-Mill Records
    Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
    Evidence often takes forms we don't expect or recognize. This session uses creative-thinking principles to stimulate genealogical solutions. Case studies use practical but thorny problems

    Society Night
    Meet representatives of local genealogical and historical societies from across Michigan and discover new research sources and publications.

    Getting Your Results is Just the Beginning
    Jim Brewster
    Now that you have your DNA results, what should you do with them? We will cover the tools and genetic reports offered by Family Tree DNA.

    The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad
    Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
    Genealogical standards demand that we discriminate, including good evidence and excluding bad. How do we know and justify using this source but not that one?

  • Workshop - Putting Skills to Work:

    A full day of learning focused on skills needed by any genealogist and advocating established genealogical standards.

    The morning session was “Planning and Executing Reasonably Exhaustive Research, or How to Ensure a Successful Hunt”.
    by Connie Lenzen, CG
    Group practice should make creating a research plan and then executing it, all with genealogy standards, less daunting.

    The afternoon session was “Citing All Kinds of Online Sources.”
    Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
    Through hands-on activities, participants learned the citation implications for each of three kinds of online content and four kinds of source-image pairings.

  • Angela's Certification Discussion Group 2018.1 (Winter)

    The goal of this class is to de-mystify the portfolio process, give examples of successful portfolios (but not perfect) and inform on the techniques & methodologies learned along the way.

    by Angela McGhie and Jill Morelli

    GoToMeeting Mondays at noon, January 8, 15, 29, February 5, 12, 19, & 26

  • American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation and Basics

    Is a course for anyone who wants to understand the principles of citation for common sources such as books, periodicals, and a variety of filmed and digitized records.

    by National Genealogical Society (NGS)

    online course

  • American Genealogical Studies: The Basics

    Is a course designed for anyone just starting out or who wants a quick refresher on genealogical principles.

    by National Genealogical Society (NGS)

    online course

  • Dorot Volume 35, Number 2: "How I Became a Publisher of Genealogies".

    Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS of NY)


  • AVOTAYNU Volume XXVI, Number 2, Summer 2010: "YadPOT: An Aid to Creating Pages of Testimony".