Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County
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The Carpathia

Final Meeting of the Season~Wed., May 21

Speaker: Richard Goodstein, Director of the Plantation Family History Center
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States), located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history by:
  • Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons
  • Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program
  • Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
After 5 years of having a post on JewishGen,  Richard has recently made a contact with a "not previously known" family member and they are sharing family history information.  A very interesting story!
                                   Plantation Family History Library ~ Old Hiatus Road 

About our April Progam

Red Star Line, Gateway to the New World

The shipping line that Clement A Griscom (1841-1912) created and financed as a gateway between Philadelphia and Antwerp also transported an estimated 2.5 million emigrants to the New World from its base in Antwerp, Belgium between 1873 and 1934.  Approximately 1 million of these passengers were Jews in search of a better life and future.  Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) was an Antwerp artist who provided an artistic testimony of those who passed through the second largest port of departure for European Jews (after Hamburg-Bremen). 

Erwin Joos, curator of the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum, will describe this era in vivid terms.  Rand H. Fishbein of Los Angeles described Van Mieghem's art as the missing link between the photographs of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) who recorded the lives of German and Eastern European jews in the years immediately preceeding the Holocaust, and the photographs of Jacob Riis (1849-1914), who exposed the misery of the underprivileged Jews living in the crime-infested slums on the Lower East Side. 

The work of Van Mieghem provides artistic testimony of the stay of those same Jews in the port of departure, which included Irving Berlin, Albert Einstein and Yuri Suhl, who wrote in his book, "One Foot in America," "...When we arrived in Antwerp my father heaved a deep sigh and said, "Now, thank God, we are with one foot in America already.  Next stop is New York."

Share Your Story

 Whether in person at our monthly meetings or in writing as a submission to Family Gatherings, our monthly newsletter, we'd love to hear your story.

If you'd like to submit an article or story of interest to Jewish genealogists for possible inclusion in Family Gatherings, please contact


Hitting a Brick Wall?

OR, do you want to share a breakthrough?  We're here to help.  Member volunteers with a broad range of understanding and experience are available for consultation the first 30 minutes of every JGSBC monthly meeting.  If you've had research success, please share your methodology with our group.  Your experience may help someone else!

Speaker's Bureau

Are you interested in having a speaker from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County speak to your organization? Whether you're a synagogue, social group, club or school, Jewish genealogy is a popular topic for all age groups.

Contact the JGSBC Speakers Bureau at to discuss designing or scheduling a talk.


Upcoming Events
May 27th:
Summer Research Group
June 1 ~ August 31 Official Dates and time TO BE ANNOUNCED
We have no general meetings in the summer, but watch for announcements of our Summer Research Group Sessions.  Our first one will be held at the Plantation Family History Center.
Have a great summer!