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New Jewish genealogy sites

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) presents local expert Laurence “Larry” Morrell as speaker of the month at 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 9. He will present “New Jewish Genealogy Sites.”

The meeting will be at Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation, Social Hall, 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. The presentation is open to the public, free for members and $5 for non-members.

As the JGSGO returns from summer hiatus, Morrell will present to the group new Jewish genealogy Internet sites that he has investigated this summer. He also will briefly discuss his Family Tree DNA results. Following the formal program, JGSGO will hold a roundtable discussion. Those in attendance are asked to bring their current genealogy challenge to the roundtable for discussion, tips and pointers. You may send a description of your genealogy challenge in advance of the meeting to

Morrell was born and raised in Orlando 70 years ago. He has been doing genealogy research for more than 10 years. His areas of interest include Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, France and Israel. Morrell says he is also very interested in Jewish traditions and life in 19th century Eastern European shtetlach. He enjoys the “hunt” for new information from various new sources. He has recently gotten involved in the Family Tree DNA project. DNA testing may have revealed a whole new branch of his family tree. Morrell is a past president of the JGSGO and a local instructor on beginning Jewish Genealogy.

The formal program portion of the meeting (prior to the roundtable discussion) will also be available via webinar (a web/internet delivered seminar). You can hear and see the live lecture from your computer and will be able to type questions to the presenter. If you would like to register to receive the lecture via webinar, email for instructions no later than Saturday, Sept. 8 at midnight.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our blog at

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