The Extra Yad

(going) The Extra Yad is a play on English and Hebrew words (“Yad” means hand and is also the name of the pointer used while reading from the Torah scroll) reflecting the several realities of my involvement with Jewish family history: 
  • my desire to share knowledge and skills, 
  • my realization that one cannot do this kind of research in isolation, and 
  • my willingness to go to great lengths, when needed, to solve a problem.

    Emily H. Garber

    I have been researching my own family's history and my  family's towns since 2007. My academic background is in anthropological archaeology with degrees from Vassar College and the University of New Mexico. I have earned a certificate from Boston University's Genealogical Research course. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and do take clients.

    My KehilaLinks (town) webpage for my family shtetl is at: http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/yurovshchina/index.html

    Presentations and Classes

    I am available for speaking engagements (a list of prepared topics is here. Contact me if you are interested in a topic that is not listed.). If you are interested in having me speak to your group or hold a workshop please contact me by using the email address at the bottom of this page.

    I have delivered presentations and courses on a variety of genealogical subjects for several Family History Society of Arizona chapters and several FamilySearch Arizona State University Family History Conferences. I have also spoken at Jewish genealogy societies in Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon, Washington and New York. I have presented a variety of talks at International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conferences in Boston, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Orlando, and Jerusalem (Israel). The latest versions of the handouts for my presentations are located at a tab on this blog's homepage.


    "Using Landsmanshaft Burial Plots to Discover and Confirm the Location of a Family Shtetl," Avotaynu: 27: 1 : 3-9 (Spring 2011).

    "When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques," Avotaynu: 31: 2: 3-9 (Summer 2015). 

    "Beyond the Manifest: Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to Confirm One's Ancestral Origins,"  Avotaynu: 32: 3 : 33-41 (Fall 2016).  

    Volunteer Activities

    I am the Chair of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogical Group (a part of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society) and regularly help others with research problems at our monthly meetings. 

    I have served for several years on the moderation cadre for the JewishGen Discussion Group. In February 2013, I joined the JewishGen Ukraine Special Interest Group Board as Volunteers Director. I am now Communications Director.

    I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

    Society Memberships

    Association of Professional Genealogists
    National Genealogical Society
    Jewish Genealogical Society New York
    Gesher Galicia
    Litvak Special Interest Group
    Family History Society of Arizona
    New York Genealogical and Biographical Society 
    Utah Genealogical Association

    Contact Me 

    Contact me via email at gilah(at sign)cox.net