The Extra Yad

(going) The Extra Yad is a play on English and Hebrew (“Yad” means hand and is also the name of the pointer used while reading from the Torah scroll) words 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 Garber

    I have been researching my own family's history and my father's family town (shtetl) 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 Phoenix groups as well as Jewish genealogy societies in Arizona, California and Florida. I have presented "Beyond the manifest," my discussion of applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to the problem of identifying one's Old World village, at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conference. The latest version of the syllabus for that talk is located in a tab on this blog's homepage. 

    I have taught "From Eastern Europe to the United States: Our Wandering Jewish Ancestors" - a six-session adult education course for Arizona State University's Center for Jewish Studies.

    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.

    In May 2011 I became a published author in genealogy: "Using Landsmanshaft Burial Plots to Discover and Confirm the Location of a Family Shtetl," Avotaynu: XXVII, Number 1 (Spring 2011).

    Contact Me 

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