12 2023

JGSTB - Jewish Genealogical Records at the Library of Congress

1:30PM - 3:30PM  

Contact Chris Burklund

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay

Jewish Genealogical Records at the Library of Congress

 Presentation by Phillip Nicholas

Sunday, November 12, 2023

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will hold a meeting on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. Participants can choose to attend in person or watch via Zoom.

  • Date:                     Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023
  • Time:                    Social with refreshments begins at 1:30 p.m.; Program – 2 p.m.
  • Place:                    In Person: Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd.,                                     Clearwater, FL33760

                                        Online: Zoom (RSVP information below)

  • Program:             Jewish Genealogical Records at the Library of Congress
  • Speaker:               Phillip Nicholas

The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications. In fact, the library's genealogy collection began as early as 1815 with the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's library.

Reference librarian Phillip Nicholas will outline what Jewish-oriented genealogical information is maintained in the library, how to access this information online and in person and how these records can be used for individuals’ research. Nicholas, part of the library’s History & Genealogy Section of the Researcher Engagement and General Collections Division, will also discuss one of his specialties, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy from the Caribbean.

Nicholas specializes in researching the family histories of the enslaved people, free people of color, colonists, and Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews in the British West Indies.  He has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland College Park and Comparative and Transnational History from the College of William & Mary, where he studied the transatlantic slave trade and British colonialism in the Caribbean.

In-person attendees can socialize and use JGSTB’s library before watching Nicholas together via Zoom.

Online attendees must reserve to receive sign-on instructions. You can do this on our Reservation Page. The program is free to members and $5 for non-members. Dues, which will run through 2024, are $25 for single members and $35 for couples/families and can be paid through  our Dues Payment Page.

For specific questions please contact Bruce Hadburg at 727-796-7981, or email him at For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, go to

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