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Emily Garber: It's Hard to say, 'Good-bye' - Challenges Faced by Eastern European Emigrants

Sunday, October 20, 2024, 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM
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Deborah Long
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Emily Garber



Emily Garber will discuss what it was like to get ready to leave home and cross the sea. There were times when it was more difficult for many Jews to leave Eastern Europe than to enter the United States. What were the requirements for emigration? How did they know what to do? How did people get from their homes to ports of departure? How and where did they acquire tickets to sail? Did they have help along the way? This presentation takes emigrants from their homes to ports of departure.  (

will talk about the Pale of Settlement (all of today's Belarus and Moldova, eastern 2/3 of Ukraine, Poland, most of Lithuania, and a small part of Latvia). Between about 1880 and 1914, anyone who wanted to leave and head west had to go through the Pale and (unless they left thru Libau) cross into Austria, Germany or Prussia.)

Speaker: Emily Garber,genealogy researcher, writer, and speaker, is an anthropological archaeologist by training (B.A. and M.A.) and has been researching her family history since 2007. She holds a certificate from Boston University's Genealogical Research program and owns Extra Yad Genealogical Services. She has an abiding interest in family history methodology and historical context. Emily blogs at has written two books and several articles on genealogical research that have appeared in Avotaynu. She serves as chair of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and a member of the Board of Directors of both the IAJGS and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.


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