12 2023

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto. DNA SIG workshop

10:30AM - 12:00PM  

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto P.O. Box 91006 2901 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M2K 2Y6

Contact Jerry Scherer



Featuring our JGS Toronto members,
Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman

Sunday, 12 Mar 2023, 10:30 am. EST
Sunday, 11 Jun 2023, 10:30 am. EST
Virtual doors open at 10:20 am. ET.

Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman, both recognized as experts in Jewish DNA (see bios below) will once again be hosting our DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) programme.

Our DNA mavens will begin by answering questions submitted on this questionnaire form. Please submit your questions at least one week prior to the event date. A short educational presentation will follow to provide general mentoring on your DNA brick walls. If time permits, Gil and Arthur will take questions from the audience.
Here’s an opportunity to submit your DNA questions so that our mavens can try to provide you with guidance by directing you to specific methods and tips to further your research. By submitting your questions for this programme, you agree, if necessary, to give permission to share your screen and the names of DNA matches and family tree members. This will allow others to benefit from observing the techniques used by our experts. We ask that you include as much information as possible with your question and indicate what research you’ve done.

We are pleased to announce that this DNA SIG programme will be open for both members and non-members. Future DNA SIG programmes may be open only to JGS Toronto members to allow for the interactive presentations and discussions that are the hallmark of our SIG meetings.

Gil Bardige, originally from Chicago, has been a genealogist for over 40 years and a Genetic Genealogist since 2007. He has tested at the 4 major testing companies and is the Co-Admininsitrator of 3 projects at FTDNA including Jewish R1B and R-A11711 Subclade Projects. He is Chair of the Columbus Ohio JGS, a volunteer at IAJGS Conferences (including the Program Committee), and Director of the Mentoring Program. Gil is a firm believer that you can use DNA results as a tool in your genealogy research. Over the last five years, he has regularly helped people navigate their DNA matches by speaking at dozens of Jewish Genealogical Societies. After his presentations, people say: “Thank you, Gil, I am no longer confused!"

Arthur Sissman, from Naples FL, has been engaged in family history genealogy since 1999 and genetic genealogy (DNA) since 2015. Arthur has built over 25 family history trees for his various family surname lines. In addition, he has tested his autosomal DNA at all the major DNA testing companies, and his Y-DNA and MtDNA at FamilyTreeDNA. Using his methods in DNA matching, Arthur has found relatives previously unknown to him and has built out one family history tree by 150 persons in 10 days. For information on Arthur’s Jewish Genealogy SIG monthly meetings and scheduled workshops, email

To register for the DNA SIG event , please go to
You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event.

Note: the video recording of this event will be available to JGS Toronto members only.

To our guests, consider joining our membership for only $40.00 per year by Clicking Here, or consider a donation by Clicking Here, to assist us in continuing our mission providing a forum for the exchange of genealogical knowledge and information. (Canadians receive a CRA tax receipt.)

Sponsor: Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto

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