MIKE KALT


Mike Kalt  serves as TJGS' president for 2015-2016. Mike was born in the Detroit area and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. He also holds a PhD in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. 


He has been a genealogy buff since 1984, and has been actively involved as a volunteer with JewishGen since the mid-1990's, working on JewishGen's Yizkor Book project and Holocaust data base. He also maintains the town pages for Stryj and Grodek Jagiellonski for JewishGen's KehilaLinks project.  In 2001, he traveled to Poland and Ukraine to visit his ancestral shtetls. 


Mike can provide a variety of programs on research techniques. His presentations include:

  • An Introduction to JewishGen
    • An overview of the information available at www.jewishgen.org, probably the most valuable web site for those doing Jewish genealogical research.
  • Using JewishGen Discussion Groups
    • How to use discussion groups to communicate with other genealogical researchers and find answers to your genealogical questions. 
  • So, You Don't Know Where the Mishpocha is From? 
    • How to use the Town Finder page on the JewishGen web site to find your family's ancestral towns and access information and resources for the towns.  
  • Putting Your Family Tree Online
    • A discussion and demonstration of different approaches for making information about your family available on the Web.
  • Using the Stephen Morse Web Site
    • An overview of the web site www.stevemorse.org, which provides better search interfaces than commonly used genealogy web sites.  The Morse web site also contains numerous other resources for those doing Jewish Genealogy.
  • How Zayde Got to Montana: Jewish Migration in America
    • A discussion of Jewish immigration and migration patterns across the United States, with special emphasis on the western states.


Mike can be reached at mfkalt@gmail.com.


TJGS speakers are available for presentations on Jewish Genealogy at your organization's event.

TJGS does not charge for its speakers, but an honorarium for the organization would be happily accepted.

Deborah Long


Deborah Long, TJGS's founder, has been researching her family’s Holocaust story since she was 10 years old, but her efforts really took off in 2009 with trips to her ancestral villages in Poland and Hungary. She was able to locate long-lost cousins in Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Israel and continues to search for more relatives.


She will provide your organization with her program "Three Guides, Four Countries" for your organization. She can also provide programs on Holocaust research. One program is a personal narrative called called "A Tale of Two Cousins, the Holocaust, and an Obsession."  The other is a review of primary and secondary Holocaust research resources for genealogists.


The programs are 1-1.5 hours. She can be reached at DebbieTheTeacher@gmail.com.