The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) recently honored Fay Bussgang for twenty years of service. Bussgang is known throughout the world of Jewish Genealogy as an expert resource for Polish-Jewish Genealogical  Research.

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                                   Fay Bussgand and Heidi Urich, President of JGSGB

Bussgang’s  first role at JGSGB was as liaison for the Harvard libraries during the 1996 International Jewish Genealogical Society’s Boston conference. Since then Bussgang has served as JGSGB co-president (1998–2000), as a JGSGB board member, as a contributing writer to JGSGB’s journal MASS-POCHA, and as a lecturer for the JGSGB’s annual course Foundations of Jewish Genealogical Research.  

Bussgang and her Polish-born husband, Julian, are popular speakers at international conferences and at JGSGB monthly programs, most recently presenting “Finding Your Ancestors in Polish Records” in April 2015.

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Newton, December 13, 2015. Julian and Fay Bussgang

Ms. Bussgang has published over 20 articles in genealogical journals, as well as the “Russian Poland” section of the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. She and Julian have done extensive genealogical research during fourteen trips to Poland. During one trip, they “discovered” Books of Residents, a hitherto-unknown but very valuable census-like record set.  The Bussgangs have translated two volumes of war-time accounts of child survivors still living in Poland, The Last Eyewitnesses:  Children of the Holocaust Speak.  They also edited and formatted translation of Yizkor Books from the towns of Brzeziny and Dzialoszyce, that were published by JewishGen’s Yizkor Books-in-Print Project.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston programs monthly programs and other events are held in the Newton area. For more information about JGSGB please visit


Newton, December 13, 2015.  Fay Bussgang and Meredith Hoffman. Hoffman created the collage featuring Bussgang's many years of service to JGSGB and her contributions to worldwide Jewish genealogical research


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