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Saturday, July 15, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ventura County Genealogical Society
presents a
Free Family History Mini-Seminar
at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

PRESENTATIONS BY GENA PHILIBERT-ORTEGA:

1:00 P.M. 10 DATABASES YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE ON ANCESTRY.COM
Sure, you know the census, city directories, and the World War I Draft registration on Ancestry.com, but what about those little-known databases that include images, digitized books, and indexes? There are hidden treasures in Ancestry for those who know how to find them. We will explore searching on Ancestry to uncover the lesser known databases and we’ll look at 10 specific ones for your research.

2:30 P.M. TACKLING A RESEARCH PROJECT
You want to research your great-grandma. Great! Now what? After you spend some time looking online and have hit the brick wall, what are you supposed to do? Tackling a research project is so much more than entering names into a database. Learn more about planning, creating, and researching so that your time online and off will be a success.

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada, as well as virtually to audiences worldwide on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history.

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research.

For more information, visit https://venturacogensoc.org/


Saturday, July 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Genealogy Garage: Find Your German Roots at the Los Angeles Public Library!

German research expert John P. Schmal will review reference materials available in the History and Genealogy Department of LAPL that contain German genealogical material, and demonstrate how you can locate the information you need. Bring your questions—John is one of our best local resources for German research!

Location: Los Angeles Public Library
History and Genealogy Dept. Meeting Room LL420
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Genealogy Garage is a co-sponsored monthly event (every 3rd Saturday) put on by the Los Angeles Public Library, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California.

For more information, visit http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar and type "genealogy"


Sunday, July 16, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Bring Your Own Brick Wall: One on One Help with Your Family Tree, facilitated by a panel of SFBAJGS experts

Stuck on a genealogy problem while the Mavens are on summer hiatus? Bring your problems, questions, and documents (copies, please, no originals), and a panel of experienced researchers will brainstorm to provide information and suggestions that will show you your next steps and may help you solve some of your family mysteries.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Thursday, July 20, 2017, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Reconstructing Family Information When You Start with Almost Nothing: A Case Study, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Often a researcher starts with little information. This case study demonstrates techniques and sources that enabled reconstruction of seven generations of a family, although the search began with only the slimmest of information: a town name, one person's last name, a married woman's first name, and a third person's occupation.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, dual citizenship, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and CSGA. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.oaklandfhc.org/.


July 22 - Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Your Japanese immigrant Ancestors

Workshop description:
Have you ever wondered about your ancestors' arrival in the United States? Learn more about federal immigration and naturalization records maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presenter Marisa Louie Lee will also discuss how to access records relating to internment and reparations.

About our presenter:
Marisa Louie Lee is an avid researcher and genealogist who specializes in federal records. She formerly worked as an archivist at the National Archives at San Francisco, and is co- author of the article "The A-Files: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors", published in the Spring 2013 issue of Prologue magazine. She is knowledgeable about immigration case files maintained by the National Archives, having served as a research assistant for the book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. A fifth generation Chinese American, Marisa first delved into federal records as a college sophomore researching her own family's history in the United States. Marisa has presented past workshops for the National Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, and the Tule Lake Pilgrimage. She holds a B.A. in American Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

To RSVP:
This program is free for Museum members and included with general admission for non-members. RSVPs are recommended using the link below. Please contact gro.mnaj|pihsrebmem#gro.mnaj|pihsrebmem or 213.830.5646 if you have any questions.

URL link to RSVP: https://9644p.blackbaudhosting.com/9644p/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=fd9608d3-f83b-44e2-8fa3-0d1f2477a6f9

Presented by the Japanese American National Museum in partnership with the Nikkei Genealogical Society

100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

213.625.0414


Saturday, July 22, 2017, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Polish Genealogical Society of California
LDS Family History Center
10741 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Speakers: PGS-CA Membership!

Description

Each year, the PGS-CA Membership gathers to share their expertise in assisting their fellow PGS-CA Members with their “Brick Walls.”

Every PGS-CA member has experienced a brick wall some time in their research, and while a solution may not be provided, more often than not, someone has experienced a similar problem and may have a good suggestion for further research. While you may have brought your Brick Wall to the group in the past, we always have new members or members who have not attended in the in the past. Bring what you have already done and the group may have a new option for you to try!

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://pgsca.org.


Saturday, July 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Monthly Meeting: 35th Anniversary of SMCGS

Speaker: Glenne McElhinney on The Wide-Ranging Lives of Paul & Cora Clagstone

Join us for cake to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the SMCGS Society and a short talk on a family story with San Mateo County roots. If you are in touch with past SMCGS members, please extend them a warm invitation.

Paul & Cora Clagstone's story will take us on a journey fro a 1904 polo match in Monterey to a wedding in San Mateo, and from a ranch in Idaho to a soap factory in Chicago. San Mateo county connections will be highlighted as well as the early years of the California Polo and Racing Association. Glenne is a community historian and founder of Impact Stories, a history project about civil rights history.

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/content/monthly-programs


Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

One Day Seminar featuring THOMAS MacENTEE, Creator of GeneaBloggers
Nationally Known Speaker, Author and Genealogy Internet Guru
Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of North Orange County California (GSNOCC)

Danish Church and Cultural Center
16881 Bastanchury Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Topics: Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results; Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists; Genealogy Education: Getting your "Free" On; U.S. and Canada Newspaper Resources and Strategies

Donation: GSNOCC Members $30; Non-Members $35; At the Door $40
Box lunch available only with pre-registration $10
Pre-registration deadline: postmarked by 21 July 2017

FREE BONUS PRIZE for the first 35 people who register

Morning and afternoon snacks/ Door Prizes/ Opportunity Baskets/ Displays/ Silent Auction

Info and registration form at www.gsnocc.org


Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Getting the Most from Ancestry, presented by Jane Lindsey

Take advantage of CGS's extended summer hours and learn the tips and tricks for getting around your personal subscription to genealogy's popular site, Ancestry.com Jane Lindsey will provide a slew of approaches to maximizing your search results in a casual entertaining format. Bring your laptops and a meal to have before class.

Jane Knowles Lindsey, former President of the California Genealogical Society, has been researching her family history since 1982. Jane’s specialties are US Research, Quebec and Nova Scotia, and foreign research including German and Italian. She also does client work as well as assisting with DAR and Mayflower lineage papers. Jane volunteers at CGS on the desk and is currently working on the Capital Campaign for CGS. ​Jane is a past Trustee and Council member for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/y8vo2o6x/.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

California Genealogical Society & Library
Event held in McClellan, CA

Field Trip to Statewide Museum Collection, hosted by Linda Okazaki

The Statewide Museum Collections Center (SMCC) serves as the repository for California’s largest collection of artifacts and historic objects associated with the parks system throughout the state. The State Park Curators, Archivists, and Collections Managers care for and manage these artifacts including millions of archival documents, and over 400,000 historic photographic images. These State Archaeological Collections and the Research Facility provide researchers with resources for the study of Californians. The SMCC web site is Statewide Museum Collection.

There will be about a mile of walking on concrete. Those who wish to do research may do so by appointment prior to the tour. Transportation will be by casual carpool. It is about 1 ½ hour drive from CGS in Oakland. CGS cannot provide the transportation.

Linda is a fourth generation San Franciscan who has lived all but two years of her life in the Bay Area. Her interest in genealogy began as a hobby in 1998 but has since grown to a personal quest. Linda has been researching her husband’s ancestry for the past several years, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. She is passionate about researching, documenting, teaching, and sharing the stores of Japanese Americans.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/hm78dmu/.


Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Introduction to FindmyPast, presented by Maureen Hanlon

Come to CGS to do your research, and plan stay for our extended hours and a presentation on our library's newest subscription website, Findmypast.com. Maureen Hanlon will share what's unique, especially for British and Irish researchers, the data you can get without a subscription, and basics of navigation and search techniques.

Maureen Hanlon has been doing genealogy research since 2001, joining CGS in 2008. She focuses on Irish research and attended the Ulster Historical Foundation Family History Conference in Belfast in 2015. Maureen administrates the CGS Irish Ancestor network page on Facebook. She is currently serving her second year as a Board member. Maureen is also a Desk Duty volunteer and oversees the CGS in-house education program.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/y8vo2o6x/.


Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Genealogy Garage: Can Maps Aid Your Research?

Los Angeles Public Library’s map librarian Glen Creason will lead a tour of the department’s incredible map collection, revealing specifics of the contents: 85,000 maps, 2,000 atlases, 1,000 gazetteers, and how you can use them in your research.

Location: Los Angeles Public Library
History and Genealogy Dept. Meeting Room LL420
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Genealogy Garage is a co-sponsored monthly event (every 3rd Saturday) put on by the Los Angeles Public Library, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California.

For more information, visit http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar and type "genealogy"


Saturday, August 19, 2017, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
presents a
Free Family History Program
at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

Presenter: Judy Janes
"FINDING FAMILY IN DIGITAL NEWSPAPER COLLECTIONS"

Newspapers offer a broad range of information about our families. They reveal information that may not have been recorded anywhere else. While genealogist’s commonly use them to find marriages and deaths, newspapers also published stories about social happenings, legal matters, travel, advertisements, and important community events that shaped our ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Digital newspaper collections have proliferated in recent years, and are searchable by name, keyword, or date. Come learn how to use this powerful new tool to uncover fascinating stories about your families.

Bio
Judy Janes is a past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, and currently serves on the Executive Board. Judy is a third-generation Californian who has been doing genealogical research for 27 years. She has successfully tracked several of her 17th century immigrant ancestors back to their roots in France, Holland, England, and Germany.

For more information visit: http://venturacogensoc.org/eventListings.php?nm=349


Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Nontraditional Resources for Genealogy Research, presented by Janette Silverman

The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York is often off the radar screen for many genealogists, but the library is home to almost half a million volumes including manuscripts, rare books, and archival material. The archives are a treasure yet to be explored by so many of us and yet are a rich repository of records of Jewish communities, institutions, and prominent individuals in the U.S. and Europe. Included in these archives are transcriptions of notes, memos, and correspondence between the State Department and offices in Vienna, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, and Bucharest from 1863-1906 that concern the legal position and persecution of Jews; and correspondence and notes about the Jewish community in France from the 1700's until after World War II.

Dr. Janette Silverman is a Senior Genealogist Research Manager at AncestyProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. She devotes her "spare" time to being the Ukraine SIG coordinator and a JewishGen moderator. The Seattle 2016 IAJGS Conference found her as the Lead Cochair. Janette began her genealogy path as a "hobby" with her dad. Today, 35 years later, it has developed into a profession and perhaps an obsession, and her dad is still her best research partner. Janette's doctoral dissertation, In Living Memory, discusses the unique attributes of Jewish genealogical research and traces the paths of four branches of her family from Europe to the United States, contextualizing their individual experiences within a larger historical framework.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Monday, August 21, 2017, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Travel and Research in Ukraine, presented by Janette Silverman

Using a trip I took to Ukraine in 2009 to meet my own family as a backdrop, we will discuss resources that are (or are not) available in Ukraine and why, and speak about the resources of Ukraine SIG, talk about current projects, and provide insights for the system(s) in place for discovering your ancestors’ background. As examples, we will look at some of the navigation the Ukraine SIG site and understand the resources and processes of Ukraine SIG to acquire and index data.

Dr. Janette Silverman is a Senior Genealogist Research Manager at AncestyProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. She devotes her "spare" time to being the Ukraine SIG coordinator and a JewishGen moderator. The Seattle 2016 IAJGS Conference found her as the Lead Cochair. Janette began her genealogy path as a "hobby" with her dad. Today, 35 years later, it has developed into a profession and perhaps an obsession, and her dad is still her best research partner. Janette's doctoral dissertation, In Living Memory, discusses the unique attributes of Jewish genealogical research and traces the paths of four branches of her family from Europe to the United States, contextualizing their individual experiences within a larger historical framework.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Getting the Most from FamilySearch, presented by Lisa Gorrell

Enjoy our extended library hours and hear from expert Lisa Gorrell about the many ways you can access the treasures at FamilySearch. Lisa will provide live examples of best ways to find your way around this ever-growing, free, classic genealogy resource. Bring your laptops to try your own searches with newly-learned techniques and tips.

Lisa Hork Gorrell has been doing genealogy research for over 20 years. Her specialties include specific southern, western, and mid-western states as well as 18th & 19th century German and Swedish research. She served as Recording Secretary for California Genealogical Society & Library, and past President for Contra Costa County Genealogical Society. Lisa volunteers at Contra Costa County Historical Society History Center in Martinez. Lisa recently celebrated the sixth anniversary of her genealogy blog, My Trails Into the Past.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/ycsm34ag/.


Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Monthly Meeting: Continued indexing project of San Mateo County records. RSVP to gro.sgcms|snoitacilbup#gro.sgcms|snoitacilbup

Organizer: Cath Trindle

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/content/monthly-programs


Thursday, August 31, 2017, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Free Websites for Genealogy, presented by Jane Lindsey

Enjoy our extended hours AND learn about the many FREE sites ​available for your genealogical research with Jane Lindsey. Jane will share where you can find great information for your family history without a subscription or fees. Prepare for a casual and informative session. You're welcome to bring your laptops and a meal to have before the session.

Jane Knowles Lindsey, former President of the California Genealogical Society, has been researching her family history since 1982. Jane’s specialties are US Research, Quebec and Nova Scotia, and foreign research including German and Italian. She also does client work as well as assisting with DAR and Mayflower lineage papers. Jane volunteers at CGS on the desk and is currently working on the Capital Campaign for CGS. ​Jane is a past Trustee and Council member for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/y7ug23ra/.


Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
LDS Church
1360 Alberta Way
Concord, CA

Using Finding Aids for Jewish Records to Help Research Non-Jewish Ancestors, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Even if you're not Jewish, you can still find useful information in many Jewish sources, or sources that are primarily focused on Jewish research. This class shows examples of the kind of information available that everyone can use to further their research.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, dual citizenship, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and CSGA. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cacccgs.


Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
presents a
Free Family History Program
at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

Presenter: Susan Morris
"New Discovery of Native Peoples of San Nicolas Island In Nineteenth Century Los Angeles"

The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island has fascinated people for generations and formed the basis for the popular children’s book, Island of the Blue Dolphins. In 1835, the Nicoleños were removed from their island home, except for one woman, who remained on the island for 18 years. In 1853, she sailed to Santa Barbara with George Nidever. Efforts were made to find people who could communicate with her, but she died seven weeks later, unable to fully share her story.

Morris will discuss new research using provincial Mexican papers, Los Angeles documents, American records, and church registers, which identified the Lone Woman’s people in Los Angeles. At least five men, women, and children are confirmed or are likely to have come to Los Angeles from San Nicolas Island in 1835. One Nicoleño, a 5 year-old boy who was given the name Tomas, was alive and living on Spring St. when the Lone Woman was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853.

Bio
Susan Morris is a researcher and writer who has been involved in Channel Islands research since 1987. She has participated in field studies on seven of the eight Channel Islands, working on archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology projects. Morris was the principle investigator of a cave-associated archaeological site survey in Wreck Canyon, Santa Rosa Island. Her recent focus has been historical research on events related to the life of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.

For more information visit: http://venturacogensoc.org/eventListings.php?nm=349


Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Monthly Meeting: Focused Research: Using Research Plans

Speaker: Lisa Gorrell

Do you feel like your research just goes in circles, that you keep finding the same information, or you have brick walls you can't solve? Being focused in your research will bring better results. This can be done by using research plans. I will explain how to create and use a research plan to help keep you on focus in your research and get better results.
Lisa is a Bay Area genealogist, and enjoys giving genealogy presentations and writing about her family on two blogs: “Mam-ma’s Southern Family” http://mam-massouthernfamily.blogspot.com/ and “My Trails into the Past” http://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/.

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/content/monthly-programs


Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Leaving Something of Who You Are, presented by Kimberly Miller

Can you imagine a Ken Burns documentary such as "The Civil War" or "Jazz" without the personal stories that make those times come alive? You may think you aren’t anything special or that no one cares about your life, but you are wrong. You have unique experiences and have lived through times that will soon be history. You need to leave something of who you are and the times you have lived in. Come to this fun, interactive presentation on the whys and hows of writing a personal history.

Kim Miller has degrees in Liberal Arts and Education, plus a Family History Research certificate from BYU Idaho. She is presently on staff at the Oakland FamilySearch Library, where she is one of two people in charge of staff training.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Santa Clara Historical and Genealogical Society
Margie Edinger Room
Santa Clara City Public Library
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95951

Immigration and Naturalization Research, presented by Janice M. Sellers

When researching an immigrant ancestor, finding information here in the U.S. is the necessary first step. This class identifies resources and provides tools and strategies to help you make the leap to the “old country.”

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, dual citizenship, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and CSGA. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://scchgs.org/.


Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

California Genealogical Society & Library
Event held in Berkeley, CA

Judy G. Russell: The Legal Genealogist Seminar

Want to really understand the why’s and how’s of how the law affected your ancestors? Then you’ve got to register today, to hear from the amazing Judy G. Russell!

Come experience what it’s like to learn from an expert in law and genealogy. You’ll marvel at what you gain from her daylong series of classes. Judy’s vast knowledge of genealogy and the law will help you begin to understand what your ancestors’ lives may have actually been like. It’s a virtual goldmine for anyone serious about family history research.

The seminar is being held in the ADA accessible, Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. This beautifully finished theater features natural bamboo walls and plush raised theatrical seating. Key features include a hi-definition digital video and custom designed sound reinforcement by Meyer Sound.

It’s also convenient: In addition to an onsite public parking garage, the Brower Center is one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART and multiple bus lines.

Included with your admission are a wonderful lunch and assorted beverages available throughout the day. Doors open at 9:00.

For more information, presentation topics, and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/ltljwab/.


Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

My Family: I Could Write a Book, presented by Joan Adler

One large branch of the Straus family moved from the Rheinpfalz area of Germany to the northern most parts of Washington State, where their experiences differed greatly from what they had known back in Germany but also from those of their German immigrant counterparts who settled in the eastern United States. This colorful bunch showed its spunk by accepting, even embracing, the rugged and often difficult life of a Jewish immigrant in the American frontier. Using their stories I will show how to flesh out the lives of these people by writing vignettes about them and how to publish these stories in book form or post them on a family Web page with photographs where available. This is one way to truly bring these people to life and to connect with your ancestors with a novel approach.

Joan Adler has been the executive director of the Straus Historical Society for the past 25 years, an organization she created. She considers her overall function to be social historian: placing the lives of the people in the Lazarus Straus family within the historical, political, and social contexts in which they lived. Genealogy provides the facts, but additional research including oral histories, writing, researching in newspapers, books, articles, and other documents provides the "color."

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

My Family: I Could Write a Book, presented by Joan Adler

One large branch of the Straus family moved from the Rheinpfalz area of Germany to the northern most parts of Washington State, where their experiences differed greatly from what they had known back in Germany but also from those of their German immigrant counterparts who settled in the eastern United States. This colorful bunch showed its spunk by accepting, even embracing, the rugged and often difficult life of a Jewish immigrant in the American frontier. Using their stories I will show how to flesh out the lives of these people by writing vignettes about them and how to publish these stories in book form or post them on a family Web page with photographs where available. This is one way to truly bring these people to life and to connect with your ancestors with a novel approach.

Joan Adler has been the executive director of the Straus Historical Society for the past 25 years, an organization she created. She considers her overall function to be social historian: placing the lives of the people in the Lazarus Straus family within the historical, political, and social contexts in which they lived. Genealogy provides the facts, but additional research including oral histories, writing, researching in newspapers, books, articles, and other documents provides the "color."

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SEMINAR
Join us for “VCGS 2017 Annual Seminar"
at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA
TOPICS:
Finding Ancestral Places of Origin
This lecture shares records and research strategies which may help you identify that place. The visuals demonstrate these records, what they contain, and how to use them. Repositories where you may find them are also covered. Finding places of origin for your ancestors can often be a challenging job. Many genealogists fail to search all available records for each ancestor. Don’t isolate your ancestor. Your ancestor’s place of origin may be in the records of another family member or in those of a neighbor. It doesn’t matter whether your mystery place of origin is in the U. S. or another country.

NUCMC & Its Cousins: Keys to Lost Ancestral Records
As our families migrated westward, whether by foot, wagon, or train, the records associated with them may have been left in several places. Many genealogists think that there may be no records for part of the family. However, there may be substantial information buried away in a manuscript collection. There are many finding aids online and off that lead to these nuggets that represent hundreds of years of material. One of the important aids since 1962 is the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) which is a cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress. Almost 2,000 manuscript repositories from all across the U.S. have provided descriptions of manuscripts held in their possession.

Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
Rather research than count sheep? Peruse books at any hour without starting the car or breaking into the library? County, town, and family histories, record abstracts, and more await. Digitized, photocopied, excerpted, abstracted, OCRd, and indexed books provide a strong likelihood of success via your computer and that medium called the Internet. Add newspapers, documents, family trees, pension records, periodicals, and more to the accessible items and you might be housebound for days (months?). During this session we will concentrate on books. Finding books online might be as simple as typing the title in your favorite search engine and enclosing it in quotation marks. Your search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc) is your best friend

Genealogical & Historical Periodicals in Print and Online
There’s a lot more to genealogical periodicals than there used to be! Online indexes. Mass-media newsstand magazines. E-mail newsletters. Online journals. The more traditional society newsletters and journals remain just as important. This session illustrates the kind of treasures in those periodicals, old and new, that you may not find anywhere else. It demonstrates how those periodicals are useful and vital for research, how to access them, and special considerations for using them to benefit your research.

Bio
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA

Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the National Archives. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for SLIG and GRIP and for Ancestry Academy and has presented seminars all across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of FGS, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

For more information, visit http://venturacogensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=329


Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Monthly Meeting: MAPS

Speaker: Melinda Kashuba

Melinda is the author of "Walking With Your Ancestors."

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/content/monthly-programs


Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Presentation for International Jewish Genealogy Month, http://www.iajgs.org/blog/ijgm/

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

The Charytan-Berman Family Story: An Unintended Geneaological Quest, presented by Eshel Haritan

Growing up in Israel I always wondered why I could recite my maternal family history, one of early settlers and pioneers, seven generations back and why I didn’t know anything about my father’s family. My paternal grandparents immigrated to Israel from Poland in 1934 and did not share their story, implicitly telling us that their story was not worth telling. In 2011 I was finally able to convince my father and my uncle to go on a roots trip to Poland, but where would we go? What should we do? These questions started an unintended three-year research quest that led to an unforgettable family trip to Poland. The presentation will describe the research process I went through, peeling the onion, one layer at a time.

Eshel Haritan was born in Israel and has a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1996 he moved with his wife and two sons to Silicon Valley and has been working in electronic companies, including some start-ups. In 2014, after three years of research, he organized a family roots trip to Poland with 20 family members. The research and trip were followed by a family history book and soon by a family history video.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
c/o LDS Church Hall
1105 Valparaiso Ave, Menlo Park

Fall Seminar: Federal Records plus Mapping the West

Speakers: Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA & Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Topics: Capital Treasure: Case studies featuring federal records / Rivers & Canals: Finding federal records / Mapping the West: Lewis & Clark to railroad surveys.

Pam & Rick Sayre are among the best instructors in genealogy. Federal records, including maps and land records, are their specialty. You are invited to join them for an engaging day exploring records from the National Archives to the BLM.

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/programs/seminars


Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library, presented by Judy Baston

Vilna — known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania — had a strong cultural tradition that endured and flourished after the Vilna Ghetto was established in 1941. Many historians believe the most important cultural institution in the Ghetto was the Vilna Ghetto Library, which became the center for Jewish secular cultural life. In the two years in which the Vilna Ghetto Library functioned, it had 6,800 readers. Documentation from the Vilna Ghetto Library includes lists of readers and in the library, and even a list of readers who did not return books. Most of these lists are from the Lithuanian State Central Archive in Vilnius and are also available in the Yad Vashem Archives in Jerusalem. The presentation will offer an overview of the significance of the Vilna Ghetto Library and will detail the various lists that have survived.

Judy Baston, LitvakSIG Vice President and board member of LitvakSIG and JRI-Poland, moderates the discussion groups for LitvakSIG, JRI-Poland, BialyGen, and Lodz and coordinates LitvakSIG’s Lida District Research Group. She has been involved with the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco for 25 years and coordinates its monthly genealogy clinic. Judy received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

African American Genealogical Society of Northern California
Dimond Branch
Oakland Public Library
3565 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Freedmen's Bureau 2.0: A Better Way to Do Slave Research, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Freedmen's Bureau records are overlooked by far too many researchers. The records have not been the easiest to work with, but now that they are online and indexed, they can yield a wealth of information much more easily. These documents can include marriage dates, children’s birth dates, school records, work contracts, and, most importantly, the name of an applicant's most recent owner. Learn why these records can be key to finding out more about your family.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in black, Jewish, dual citizenship, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and CSGA. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.aagsnc.org/.


Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Monthly Meeting: Work day. Indexing San Mateo County records

Organizer: Cath Trindle

Finishing up obituary indexing.

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/content/monthly-programs


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