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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, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Public Library: Central Library
History and Genealogy Department
Meeting Room LL420 (at the bottom of the escalators)
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Genealogy Garage: Find Your Ancestor in U.S. Military Records

Workshop leader Barbara Randall reveals that every military action includes a multitude of records from the earliest colonies to today. Records document service, family and other life events. More and more records are becoming available and easier to find.

Genealogy Garage is co-sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California. It occurs the third Saturday of every month, except for December.

For more information about what LAPL has happening regarding genealogy, go to calendar.lapl.org and type "genealogy" as a keyword!


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, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Los Angeles Public Library: John C. Fremont Branch
6121 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-962-3521

Finding Your Ancestors Using the Los Angeles Public Library
Have you ever wondered where you come from? Researching your family tree is now easier than ever. LAPL Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman will show you what tools and resources the Los Angeles Public Library has that could help you—we'll navigate through databases and talk about books and journals that could help you discover your roots!

For more information, go to calendar.lapl.org and type "genealogy" as a keyword!


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: Using Maps in Genealogical Research

Speaker: Melinda Kashuba

This lecture is an introduction to the wide variety of maps and the ways they are used by genealogists with an interactive exercise of how to read and interpret one type of urban mapping: Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.

Melinda Kashuba holds a PhD in Geography from UCLA and is the author of Walking with Your Ancestors: a Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography

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, CGL, 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.

Pamela Sayre & 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: Roundtable discussions

Topics TBA.

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


Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Using Online Historical Black Newspapers for Genealogical Research, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Historical newspapers often provide key information needed to break through brick walls. Many historical black and abolitionist newspapers are available online, with more being added. Most are on subscription sites, while some are free. This class provides an overview of the historical roles of black newspapers, how they can be a substitute for missing vital records, what is online and where to find it, and strategies for access and searches.

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://saclibrary.org/.


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