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Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Presented by California Genealogical Society & Oakland Asian Cultural Center
This course will be held at:
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street Suite 290
Oakland California

Chinese Ancestry Day, Presented by California Genealogical Society & Oakland Asian Cultural Center
This event will cover basic steps to build your Chinese family tree.
Talks will be presented by:
Felicia Lowe, Keynote including excerpts from her film Chinese Couplets
Grant Din, The Importance of Family Stories
Marisa Louie Lee, Chinese Exclusion Act Records at the National Archives
John Wong (Friends of Roots), A Pilgrimage to Your Ancestral Village.

Lunch from Peony Restaurant is included in the registration.
For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/yb83gb9t


Thursday, May 31, 2018 through Saturday, June 2, 2018 Genealogy Jamboree

Presented by the Southern California Genealogical Society
Burbank Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Burbank, California

Genetic Genealogy 2018: Link Through DNA (Thursday)
Family History Writers Conference: Love Your Family Legends (Thursday)
JamboFree 2018 (Thursday)
Jamboree 2018: Unlock Your Heritage (Friday and Saturday)

SCGS' 2018 JAMBOREE is a weekend of fun-filled, action-packed genealogy and DNA for any beginner to the academic level.  There are presentations and workshops for the hobbyist to the professional, and a large exhibit hall.  There’s something for everyone with each field’s top experts to help you move to the next level in your search and education!  Come have fun with us!
Early Bird discount ends April 12. Pre-registration ends May 12.  Walk-ins always welcome!

More information at: http://genealogyjamboree.com


Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

San Francisco Public Library
Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Ctr.
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Finding Your Asian American Roots

Grant Din, a certified genealogist with over thirty years of experience researching family histories, especially for those with roots in Asia, will recount immigration stories of people from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and India, and how these family histories were discovered. Learn how to use the resources of the library to embark on your own searches, and find out about local sites like the National Archives in San Bruno which houses tens of thousands of case files. The workshop will take place in the library's 5th Floor Computer Training Center, so you will have a chance to explore during and after the workshop. To see in advance some of Grant's research, visit www.tonaidin.net.

More info: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1030383601

All events at the San Francisco Public Library are free and open to the public.


Sunday, June 10, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

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

Jewish Genetic Diseases, by Neil Risch

Dr. Risch will explain what we know about the origins of Ashkenazim and Sephardim from genetic data, and then why Ashkenazi Jews are the ones with a lot of genetic diseases.

Neil Risch, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute for Human Genetics and holds the Lamond Family Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Human Genetics at the University of California at San Francisco. He is also a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. He is a human geneticist known for his work on numerous genetic diseases.

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

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


Saturday, June 16, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM

Los Angeles Public Library
(in the History & Genealogy Dept Reading Room LL420)
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Genealogy Garage: Memoir Writing

Too young to write a memoir? Think you have no talent for writing? Think again…and join Donie Nelson for a dynamic workshop in which you learn how to write your own history!

Bring paper, pencil/pen, laptop or other method of putting your story OUT THERE!

Afterwards, from 2-4, we have one-on-one Hispanic genealogy research help available. Join us for Hispanic Saturdays in the History & Genealogy Department reading room.

More info here: www.lapl.org

Genealogy Garage is co-sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-SoCal Chapter. It takes place the third Saturday of each month (except for December) at the Los Angeles Public Library.


Saturday, June 16, 2018, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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

1:00 P.M. SHIPS OF OUR ANCESTORS During the active years of Ellis Island, 83,000 ship arrivals were recorded. Between 1880 and 1914, about two million Jewish immigrants arrived from Europe, with most passing through Ellis Island. Until the age of flight, immigrants arrived by sea, first on sailing ships and after the middle of the 19th Century, on steamships. This presentation focuses on the ships on which our ancestors traveled, discussing the shift from sail to steam and the governmental regulations which made ship travel safer and more civilized. It will address the experience of our ancestors in getting to the port of embarkation, being processed for passage, life aboard the vessel, on Ellis Island, and in getting to their final destination. It will also address various myths related to our ancestors’ emigration travels.

Hal Bookbinder writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, locating relatives, and Jewish culture and history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into modern Moldova, Poland, Belarus, and Russia. He has served as president of the IAJGS, and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Professionally, he is an IT Director in healthcare a part-time university instructor, and director of a transition to work training program for recovering addicts.

2:30 P.M. MINING THE TREASURES OF THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY WEBSITE, presented by Jim Knapp Jim will guide us through the many hidden treasures available on the VCGS website. Attend this workshop to learn about some of our website capabilities that you may not currently be utilizing.

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA username and password, along with your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet, or other portable devices to facilitate your research.

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


Monday, June 18, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

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

From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask, by Steve Morse

To understand the genealogical aspects of DNA requires an understanding of some of the basic concepts. This talk introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA, and goes on to show how DNA is inherited. That knowledge of inheritance can be used for finding relatives you didn't know you had, learning about your very distant ancestors and the routes they traveled, and determining if you are a Jewish high priest (Kohan). Examples presented include Genghis Khan's legacy, the Thomas Jefferson affair, and the Anastasia mystery.

Steve Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, and written four textbooks, and holds four patents.

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

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


Saturday, June 23, 2018, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Genealogy with Stewart Blandón

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer folk have always been a part of our history and family stories. The confirmed bachelor or spinster aunt in our trees may not have been single. Perhaps they did have partners but there is no legal documentation or family acknowledgement. This class will explore census, newspapers, obituaries, military records, photographs, phone books and archives for clues on our ancestor’s sexuality. We will also explore LGBTQ History and many individual stories giving context to the available records. Discovering our LGBTQ ancestor’s stories will enrich our entire family history.
Genealogy has been an obsession for Stewart Blandón Traiman for 30 years. He began by interviewing parents, grandparents and other relations about his roots in Nicaragua. When he married Leland Traiman 28 years ago, he took on the new adventure researching Ukrainian and Polish Jews. Stewart has researched his children's origins back to the colonial United States.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early.
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one-year CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

For more information and to register, please visit https://goo.gl/jcpJku


Saturday June 23, 2108, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Meeting Location:
Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de la Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94403

Ireland Online

Presenter: Cath Madden Trindle. Ireland Online is an exploration of the many Irish research resources available on both free and paid sites on the Internet and will appeal to everyone doing Irish Genealogy. The celebration of the Centennial of the Easter Uprising of 1916 caused a tremendous surge in the availability of online resources, including some unusual and unique records. Many provide clues about even our poorest Irish ancestors in the Nineteenth Century.

For more information about this FREE event, please visit: http://www.smcgs.org


SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018, 11:30AM – 2:00PM

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612
Reliving Their Lives: Experiencing, Researching, and Writing World War I to the Jazz Age with Gena Philibert-Ortega

How do you make those names, date, and places you have for your ancestor come alive? Combining social history with family history helps you to better understand your ancestor and ensures a family history story that even non-genealogists will love.

The popular and well-known genealogist and cook book editor, Gena Philibert-Ortega presents a workshop where we will travel back in time to learn more about life from the World War I years to the end of the Jazz Age. Using food, music, literature, ephemera, and images you will learn about this important time period, experience it, and complete the beginnings of a family history you'll love.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/ybah7g7v

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

Bring Your Own Brick Wall

Bring your problems, questions, and documents (copies, please, no originals), and a panel of experienced SFBAJGS researchers will brainstorm to provide information and suggestions that will show 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/.


Saturday, July 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

GSNOCC 2018 Family History Seminar
Speaker: Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA

Genealogical Society of North Orange County California presents a one day seminar. Topics include continuing genealogy education, online state-provided resources, evidence evaluation and discrepancy resolution, and online cemetery research.

Registration is now open.
For more information call 714-420-9844 or go to http://www.gsnocc.org/2018_seminar.html.


Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10:30AM – 12:30PM

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

Mind Mapping Workshop Ron Arons

This lab will introduce participants to mind maps, graphical outlining tools normally used in Corporate America for brainstorming and product idea generation, but also by attorneys to explain their cases to their clients and to juries, and in education with students.
Mind maps can also be used by genealogists to organize data and perform complex and revealing data correlations to understand research findings more clearly. Mind maps are particularly useful for people who think visually and/or non-linearly. The lab will also briefly introduce “concept maps” which are very similar to, yet different from mind maps. The lab will use two programs that can be downloaded from the Internet for FREE to work on either a Windows PC or Mac.
Participants must be comfortable with technology – this is not suitable for technically-challenged individuals.

Ron's "Mind Maps for Genealogy" book will be available for sale.

Ron has presented numerous times at RootsTech, SCGS Jamboree, the APG Professional Management Conference, IAJGS (14X), WhoDoYouThinkYouAre? LIVE! (England), and LegacyFamilyTree webinars. He has published three books including The Jews of Sing Sing and Mind Maps for Genealogy. Ron studied engineering at Princeton University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early.
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one-year CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
*Seminar fee is non-refundable.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/y9zplfgr


Sunday, August 26, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

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

My Attic, Your Story: An Immigrant's Journey, by Roslyn Sholin

My attic is a placeholder for all our stories. You will see things that might have been in your own family's attic. Through struggles and achievement, assimilation and acculturation emerge. An extraordinary journey is relived through ordinary items. Every immigrant's tale is unique, yet they are all the same. From family to family, generation to generation, and century to century we have all traveled this path. Explore your past and thank your ancestors for making your life possible.

Roslyn Sholin is a creative director. Using a multidisciplinary approach, she has become a storyteller who can transform decades of materials into educationally rich content. T he Yiddish Book Center videotaped her for its oral history project.

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

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


Monday, August 27, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

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

From Cottage to Estate in One Generation: A San Francisco Family, by David Fleishhacker

David Fleishhacker will describe how a Jewish immigrant (his ancestor) from Bavaria came to the U.S. in 1840 and prospered in the gold country, then in Virginia City, then by trading mining shares in San Francisco, and finally by founding a paper box company so that his sons could learn about business, which they did, becoming major investors and bankers. Like Sutro and Levi Strauss (although much less known), the family was able to prosper in the West and become important figures in California, especially in San Francisco. The San Francisco Zoo, the Hetch Hetchy water system, and Coit Tower all owe their existence partly to Aaron Fleishhacker and his sons, whose descendants still live here. As one of them, David will outline the research that revealed the triumphs and disasters of the family over the past 120 years.

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

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


Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

A Family Web Site: Doing It My Way, by Barbara Toby Stack

This will not be a do-it-yourself guide to making your own Web site but testimony to the insights I garnered by tackling it myself. There is a great deal of freedom and satisfaction to be gained from doing battle with technology and sharing your research in the best ways you can imagine. My imagination is made up, in part, of HTML, and I believe it to be an ideal medium to tell the many stories that genealogical exploration turns up. At the same time, my skills are pretty basic, and my challenge is how to present my research to the widest possible audience with the simplest of tools.

Barbara Stack has been researching her family roots in Poland and Ukraine since the late 1980's, when she saw an enormous handwritten family tree made by her mother’s cousin and bought her first computer. Many busy years passed. In late 2009, a mutual friend introduced Barbara to Jeremy Frankel, who pointed her to the LDS FamilySearch Library in Oakland and to the SFBAJGS. A Web site soon became necessary to organize and share the mounting piles of research. In her professional life Barbara has been a systems analyst, a fiddler, a youth orchestra ED, and most recently an archivist, editor, and writing coach.

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

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


Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

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

Home Grown Preservation: Tips for Preserving Your Historical Documents, by Susan Goldstein

In this presentation, we'll explore some of the ways to prolong the life of your historical documents. We'll touch on archival housing and supplies, as well as temperature, humidity control, and storage. We'll also have a quick overview of useful resources for genealogical research at the San Francisco Public Library, from books to databases.

Susan Goldstein has served as the City Archivist of San Francisco for 22 years, documenting the city’s history in the San Francisco History Center, on the 6th floor of the San Francisco Public Library. The History Center is responsible for collecting and preserving the archives of the City and County of San Francisco, including mayoral and departmental historical materials, as well as maintaining a local history collection, extensive photograph collection, and public reading room. Previously, Goldstein worked as the archivist to Senator Alan Cranston for three years, serving on his staff in California and Washington, D.C. She also worked at the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, collecting labor union history.

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

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


Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

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

Caring for Your Documents and Photos: Better Now than Never, by Karen Zukor

This presentation will show how to take care of important papers and what to avoid. Conservation is based on the study of what makes artifacts of all kinds age and deteriorate. Paper conservation relies on understanding paper chemistry and the media used to produce art and artifacts. By understanding the physical and chemical attributes of a wide range of papers, conservators can repair damaged items and extend the lives of those artifacts for future generations.

Karen Zukor has been a paper conservator in private practice for 38 years. Her work encompasses a full range of paper, from the 15th century to contemporary pieces. She has been responsible for many collections, including fine art, archival material, maps, historic currency, and rare books, in both private hands and institutions. Her studio is involved in both conservation and preservation; she and her staff not only repair damaged items but provide information on extending the life of an object. Karen has also trained conservation interns for more than twenty years. Zukor Art Conservation is in Oakland, California.

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

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


Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

Using Cluster Research to Understand Your Ancestors: When a Tree Isn't Enough, by Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Everyone has brick walls in their genealogy research: people who appear to have been dropped out of the sky; women whose maiden names seem unknowable. Cluster research will give you new avenues to break down those brick walls by researching their family members, their neighbors, and anyone and everyone they were associated with. Explore methods that will help you uncover new information about your family.

Anne Gillespie Mitchell has been chasing her ancestors up and down the Great Wagon road through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for many years. She currently works for Ancestry on a variety of products including search, Ancestry Library Edition, AncestryK12, and now RootsWeb. She has completed the Boston University Online Genealogy Certificate course as well as multiple sessions at SLIG and IGHR. She has also taught genealogy courses at many national conferences, including NGS, FGS, and RootsTech and at SLIG. Before Ancestry she worked in the Internet industry in software development and has been a product manager for several companies. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also taught computer science for eight years.

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

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



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