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Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.

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

When and How to Join a Lineage Society, presented by Laura Manion

Do you have Revolutionary War, Mayflower, or early California ancestors in your family tree? Wondered about the process of joining one of the many lineage societies to honor them and how they could help your research? We're assembling a panel of representatives including the Sons and the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, the Society of California Pioneers, the Jamestowne Society, and more, who will explain the whys and hows of lineage society membership. Stay for our afternoon session and get one-on-one help with application questions (separate registration).

Laura Manion is a CGS member and National Board Certified Teacher who teaches in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor’s degree in the Great Books of Western Civilization from St. John’s College, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi, and Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She is a member of ProGen 29.

Limited to 25. For more information and to register, please go to http://tinyurl.com/j9elbcy/


Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

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

Spring Seminar: Not Your Usual Records

Speaker: Amy Johnson Crow, CG

Step off the beaten path with Amy and discover unexpected resources. Topics are:
• Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
• After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Vets
• Finding Ancestors Before 1850
• Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.smcgs.org


Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

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

Monthly Meeting: Sharing Stories, Story readings and Potluck lunch

Speakers: Selected family history stories will be read by their authors

The culmination of our writing event, family history and/or San Mateo County stories will be read by their authors. There will be drawings for prizes for all stories submitted, an extra drawing for those stories taking place in San Mateo County, and a small gift for all entries. We will round out the meeting with story readings and sharing a pot luck meal together.

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/content/sharing-stories


Saturday, May 20, 11 - 12:30 pm.

Los Angeles Public Library,
630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
in the Taper Auditorium on the Main Floor

Genealogy Garage: Forensic Genealogy. Today, forensics are more popular than ever thanks to television shows like CSI and Forensic Files. Solving mysteries by analyzing evidence, investigating DNA connections, and uncovering secrets that no one wanted discovered…sounds a lot like genealogy!

Come meet Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, a real-life Forensic Genealogist who has worked dozens of cold cases nationwide, was involved in the identification of the “unknown child on the Titanic,” and is currently involved with the Abraham Lincoln DNA project. Colleen will speak to us about some of the cases she has worked (and even solved!) by using an innovative blend of forensic and genealogical tools that were unavailable in the past.

Learn why forensic genealogy is one of the most interesting new aspects of solving the mysteries of how we’re connected—after all, John or Jane Doe in a forensic case has to be someone’s long-lost relative, right? It’s up to the forensic genealogist to connect the dots!

Open to the public and FREE.


Saturday, May 20, 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: Linda Serna
“Road Block: Where Do I Go From Here?”

What happens when we hit a road block or brick wall in our research, how to look at the challenge, ideas before you begin to attack the problem, including determining what you need to find and looking for overlooked clues. It then presents several ideas and other sources that may not have been thought of to research, interspersing the sources with specific examples, showing how one can get back on track again.

Linda Serno's BIO
I have been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. Just recently, I was honored to work on the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Currently, I am a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), the Polish Genealogical Society (PGS-CA), and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA-CA) as well as being Vice President of Programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS).

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


Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

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

Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical Research, presented by Brooke Schreier Ganz

Tired of being told by state archives or libraries that the records you want are inaccessible? Reclaim the Records is a not-for-profit group filing Freedom of Information requests to get these “off limits” genealogy records released back to the public and put online for free. Learn how we successfully challenged the NYC Municipal Archives in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and our upcoming plans.

Brooke Schreier Ganz is a genealogist, computer programmer, and open-data activist. She works on making archival records more accessible to the general public through technological solutions and legal remedies. She is a former Vice President of Gesher Galicia, and designed and built the Gesher Galicia Web site, including its innovative and free All Galicia Database. Brooke won second place in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge for the underlying search engine codebase, named LeafSeek.

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

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


Saturday, May 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Polish Genealogical Society of California

Meeting at
LDS Family History Center
10741 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Meeting is free and all are welcome to attend.

FamilySearch Tree: Some New Features And A Few Old Ones by Gregg Legutki

FamilySearch Tree has made some major changes during the last few months. From the opening page to using the search page to determine if your microfilm has been indexed, FamilySearch Tree is constantly adding features to make research easier and more intuitive for both the beginning researcher and the seasoned researcher. We’ll cover a number of features that will get you where you want to go faster so you can spend optimal time with your research.

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


Saturday, June 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Moose Lodge
623 Taylor Street
Fairfield, CA

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: What's Buried in Cemetery Records, presented by Janice M. Sellers

This class focuses on identifying the cemeteries in which your family members are buried and then on how to obtain and use their records to further your 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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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/~cascgsi/.


Monday, June 5, 2017, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Corona Genealogical Society
Corona Public Library
650 South Main Street
Corona CA 92882

Irish Research Online, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Once upon a time, searching for Irish ancestors required learning the townland of origin, or at least the county, before you could cross the pond. While that is still helpful, it is often now possible to find a family without that information by using the wealth of records that have gone online in the last couple of years. This talk will discuss some of the many resources available online for Irish research and will also touch on similar resources that could be available for other countries.

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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

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

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


Monday, June 19, 2017, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

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

The Power of Digital Photography for Family History, presented by Ron Madson

After beginning his journey of researching his genealogy about 11 years ago, Ron realized that his 20+ years of photography experience could help with his family history research. He will share his tips so you can use a digital camera, smartphone, and other smart technology to help with your research. This class is for the novice to the experienced camera user. We’ll discuss the benefits of storing items in a digital format and getting started. This class will encompass the entire process, including:
• capturing images
• transferring them to a computer
• editing them with image editing applications
• labeling them
• and then filing them

Ron Madson's 45 years of data and image-processing experience helped him develop methods for image editing, labeling, and digital organization that greatly assisted all aspects of his family history research. With a BS and MS in math, he served seven years as the educational coordinator for the largest international IBM computer users group and ten years as the technical education coordinator for an international insurance company.

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

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


Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Irish Research Online, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Once upon a time, searching for Irish ancestors required learning the townland of origin, or at least the county, before you could cross the pond. While that is still helpful, it is often now possible to find a family without that information by using the wealth of records that have gone online in the last couple of years. This talk will discuss some of the many resources available online for Irish 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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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/.


Saturday, June 24, 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: The Berryessa Family: A California Legacy

Speaker: Anthony Ray

Anthony will present a brief history of the Berryessa family beginning with the de Anza expedition and ending in the early twentieth century. He will review Berryessa military involvement, ranchos, their religious and social involvements, the murder of Berryessa family members in the 1850s, and how the family settled into American culture by the late nineteenth century. Anthony will discuss the records that he has researched which include manuscript collections, church records, newspapers, vital records and more, and how he incorporated them into his history of the Berryessas.
Anthony is an avid genealogist who specializes in church records, California, Mexican, and Southwest research and has been a member of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, The Contra Costa Historical Society, and the Solano County Genealogical Society.

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


Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Entrance on 22nd Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape, presented by Ron Arons

This presentation has several goals: 1) to show the novice genealogist the wide range of records that can be found regarding any individual, 2) how to assemble these documents/pieces into a logical puzzle which, in certain cases, can truly bring an ancestor back to life, and 3) how to deal with wide discrepancies in data. Focusing on one individual is a very different approach to genealogy. In doing so, you get to know your relative in a very intimate manner. In my case, by understanding the life of my great-grandfather (criminal, chameleon, and comedian), I learned the meaning of various events that occurred in my childhood. (My great-grandfather died years before I was born.) I jokingly and very seriously call this "extended psychotherapy" - very powerful stuff. The talk will showcase many new materials never shown to audiences in the past.

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.

For more information and to register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/zrv5tva/.


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/.


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: TBA

Join us for cake! and a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the San Mateo County Genealogical Society.

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


Saturday, August 12, 2017, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

So You Found Them in the Census: That's Only the Start!, presented by Janice M. Sellers

When you find someone in the census, you probably write down some (or maybe all?) of the information from the page, but have you thought of how that information can be clues to lead you further in your research? In this class we'll follow some of the many directions the census can take you.

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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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/.


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/.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

East Bay Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Open Q and A and Facilitated Research, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Bring your brick walls and your tough questions! This will be a session of research guidance and open Q and A. Janice will try to field all questions and help everyone in some way.

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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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/~caebaygs/.


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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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


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/.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Following a Family through 150 Years of Newspaper Articles, presented by Janice M. Sellers

It is difficult to match newspapers for providing rich background information on a family. This talk follows the history of an extended family for more than 100 years through newspaper articles from multiple cities, including births, deaths, lost children, business accomplishments, politics, and more.

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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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/.


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

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SEMINAR
Join us for “Family History Harvest”
(Learn to Dig Those Roots and Shake Your Family Tree)

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


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/.


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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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/.


Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Einstein Residence Center
1935 Wright Street
Sacramento, CA

Bubbie, Who Are You?: Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Female relatives can be difficult to trace, but they can be found. This class introduces resources for tracing the women in your family, including oral histories, immigration, religious records, journals, newspapers, legal and court records, archives, and manuscripts.

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, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. 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.jewishgen.org/jgs-sacramento/.


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