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Non-members/Visitors are welcome to attend programs for a $5.00 fee. If a guest joins the Society the fee will be applied toward the membership dues. Programs generally start at 1:30 PM - see exact time for each meeting, below. Doors open a half-hour earlier. Meetings start with JGSGW business, introductions of new members, and then the guest speaker.

Workshops are open to JGSGW members only. Non-members may join on the day of the workshop unless advance registration is required.


Meeting Calendar for 2014-2015

 
2014:

 

Oct. 19: Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum, DC
Nov. 16: B’nai Israel, Rockville
date change
Dec. 7: Har Shalom, Potomac
2015: Jan. 25: B’nai Israel, Rockville
Feb. 8: Olam Tikvah, Potomac
Mar. 8: B’nai Israel, Rockville
Apr. 19: Beth El, Alexandria
May 17: Beth Ami, Potomac
June 7:
Potomac Community Center
 

 Inclement weather policy: if the synagogue
 (or other venue) is closed, our meeting will not be held.

 

October Sunday, October 19, 2014 
Program:  
Genealogy Resources in the Library of Congress
Location:  
Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 3rd Street, Washington, D.C.
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speakers: Dr. Habte Teclemariam (bio), Susan Garfinkel (bio), Anne Toohey (bio)
Discover world class genealogy resources in your own backyard! This program features two presentations from representatives of the Library of Congress, one from the Map Division and one from the Genealogy & Local History section. Each speaker will highlight many resources of interest to genealogists and how the Library’s unique collections can further family history research.
Presentation One: Genealogic and Historical Research Using Sanborn Maps
Speaker: Dr. Habte Teclemariam, Library of Congress

Sanborn Maps provide a unique close-up view of the American communities our ancestors knew. Published from 1867 to 2007 to assess fire and flood insurance risks, the maps show not only property numbers and building outlines, but wells, pipelines, dumps and railroads. These details can provide valuable historical information and confirm data provided in vital records and newspaper accounts. The Map Division of the Library of Congress has a complete collection of Sanborn Maps, covering approximately 12,000 towns and cities throughout the United States.
 

Presentation Two: Finding Jewish Ancestors and their Stories
Susan Garfinkel and Anne Toohey, Library of Congress

Many ancestors—immigrants, women, minorities, and others—do not have compiled biographies. While their presence is duly noted in public records such as the census, the richness of their lives can seem lost to history. Yet, when the dry “facts” of records are placed in context with a broad variety of social and cultural artifacts, a fuller story soon emerges. Available sources of evidence run the gamut from newspapers, travelogues, letters, diaries, printed texts and ephemera; to photographs, moving images, sound recordings, and maps; to three-dimensional objects. Anne Toohey of the Local History and Genealogy Section and Susan Garfinkel of the Digital Reference Section will discuss resources and strategies for reconstructing the lift stories of our ancestors using materials available on site at the Library of Congress and digitized on its website, with special attention to the historical context that enriches Jewish genealogical research.


November Sunday, November 16, 2014 
Workshop: Beginner's Workshop
Time: 10:00 AM
  Details and registration TBA. This is a members-only workshop.
Program:   Two Programs:
  1. The Name Remains the Same: Adventures in Finding Sid Caesar’s Grandmother
  2. Researching the Man With Many Names
Location:  
Time:  
12:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program (note start time)
  Speakers: Robin Meltzer (bio), Marlene Bishow (bio)
Robin: When Sid Caesar, the architect of television’s Golden Age, passed away in February 2014, hundreds of press reports repeated the myth that the family name had been “changed at Ellis Island” on their arrival from Austria. Of course, no one’s name was changed at Ellis Island (or Castle Garden). But careful research proved that the family’s surname remained unchanged from the time they lived in Galicia through their immigration to the United States. This presentation will explain the search techniques used to find the embarkation list and passenger manifest for Sid Caesar’s grandmother and great-uncle, and how attendees can apply these methodologies to their own research.

 

 


Marlene: For 42 years, Grandpa Jack was an important part of my life. While I loved and admired the man, it was not until more than a dozen years after his death that I uncovered more of his story. Using skills that I learned as a genealogist, I developed a fuller and richer understanding of this man of many names, whose life had a profound influence on me. In this presentation, I will tell his story with emphasis on the sources and resources that I used.

December Sunday, December 7, 2014
Program:  
Sharing your family stories with the next generation – Tips from a Jewish Storyteller
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Robert Rovinsky (bio)
The work of gathering and assembling family histories is not complete until the material is passed along to the next generation. In this talk, Storyteller Bob Rovinsky will share some of his work in transforming family narrative into compelling stories. When can we elaborate, leave out, or stick to the facts? How can we make the past meaningful to the present generation of listeners? Bob will illustrate his talk with stories from his and others families.

January Sunday, January 25, 2015
Program:  
TBD
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: TBD
   

February Sunday, February 8, 2015
Program:  
Canadian Jewish Genealogy
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Bruce J. Brown
   

March Sunday, March 8, 2015
Program:  
Spanish Ancestry
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Genie Milgrom
   

 


                          
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