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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Meeting of Interest to Jewish Genealogists

Time and Place:
7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma St.
Palo Alto, CA
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Topic:
Lessons on Researching Jewish DNA
Speaker:
Israel Pickholtz

Need help understanding and interpreting your DNA test results? DNA results are especially complicated for Jews, who have largely "married within the tribe" for hundreds of years—a practice known as endogamy. This phenomenon, with variations, occurs in other populations including early American colonial. In this presentation, Israel Pickholtz will tackle this challenge head on. Since every family is different, rather than taking a "how-to" approach, he will demonstrate how he dealt with endogamy in his family and identify general lessons that apply to all DNA research. His goal is to inspire listeners and readers to say, "I can do this!"

Israel Pickholtz is a native of Pittsburgh who has been living in Israel since 1973. He has been working on his families' genealogies since 1994 and has been accepting clients since 2008. His flagship work is the single-surname Pikholz Project which aims to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants. Pickholtz is a member of the Israel Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Guild of One-Name Studies. He has lectured at IAJGS conferences and has written for the APG Quarterly, the IGS quarterly Sharsheret Hadorot, Avotaynu, The Galitzianer, and other genealogy publications. His book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, was published in July 2015. This talk is sponsored by the SFBAJGS.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Meeting of Interest to Jewish Genealogists

Time and Place:
7 to 9pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
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Topic:
Lessons on Researching Jewish DNA
Speaker:
Israel Pickholtz

Need help understanding and interpreting your DNA test results? DNA results are especially complicated for Jews, who have largely "married within the tribe" for hundreds of years—a practice known as endogamy. This phenomenon, with variations, occurs in other populations including early American colonial. In this presentation, Israel Pickholtz will tackle this challenge head on. Since every family is different, rather than taking a "how-to" approach, he will demonstrate how he dealt with endogamy in his family and identify general lessons that apply to all DNA research. His goal is to inspire listeners and readers to say, "I can do this!"

Israel Pickholtz is a native of Pittsburgh who has been living in Israel since 1973. He has been working on his families' genealogies since 1994 and has been accepting clients since 2008. His flagship work is the single-surname Pikholz Project which aims to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants. Pickholtz is a member of the Israel Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Guild of One-Name Studies. He has lectured at IAJGS conferences and has written for the APG Quarterly, the IGS quarterly Sharsheret Hadorot, Avotaynu, The Galitzianer, and other genealogy publications. His book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, was published in July 2015. This talk is sponsored by the SFBAJGS.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
7 to 9pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road, Room 5/6
Los Altos Hills , CA
Map
 
Topic:
The Charyton-Berman Family Story – an “Unintentional” Genealogical Quest
Speaker:
Eshel Haritan

Growing up in Israel Eshel Haritan always wondered why he could recite his maternal family history, a history of early settlers and pioneers, seven generations back but didn't know anything about his father’s family. His paternal grandparents immigrated to Israel from Poland in 1934 and did not share their story, implying that their story was not worth telling. In 2011 he was able to convince his father and uncle to go on a root searching trip to Poland, but they didn't know where to go or what to do. These questions started an ‘unintentional’ three-year quest that led to an unforgettable family trip Poland. This presentation will describe the quite fascinating research process he went through, peeling the onion one layer at a time.

Eshel Haritan was born in Israel 56 years ago and has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1996 he moved with his wife and two boys to Silicon Valley, where he has been working in a few electronic companies. In 2014, after three years of research, Eshel organized a family roots searching trip to Poland with 20 family members. The research and the trip have been made into a family history book, soon to be followed by a family history video.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
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Topic:
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman
Speaker:
Steve Morse

This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

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.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical Research
Speaker:
Brooke Schreier Ganz

Tired of being told by state archives or libraries that the records you want are inaccessible? Reclaim the Records is a new 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 this group successfully challenged the NYC Municipal Archives in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and their plans for 2016.

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 website, including its innovative and free All Galicia Database. Brooke won second place in the 2012 Roots Tech Developer Challenge for the underlying search engine codebase, named LeafSeek.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
 
Topic:
The Ins and Outs of IGRA's Database Collection
Speaker:
Garri Regev

Locating vital records in Israel is a challenge. IGRA is at the forefront of digitization and indexing of records in Israel. Close to 700,000 records are currently available on the IGRA site and cover three major periods of time:  the Ottoman, British, and State of Israel. We'll explore the databases, look at what kinds of records are available and what is not available, and what to expect in the future.

Garri Regev has lived in Israel since 1978 and was an elementary teacher for more than 20 years there. She has been doing genealogical research for over 20 years. Garri currently volunteers at the Israel Museum, Central Zionist Archives, and National Library of Israel Genealogy Center. She was President of the Israel Genealogical Society and is currently the President of the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). Garri serves on the IAJGS Board of Directors.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
7 to 9pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road, Room 5/6
Los Altos Hills , CA
Map
 
Topic:
Social Media for Genealogists
Speaker:
Meredith Sellers

Social media are valuable tools for connecting and communicating with relatives, potential cousins, and fellow genealogists. Navigating various social media platforms and understanding their privacy controls can be daunting, however. As a member of the Web-savvy “Millennial Generation”, Meredith will provide case studies illustrating how social media can complement your current research endeavors. She will also address the pros and cons of different social media platforms and outline ways for you to maintain a secure, controlled online presence.

Dr. Meredith Sellers holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and works as a Senior Engineer at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates. Meredith has leveraged social media since 2008 to assist her personal genealogical research in New York City, St. Louis, Eastern Europe, and the British Isles. Before relocating to the Bay Area, Meredith volunteered and taught for organizations including the Champaign Family History Center, Champaign County Genealogical Society, and Olive Branch Cemetery Restoration.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
7 to 9pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road, Room 5/6
Los Altos Hills , CA
Map
 
Topic:
Researching Your Litvak Roots
Speaker:
Judy Baston

Numerous sources exist online and in various repositories to research your Litvak heritage. Judy Baston will offer an overview of these sources and will detail the best ways to use key Litvak databases and Web sites to enhance your knowledge and expand your family tree. The presentation will include how to find out what records are available, how to read and understand search results, where the records are, and how best to access the information in them. The presentation will cover LitvakSIG and its All Lithuania Database, as well as numerous resources from JewishGen, Yad Vashem, and other sources.

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 24 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.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
 
Topic:
To be determined.
Speaker:
To be determined.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
The Power of Digital Photography for Family History
Speaker:
Ron Madson

After beginning his journey in researching his genealogy about 10 years ago, Ron quickly 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, smart phone, and other smart technology to help with your research. This program is for the novice to the experienced camera user. Ron will discuss the benefits of storing items in a digital format and getting started. The presentation 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.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
 
Topic:
Nontraditional Resources for Genealogy Research
Speaker:
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.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
7 to 9pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road, Room 5/6
Los Altos Hills , CA
Map
 
Topic:
Travel and Research in Ukraine
Speaker:
Janette Silverman

Using a trip she took to Ukraine in 2009 to meet her own family as a backdrop, Janette 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, she will look at the Ukraine SIG site and explore 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.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Grow Your Family Tree:  Using the Internet Archive for Genealogical Research
Speaker:
Michelle Krasowski, MLIS

The Internet Archive is a digital library that has become an excellent resource for people who are interested in genealogical research. Collections from the comprehensive holdings of institutions including Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Robarts Library at the University of Toronto; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library; Brigham Young University; and more are made available for free access on your computer. Librarian Michelle Krasowski will help us explore these resources, with a particular focus on Jewish-oriented collections, as well as give a general tour of archive.org and the depths of fascinating information that are in store for users.

Michelle Krasowski is a librarian currently working on the Administration Team at the Internet Archive. She comes from the public library world, where she has provided reference, instructional, and programming services to users of all ages. She loves learning and teaching, and appreciates all opportunities to broaden her areas of knowledge.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
 
Topic:
Vivian and Sandy's Excellent Adventure: Family Research Travel in Hungary and Romania
Speaker:
Vivian Kahn

Vivian Kahn will talk about the trip that she made to Hungary and Romania last year with Sandy Malek, coordinator of the H-SIG Maramaros Records project, to participate in a gathering of descendants of families from Sziget, Maramaros. Her presentation will cover their experiences doing on-the-ground research and meeting members of their extended families from eastern Hungary and the formerly Hungarian counties of Szatmar and Maramaros in Romania. Vivian will share tips for locating and learning about the places where your families lived in Hungary and Transylvania and provide an overview of resources available for research in Maramaros from JewishGen’s Hungary database and other resources.

Vivian Kahn is coordinator of JewishGen’s Hungarian SIG, moderates the Hungarian SIG discussion list, and is JewishGen's Vice President of SIG Affairs. She has presented workshops on Jewish genealogy and, especially, Hungarian Jewish family research at the IAJGS annual conference and for Jewish genealogy groups. Since she began researching her own family from pre-Trianon Hungary more than 20 years ago, she has identified and used a wide range of archival, print, and online resources and has visited Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Great Britain, and Salt Lake City to research her family and help clients searching for their Hungarian roots.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
7 to 9pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road, Room 5/6
Los Altos Hills , CA
Map
 
Topic:
To be determined.
Speaker:
To be determined.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
To be determined.
Speaker:
To be determined.

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