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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.


Sunday, February 14, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD   New Date
Sunday, March 6, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Sunday, April 3. 2016: Beth El Hebrew Congregation - Alexandria, VA
Sunday, May 15, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Monday, May 16, 2016: Library of Congress
Sunday, June 5, 2016: Potomac Community Center - Potomac, MD

 

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

 

February Sunday, February 14, 2016   New Date
Location: 
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall
Workshop: Workshop - Assisted Research (members only)
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Have you hit a brick wall? Are you struggling with organizing your research? Pre-register to meet with one of our mavens on a one-on-one basis for up to one hour.

To register, email   Provide your name and a description (up to 50 words) of your problem, question, or issues. Please do not send family trees or pictures, but feel free to bring those with you if they relate to your research quandary. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2016. Space is limited.

This is a members-only workshop. Pre-registration by February 1st is required as described above. Please arrive at 10:45 for check-in – the workshop will begin promptly at 11:00. Those who are not JGSGW members and wish to participate in the workshop must join before February 1st and submit the information about their question or problem, as described above by the submission deadline. Dues may be paid online at the JGSGW website, or by check; instructions at: http://www.jgsgw.org/membership.html

Brown-bag lunch 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM  Bring your own dairy sandwich.  JGSGW will provide beverages and dessert.
Program:
Exploring the FamilySearch Website
Location: 
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Time:
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker: Carol Kostakos Petranek (click here for bio)

FamilySearch.org is the world's largest free family history website. It is the repository of millions of U.S. and foreign records. It also has a research wiki, a robust family tree, free online classes, and social media connections. This presentation will give an overview of the FamilySearch website, how to search its contents, and how to access its many genealogical resources. Among the resources to be discussed is the Knowles Collection, a quickly growing, free online Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families from all over the world.

   

March Sunday, March 6, 2016
Location:
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Gudelsky Hall
Program:
Back to Basics: JewishGen
Time:
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speakers: Randy Fishbein and Nolan Altman
   

April Sunday, April 3, 2016
Location:
Workshop: Beginner's Jewish Genealogy Workshop: "Climbing Your Family Tree"
Time: 10:00 AM to Noon
 

The workshop starts with an introduction to Jewish genealogy, beginning with basic guidelines and strategies. Participants will then have small group sessions with four different experts, covering DNA, online resources, local and national resources, and the holdings of the JGSGW library at B'nai Israel. Attendees will be given a copy of the JGSGW publication “Jump-Start Your Jewish Genealogy Research: A Beginner’s Guide.”

The workshop is open FREE to members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may join JGSGW in advance of the workshop and participate in the workshop if space is available. The workshop will be limited to 20 enrollees. Send registration requests to

   
Program:  
Genealogy Software: Choosing the Right One for You
Time:  
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Discussion Leaders: Bruce Brown and Joanne Stone Wyman
  Genealogy software gives researchers unprecedented opportunities to organize, share, and protect their data. But what are the options, and which should you choose?

Our program will begin with a webinar produced by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The genealogy programs that are discussed are: Ancestral Quest, Brother's Keeper, Heredis, iFamily, Legacy, MacFamilyTree, Reunion, and RootsMagic. The webinar teaches how to select the software that is right for the individual and how to transfer files from the old program to the new program. Emphasis is on:
• The software interface –what does the computer screen look like for each
• How does the software handle the essential functions – data entry, individual and family views, and reporting
• How do I move files to a new program – challenges and cautions
The webinar will be followed by a lively discussion and questions. A handout will be provided.

May Sunday, May 15, 2016
Location:  
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall 
Program:  
Exploring Ukraine Research and the Ukraine SIG
Time:  
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker: Janette Silverman, Ph.D. (click here for bio)

Learn how UkraineSIG assists researchers in overcoming the challenges of research in the Ukraine and Ukrainian archives. We will explore the resources of UkraineSIG, keys to interpreting notes on its webpages, talk about current projects, and provide insights to discovering your family history.

BONUS UPDATE on the Seattle 2016 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.


May16 Monday, May 16, 2016
Location:  
Library of Congress
Program:  
Program with Janette Silverman. Details TBA.

June Sunday, June 5, 2016
Location:  
Program:  
Member Appreciation Luncheon (members only, no guests)
Time:  
Noon - Schmooze & Luncheon
  Speaker: TBA


                          
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