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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
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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
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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
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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:
San Francisco's Own Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico
Speaker:
Emperor Norton (Joseph Amster)

A Jewish businessman originally from England and South Africa, Joshua Abraham Norton arrived in San Francisco in 1849 with $40,000, which after some shrewd investing increased to $250,000 (about $3 million today). After losing his fortune to a bad rice investment, Norton disappeared, returning to San Francisco in 1859 and declaring himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. In any other city he would have been dismissed as a madman, but the people of San Francisco embraced his reign.

Amster, a displaced journalist with an acting background, wanted to create a walking tour with a twist, offering his patrons a unique experience. “I decided early on that I wanted to do my tour in character and researched the historical figures from San Francisco’s past,” says Amster. “The more I read about Emperor Norton, the more fascinated I became with him.” After completing his research, Amster took on the character of Emperor Norton, complete with uniform, beard, and plumed top hat.


Sunday, November 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
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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, November 13, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
10am to Noon
Meet at Colma Historical Association Museum
1500 Hillside Boulevard, Colma. The museum is near Serramonte Blvd and closer to 280 than 101. It is at the corner of F St. and Hillside Blvd. It's about a half-mile walk from the Colma BART station.
http://www.colmahistory.org/
 
 
Topic:
Tour of Colma's Jewish Cemeteries

Come enjoy a tour of three of the Jewish cemeteries in Colma: Home of Peace, Hills of Eternity, and Eternal Home. The tour will begin at the museum with a 10-minute film which discusses the history of all of Colma's cemeteries, including moving burials from San Francisco. We will then visit the three Jewish cemeteries discussed and hear about some of the history and the burials, famous and perhaps some locals. There is no fee for the tour.

We will do a fair amount of walking, so you should wear comfortable shoes and a hat, bring a water bottle, and dress in layers (we may have fog).  As we get closer to the date, we'll have a better idea of what type of weather to expect.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged. The fewer cars the better, as it takes time to get everyone in and out at each stop. Cameras are permitted.

Note: Rain will cancel.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Presentation for International Jewish Genealogy Month

The talk is free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:

Doors open 6:30-8:00 pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
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Topic:
Bubbie, Who Are You?: Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree
Speaker:
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 is the vice president of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. She is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, dual citizenship, and newspaper research.

 

 

 


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