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JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County March 1 Program: Janette Silverman Ancient Texts Lead to Genealogical Discoveries: The Lives Our Ancestors Led

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County(JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co-sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, March 1, 2015 1:30-3:30 PM  at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Ancient Texts Lead to Genealogical Discoveries:  The Lives Our Ancestors Led

Program: 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 archives.  The archives are a treasure yet to be explored by so many of us and yet it is a rich repository of records of Jewish communities, institutions and prominent individuals in the US and Europe.  We will take a digital trip and explore some of the treasures that can be found at JTS.  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 1700's until after WWII. We will also explore a variety of ketubot and mohel books and talk about the way all of these materials help us in our research.

Speaker: Dr. Janette Silverman is the JewishGen Ukraine SIG Coordinator.  She was the president of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Society for 5 years, and is active on the IAJGS Membership Development Committee.  Since 2007 she has served as a Moderator for the JewishGen Discussion Group.  Her doctoral dissertation, "In Living Memory" is about Jewish genealogical research.  Janette has been researching family history for almost 30 years. Janette is the Outreach Director for the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

The Schmoozing Corner: which is held starting 1:10PM will be facilitated by JGSCV founding member and board member, Warren Blatt  The Schmoozing Corner is available if you would like individual insights for your genealogical pursuits from an experienced JGSCV member 20 minutes before each meeting.

We return with our 5-minute genealogical hint which is at the beginning of the meeting.  JGSCV treasurer, Karen Lewy will be talking on Finding Interesting Information on Death Certificates

Our traveling library will be available starting at 1:00PM. To see which books are in our traveling library see our website under library- traveling ( )
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.  There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV.

The 2015 Membership Drive is well on its way. Annual dues paid now are good through December 2015. Forms are available at the meeting, on the JGSCV website-under Membership- and in the JGSCV newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past.

For more information, including directions, please see the JGSCV website:

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

RootsTech 2015 Streaming Videos Online

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

If you missed the selected live streaming videos from RootsTech they are now online at:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

(US) National Genealogical Society Appoints New Executive Director

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

 National Genealogical Society

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Board of Directors announced today, February 19, 2015 that they have appointed an new Executive Director, Ed Grandi.  He will focus on the NGS growing portfolio of specialized family history learning resources. He had long experience in senior corporate roles specializing in insurance and risk management for nonprofits and most recently served as an Executive Director to a patient-interest association in Washington, D.C. 

NGS, along with IAJGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) are the sponsoring members of the Records Preservation and Access Committee ( RPAC).
To read more go to:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Board for Certification of Genealogists Free Webinar on Complex Evidence: What it Is, How it Works, Why it Matters. February 24, 2015

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is holding a free webinar on” Complex Evidence: What It Is, How It Works, Why It Matters” with F. Warren Bittner CG. It is open to all genealogists. It is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 8PM EST and will run about 90 minutes.  Check for the time conversion in your locale.

To register ( which is required) go to: .  

 Each of us have been challenged with our genealogical research putting together all the pieces of evidence to reach a sound conclusion to tell a story from our findings. The Genealogical Proof Standard is something all of us should be using to assure that our information is correct. This presentation uses a case study from multiple sources to solve a problem helping us learn the process along the way.  To read more go to:

The speaker is a professional genealogist based in Utah and has been awarded first place National Genealogical Society’s (NGS) 2012 Family History Writing Contest, and has spoken at numerous genealogical conferences including the NGS, FGS, Southern California Genealogical Jamboree, Association of Professional Genealogists and more.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee