Ron Arons Speaker at June 5 JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Meeting

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, June 5, 2011 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Wrongful [Jewish] Wrascals of the West And you thought Jewish criminals were just on the East Coast (mainly New York), the Midwest (Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit) and Las Vegas! Well, Jewish criminals have made their mark in the state of California for nearly 150 years. Above and beyond Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky, Ron has found them - in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere in the Golden State. Along the way, he shows the large variety of genealogical sources available to research these characters. Ron will show you how to track down your black sheep ancestors! Following his presentation, you may purchase Ron's books & 'Black Sheep' products-including ties, toys, jewelry and t-shirts. To pre-order, go to Print out your order receipt, he will hand deliver the products to the meeting. Cash or checks only.

Speaker: Ron has researched his roots for more than a dozen years. In the process of doing so, Ron learned that one of his ancestors served time "up the river" at Sing Sing Prison. Along the way, Ron has become an expert on how to research historical criminals. Ron has given numerous presentations across the country and internationally on conducting genealogical research, especially research on criminals.

Our "Schmoozing Corner" will be facilitated by JGSCV founding member accomplished genealogist, and JewishGen Managing Director Warren Blatt. The "Corner" is available for 15 minutes before the meeting to answer questions attendees may have about their genealogy.

Our monthly book report will be given by Sara Hyman, JGSCV treasurer on mystery novels that involved family history by Dan Waddell "The Blood Detective" and "Blood Atonement".

Our rotating traveling library will have Categories A and D To see which books are listed under which category, please go to our website, and look under traveling library. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program.

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 and all are welcome to attend.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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