JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County September 15 Meeting--Beyond the Family Tree- Bringing Your Stories to Life

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County(JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday,  September 15, 2013 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Beyond the Family Tree – Bringing Your Family Stories to Life

When you bring out your family tree and genealogy reports at a family gathering, do your relatives’ eyes glaze over? Are you overwhelmed with data after so many years of research and wonder how to tell your family’s story without getting lost in the details? Have you done so much research that you don’t even know where to start in telling your family’s tale? If so, this program is for you. Marion Werle will discuss approaches to adding interest to your family stories. She will cover what to write about, where to begin and how to keep from being overwhelmed. She will discuss various techniques, how to add background and context to make your ancestor come alive and using timelines to help tell your story. She will also discuss the importance of sharing your own life history.

Speaker: Marion Werle, began her family history research over 17 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. She is on the board of JGSCV, is a past president of the Latvia SIG and has also been on the board of JGSLA.  She is a member of the SCGS Writers Group and has attended a number of lectures on family history writing, and has several writing projects in progress. She has master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA.
Our schmoozing corner, which starts 20 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Debra Kay-Blatt, JGSCV Secretary and founding member. This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.
In lieu of the 5-minute genealogical hint, we will show the new 7-minute JewishGen video that premiered at the recent IAJGS Boston Conference.
Our traveling library will have categories A -D books that have not been placed in our permanent library. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our website www.jgscv.org  under traveling library. Note the books that are in the process of be transferred to the permanent library at the Agoura Hills Library have not been noted until the process is complete.

See our website for directions, future meetings and more information on the JGSCV  www.jgscv.org

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.
(www.jgscv.org ). There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid are good through December 2013.

For more information about JGSCV, including directions for the meeting see our website www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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