JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) November 3 Program The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk: Conducting Story-Driven Research

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 Monday, November 3, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM  at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

NOTE: Please note the different day of week and time for this meeting.

The Topic:   The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk:  Conducting Story-Driven Research

Tammy Hepps takes a journey through story-telling that is funny and yet a genealogical journey that teaches us how to research. Hepps’ routine search on her great-grandfather revealed the shocking surprise that he had been incarcerated in Leavenworth, which led her to trace a group of brothers and brothers-in-law recently emigrated from Minsk, who set out to sell margarine as butter in defiance of the law. Hepps uncovered the hijinks of her great-grandfather, who fled with his family repeatedly before the feds finally nabbed him, the brother-in-law he fingered who was excommunicated for selling lard as butter, another brother-in-law who was arrested for threatening to kill a witness, and more. Hepps uses numerous historical and genealogical repositories to retrace her journey to get to the bottom of this long-concealed chapter in her family history. You will learn how you can better pursue the fascinating leads in your family trees when you think like a story teller.

Speaker: Tammy A. Hepps is the creator of Treelines.com, a family story-sharing website and winner of the RootsTech 2013 Developer Challenge. She has fourteen years of experience in digital media with a degree from Harvard. Hepps has been working on her family tree for more than twenty years and combines in Treelines.com her depth in genealogy, technology, and storytelling. She serves on the Board of Directors for JewishGen and the Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center, and the Board of Advisers for the NY Family History School.

The Schmoozing Corner which is held starting 6:40 PM will be facilitated by JGSCV founding member   and Secretary JGSCV, Debra Kay 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.
5-Minute Genealogical Hint:  International Jewish Genealogy Month which is celebrated during the month of Cheshvan - October 25 to November 22, 2014, honors our Jewish ancestors through the pursuit of Jewish family history research. 

Our traveling library will be available starting at 6:30 PM. To see which books are in our traveling library see our website under library- traveling (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.  There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV.

2015 Membership Drive: We have started our 2015 membership drive-- annual dues paid now are good through December 2015. Dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Forms are available at the meeting, on the JGSCV website—under Membership- and in the JGSCV newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past.

Directions: Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd ) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive . You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.

For more information, please see the JGSCV website:  www.jgscv.org

 Light refreshments will be served.


Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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