JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County January 4 Program Changing Borders of Eastern Europe with Hal Bookbinder

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, January 4, 2015 at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The Topic:  The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe

Few Jews lived in Eastern Europe 1,000 years ago. Ye, it was to become the home of 80 percent of the World’s Jews. As Russia expanded westward, more and more Jews came within the Russian Empire.This talk examines Russia’s efforts to limit the Jews in its midst and the Eastern European borders changes which frequently resulted in ancestral towns coming under the rule of several countries over time. Recognizing which governments were in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found.

Speaker:  Hal Bookbinder’s  areas of interest include Jewish history, finding missing 
relatives, European border changes, immigration, citizenship and safe computing. He is a former president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and currently serves on the JewishGen Board of Governors. Hal is a founding member of JGSCV. Hal has identified over 4,000 relatives, tracing his roots to modern Ukraine and adjacent areas.

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.

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 (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.

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: www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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