JGSCV December 21 Meeting Reminder: Crista Cowan: Smarter Searching Tips and Genealogy Methodology on Ancestry.com And Chanukah/Membership/ Annual Meeting

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 , December 21,  2014 1:30-3:30 PM  at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA.

NOTE: Yes, we are meeting later in the month than normal due to the Temple’s meeting room availability but in January  we return to Sunday afternoon meetings earlier in the month. With Chanukah parties and other festivities we hope you make time next Sunday for JGSCV—the meeting is well worth it with the fabulous Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist © and fantastic genealogy prizes eligibility for those who join or renew their JGSCV membership by or at the meeting.  Remember that JGSCV is a 501(c) (3) corporation and therefore your annual dues are eligible for tax deductibility—it’s best to check with your tax advisor.

The Topic:   Smarter Searching Tips and  Methodology on Ancestry.com

Are you still searching, after all these years, for that same elusive record about one particular ancestor?  Come spend the afternoon with Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist.  She will demonstrate some of her favorite tips for searching the 15 billion+ records available on Ancestry.com.  She will use specific examples in the census and immigration records collections to demonstrate both smart search habits and best genealogy methodology practices.

Speaker:  Crista Cowan “The Barefoot Genealogist” has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004. Crista has been involved with family history research for over 20 years and is the owner of Legacy Family History Services, specializing in descendancy research, Jewish immigration, and sharing family history with the genealogically challenged.

Genealogical Prizes For Those Who Renew or Join by this Meeting: Everyone is eligible for the drawing of fantastic genealogical prizes for those who renew their JGSCV membership or join for 2015. You must be present to win!  Light refreshments will be served celebrating Chanukah and our membership drive.

The grand prize is an annual worldwide membership to Ancestry.com—(value is $300) Other prizes:  Subscription to Fold3.com; Newspapers.com; Findmypast (both a 6 month and 12 month subscription); FamilyTree Maker, Legacy Family Tree Deluxe, Legacy Webinar Subscription, Mocavo Gold and more!  Each one of these fantastic prizes are worth more than the annual subscription to JGSCV (whose annual dues are only $25/$30)  so what are you waiting for? There are special benefits to being a member of JGSCV and more to come in 2015 with the new special member-only discounts to a variety of genealogy programs.

The Schmoozing Corner: which is held starting 1:10PM will be facilitated by JGSCV founding member  Hal Bookbinder. 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 )
Annual elections:  Each year one-half of the JGSCV board is up for election. This year there are five people running for the board-and as no one came forth at the November meeting from the floor the Nominations Committee recommendations will be by acclimation.  Hal Bookbinder, the chairman of the JGSCV Nominations Committee will run the election.  Those running for the board are:  Jan Meisels Allen, Rosalie Bell, Debra Kay Blatt, Karen Lewy and Helene Rosen.
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.

Chanukah Gift- Gift Membership to JGSCV: Looking for a Chanukah gift? JGSCV will provide a lovely Chanukah certificate made out to the person of your choice when you purchase a gift JGSCV membership

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

 Light refreshments will be served.

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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