JGSCV Meeting- How To Begin Your Genealogy Research

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 10, 2010 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA (USA).

Program: How To Begin Your Genealogy Research

Want to learn how to begin your genealogy research? Wondering how to fill in the gaps on your family tree? Want to learn how to use JewishGen.org--THE website for Jewish genealogy?

JGSCV Board members and founding members, Jan Meisels Allen and Debra Kay Blatt, both accomplished genealogists and presenters, will present and lead the discussions including: how to begin searching your family history including census and ships manifests, family hearsay, searching older newspapers for obituaries and articles on family businesses, and how to search what is on JewishGen.org including familiarization with search functions, databases (including the All-Country Database), use of the Family Finder and introduction to ShtetLinks pages.

While the program is directed for beginners, everyone can learn from the presentations.

There will be a schmoozing session starting 15 minutes before the
meeting, facilitated by JGSCV Board member Werner Frank..come and talk on your successes or problems.

Starting with this meeting we are adding a new feature to our monthly
meetings: a 5-7 minute "book report" on a genealogically-relevant book reported on by a member or friend of JGSCV. The January meeting will have JGSCV Member Diane Wainwood report on "The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot" Marranos and Other Secret Jews by Trudi Alexy.

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

The meeting is open to all and there is no charge.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website for directions and more information: www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV

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