Genealogy in the Round: JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County July 17

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, July 17, 2011 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Genealogy In The Round:
Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls

Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall, or genealogical artifact! This is YOUR meeting-We all learn from one another-take this opportunity to share your genealogical story-success or failure, ask questions about your brick walls, and more!

If you wish to participate in the program, please contact Jan Meisels Allen at Each participant will be given 5-10 minutes to share-depending on the number of presenters. Whether you are a JGSCV member or a potential member-we'd love to hear your genealogical story.

Our "Schmoozing Corner" will be facilitated by JGSCV board member and genealogist, Marion Werle. The "Corner" is available for 15 minutes before the meeting to answer questions attendees may have about their genealogy.

Our monthly book report will be given by Dalya Dektor , founding JGSCV member reporting on Ariana Franklin's "The Mistress of the Art of Death". In 1170, medieval Cambridge, England four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies.
What is timely about this book as recently reported by the BBC, is the recent discovery of 17 bodies in a well in Norwich with the skeletons date back to the 12th or 13th Centuries and DNA evidence shows that 5 of seven of skeletons were from a single Jewish family.

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

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 and all are welcome to attend.


For those of us living in the western San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, Ventura County and further west this should not affect us!

If you are driving to the July 17 meeting, which requires you traveling on the 405 Fwy, CALTRANS is closing the 405 Freeway over the Sepulveda Pass and interchanges from the 10 Fwy to the 101 Fwy on July 16-17, and the traffic will be the "mother of all traffic jams". If you are traveling from the San Fernando Valley take the 118 Fwy to the 23 Fwy to get to Thousand
Oaks-Hillcrest Drive exit and go east to the Temple . If you are coming from Los Angeles, take the Pacific Coast Highway (CA Route 1 N) to either Kanan-Dume Road or Las Virgenes-Malibu Canyon Rd , to the 101 west toRancho. Look at Google maps or MapQuest for other alternatives. Leave earlier than you usually do.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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