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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Intimate Histories: Genealogy and American Jewish Religion
Speaker:
Rachel Gross

In researching their family histories, many American Jewish genealogists engage in an emotional experience that intimately connects them to specific immigration stories. Based on interviews with genealogists around the country, observation of the New York Jewish Genealogical Society, and studies of Jewish genealogical materials, Prof. Gross finds that genealogy functions as a mitzvah, something both praiseworthy and required.

Prof. Rachel B. Gross is the John and Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is currently working on a book that examines the religious nature of contemporary nostalgic representations of American Jewish immigration history. She received her Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University in 2014.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Palo Alto is the new location for the Peninsula meetings:

Topic:
Digging Deeper on FamilySearch.org
Speaker:
Kimberlee Miller
 

Time and Place:
Doors open Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 
 

Are you frustrated that you can’t find what you need on FamilySearch.org? FamilySearch has millions of records from all over the world, but how do you access them? Come to this informative presentation on how to dig deeper in FamilySearch by using some little-known tips and tricks to access the 70% of records that don't have an index. Learn about waypoints that break down the massive collections and how to find out if there are problems with the collection you are looking at.

Kim Miller has degrees in Liberal Arts and Education, plus a Family History Research certificate from BYU Idaho. She is presently on staff at the Oakland FamilySearch Library, where she is one of two people in charge of staff training.



Sunday, May 6, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
New York City Insider's Guide to Research
Speaker:
Steve Harris

If you are like the majority of Americans, at least one of your ancestors spent time in New York City. This lecture will focus on techniques for researching New York City ancestors in the 19th and 20th centuries using the Internet, local resources, and on-site research in New York City itself. We will explore the wealth of online material accessible on NYC Web sites as well as that hidden deep within Ancestry.com and other subscription services. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptop computers, as the library has free wi-fi.

SFBAJGS member Steve Harris is a consulting genealogist with extensive experience assisting clients with their family histories. Born in Brooklyn, he has deep roots in New York City, but the siren call of California was too strong to resist.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street 

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 70


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street 

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 70

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

 

South Peninsula Genealogists Special Presention

 
Topic:
Planting a Family Tree Online with MyHeritage to share and preserve your memories
Speaker:
Daniel Horowitz
 

Time and Place:
12: 30 pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Learn how to build an online family tree in the free and friendly website MyHeritage.com. Enter detailed information, upload images and use face recognition technology to tag individuals, invite and share information with family members. Find long lost relative & historical records for every person in your family. Find out how to set the privacy of your site from completely private to completely public, download a copy of your material or use the backup option.

Daniel Horowitz is the genealogy expert at MyHeritage. Dedicated to genealogy since 1986, Daniel holds board level positions at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), among others.

 


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Jewish Genetic Diseases
Speaker:
Neil Risch

Dr. Risch will explain what we know about the origins of Ashkenazim and Sephardim from genetic data, and then why Ashkenazi Jews are the ones with a lot of genetic diseases.

Neil Risch, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute for Human Genetics and holds the Lamond Family Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Human Genetics at the University of California at San Francisco. He is also a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. He is a human geneticist known for his work on numerous genetic diseases.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Palo Alto is the new location for the Peninsula meetings:

Topic:
From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Speaker:
Steve Morse
 

Time and Place:
Doors open Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 
 

To understand the genealogical aspects of DNA requires an understanding of some of the basic concepts. This talk introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA, and goes on to show how DNA is inherited. That knowledge of inheritance can be used for finding relatives you didn't know you had, learning about your very distant ancestors and the routes they traveled, and determining if you are a Jewish high priest (Kohan). Examples presented include Genghis Khan's legacy, the Thomas Jefferson affair, and the Anastasia mystery.

Steve Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, and written four textbooks, and holds four patents.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Bring Your Own Brick Wall
Speaker:
Oakland SFBAJGS experts

Bring your problems, questions, and documents (copies, please, no originals), and a panel of experienced researchers will brainstorm to provide information and suggestions that will show your next steps and may help you solve some of your family mysteries.



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
My Attic, Your Story: An Immigrant's Journey
Speaker:
Roslyn Sholin

My attic is a placeholder for all our stories. You will see things that might have been in your own family's attic. Through struggles and achievement, assimilation and acculturation emerge. An extraordinary journey is relived through ordinary items. Every immigrant's tale is unique, yet they are all the same. From family to family, generation to generation, and century to century we have all traveled this path. Explore your past and thank your ancestors for making your life possible.

Roslyn Sholin is a creative director. Using a multidisciplinary approach, she has become a storyteller who can transform decades of materials into educationally rich content. The Yiddish Book Center videotaped her for its oral history project.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Palo Alto is the new location for the Peninsula meetings:

Topic:
From Cottage to Estate in One Generation: A San Francisco Family
Speaker:
David Fleishhacker
 

Time and Place:
Doors open Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 
 

David Fleishhacker will describe how a Jewish immigrant (his ancestor) from Bavaria came to the U.S. in 1840 and prospered in the gold country, then in Virginia City, then by trading mining shares in San Francisco, and finally by founding a paper box company so that his sons could learn about business, which they did, becoming major investors and bankers. Like Sutro and Levi Strauss (although much less known), the family was able to prosper in the West and become important figures in California, especially in San Francisco. The San Francisco Zoo, the Hetch Hetchy water system, and Coit Tower all owe their existence partly to Aaron Fleishhacker and his sons, whose descendants still live here. As one of them, David will outline the research that revealed the triumphs and disasters of the family over the past 120 years.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
A Family Web Site: Doing It My Way
Speaker:
Barbara Toby Stack

This will not be a do-it-yourself guide to making your own web site but testimony to the insights I garnered by tackling it myself. There is a great deal of freedom and satisfaction to be gained from doing battle with technology and sharing your research in the best ways you can imagine. My imagination is made up, in part, of HTML, and I believe it to be an ideal medium to tell the many stories that genealogical exploration turns up. At the same time, my skills are pretty basic, and my challenge is how to present my research to the widest possible audience with the simplest of tools.

Barbara Stack has been researching her family roots in Poland and Ukraine since the late 1980s, when she saw an enormous hand-written family tree made by her mother’s cousin and bought her first computer. Many busy years passed. In late 2009, a mutual friend introduced Barbara to Jeremy Frankel, who pointed her to the LDS FamilySearch Library in Oakland and to the SFBAJGS. A web site soon became necessary to organize and share the mounting piles of research. In her professional life Barbara has been a systems analyst, a fiddler, a youth orchestra ED, and most recently an archivist, editor, and writing coach.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Home Grown Preservation: Tips for Preserving Your Historical Documents
Speaker:
Susan Goldstein

In this presentation, we'll explore some of the ways to prolong the life of your historical documents. We'll touch on archival housing and supplies, as well as temperature, humidity control, and storage. We'll also have a quick overview of useful resources for genealogical research at the San Francisco Public Library, from books to databases.

Susan Goldstein has served as the City Archivist of San Francisco for 22 years, documenting the city’s history in the San Francisco History Center, on the 6th floor of the San Francisco Public Library. The History Center is responsible for collecting and preserving the archives of the City and County of San Francisco, including mayoral and departmental historical materials, as well as maintaining a local history collection, extensive photograph collection, and public reading room. Previously, Goldstein worked as the archivist to Senator Alan Cranston for three years, serving on his staff in California and Washington, D.C. She also worked at the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, collecting labor union history.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Palo Alto is the new location for the Peninsula meetings:

Topic:
Caring for Your Documents and Photos: Better Now than Never
Speaker:
Karen Zukor
 

Time and Place:
Doors open Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 
 

This presentation will show how to take care of important papers and what to avoid. Conservation is based on the study of what makes artifacts of all kinds age and deteriorate. Paper conservation relies on understanding paper chemistry and the media used to produce art and artifacts. By understanding the physical and chemical attributes of a wide range of papers, conservators can repair damaged items and extend the lives of those artifacts for future generations.

Karen Zukor has been a paper conservator in private practice for 38 years. Her work encompasses a full range of paper, from the 15th century to contemporary pieces. She has been responsible for many collections, including fine art, archival material, maps, historic currency, and rare books, in both private hands and institutions. Her studio is involved in both conservation and preservation; she and her staff not only repair damaged items but provide information on extending the life of an object. Karen has also trained conservation interns for more than twenty years. Zukor Art Conservation is in Oakland, California.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Using Cluster Research to Understand Your Ancestors: When a Tree Isn't Enough
Speaker:
Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Everyone has brick walls in their genealogy research: people who appear to have been dropped out of the sky; women whose maiden names seem unknowable. Cluster research will give you new avenues to break down those brick walls by researching their family members, their neighbors, and anyone and everyone they were associated with. Explore methods that will help you uncover new information about your family.

Anne Gillespie Mitchell has been chasing her ancestors up and down the Great Wagon road through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for many years. She currently works for Ancestry on a variety of products including search, Ancestry Library Edition, AncestryK12, and now RootsWeb. She has completed the Boston University Online Genealogy Certificate course as well as multiple sessions at SLIG and IGHR. She has also taught genealogy courses at many national conferences, including NGS, FGS, and RootsTech and at SLIG. Before Ancestry she worked in the Internet industry in software development and has been a product manager for several companies. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also taught Computer Science for eight years.

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