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March 2-3, 2019
San Francisco History Days

Old Mint, San Francisco

San Francisco History Days is a FREE community event that brings together dozens of cultural and history-oriented organizations to celebrate San Francisco's unique past. Visit the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society at our table; meet community historians, archivists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, and other genealogy and history enthusiasts; and learn more about the city at the center of the Bay Area. This is a great event for kids, families, and people of all ages, with something for everyone!


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Brainstorming with the Mavens
Judy Baston, Coordinator

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. 704


Sunday, March 3, 2019

SFBAJGS Special Presentation|

We are pleased to welcome Daniel to explain all the intricacies and what MH has to offer, but it should be noted that MyHeritage is a commercial, paid genealogy site and the SFBAJGS does not endorse any commercial product

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

SPECIAL Time and Same Place:

Doors open 2:45pm, Program begins 3pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Planting a Family Tree Online with MyHeritage to Share and Preserve Your Memories
Speaker:
Daniel Horowitz

Learn how to build a free online family tree on MyHeritage.com. Enter detailed information, upload images, use facial recognition technology to tag individuals, and invite and share information with family members. Find long-lost relatives and historical records. 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 back-up option.

Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert of MyHeritage, providing key contributions, liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, was the teacher & the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel holds board level positions at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).


Sunday, March 17, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

NEW Time and Same Place:

Doors open 1:00pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Introduction to "Jewish Genealogy"
Speaker:
Dale Friedman

What exactly is "Jewish Genealogy “and what might you learn about yourself by doing family history research?  Join Dale Friedman as he explores the "Jewish" in Jewish Genealogy and shares what he has learned.  “How did my ancestors shape me?”  Jewish Genealogy is one way to help answer these questions.  Using personal examples, Dale will suggest research methods and resources to kick-start your search, even if you think no records exist.

Dale is a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogy Society. He has been avidly researching all sides of his own and his wife’s family history for more than 20 years. This in turn has led to an interest in Jewish life in Eastern Europe, house-centric genealogical approaches, and single-surname studies beyond those of his immediate family.  Dale has been fortunate to find many heretofore-unknown relatives as well as to meet and form wonderful friendships with other Jewish genealogists worldwide.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Brainstorming with the Mavens
Judy Baston, Coordinator

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. 704


Sunday, April 14, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

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:
Adolph Sutro's Home and Empire
Speaker:
Allan Schwartz

Before becoming mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro moved to then remote Sutro Heights.  He turned his ample grounds into a manicured park, open to all San Franciscans.  Adjacent to it he constructed Sutro Baths, the most classic of the Cliff Houses, and other attractions, some purchased from the Mid Winter Exposition, all of which rendered that faraway corner of the city a top pleasure destination.  Later he feuded with Southern Pacific Railroad over the cost of transportation to Sutro Heights, actuating his run for office.  We will chat about these things, and more like them.

Allan Schwartz, per 23andMe, has roots which trace right back to the Second Temple.  He, among other interests, is a history buff and actor.  He is a resident of the San Francisco's Richmond District, living not far from the site of these past glories.  He has portrayed Adolph Sutro at San Francisco History Days, the San Francisco District Council of Merchants annual dinner, and Sutro Libray, among other locations.


Monday, April 15, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

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

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.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Brainstorming with the Mavens
Judy Baston, Coordinator

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. 704


Sunday, May 19, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

NEW Time and Same Place:

Doors open 1:00pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
Topic:
Jewish Records Collections on Ancestry.com

Speaker:
Crista Cowan

Crista will talk about the Jewish records collections on Ancestry, as well as some search tips and tricks during this presentation.

Crista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years and has been a professional genealogist since 2002. She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish Immigration, and sharing family history with the genealogically challenged. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004 and is known as the Barefoot Genealogist. She uploads a new episode of her show to the Ancestry YouTube channel (almost) every Tuesday morning. You can watch past episodes at http://ancstry.me/TBGVids


Sunday, June 7, 2019

Brainstorming with the Mavens
Judy Baston, Coordinator

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. 704


Monday, June 24, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

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

Topic:
Bring Your Own Brick Wall: One on One Help with Your Family Tree
 
Facilitated by:
Panel of SFBAJGS Genealogists
 

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, June 30, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

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:
Preserving Family History: Transforming Your Research Into Inspiring Stories
Speaker:
Nancy Siegel

You've done the research, gathered facts and photos, and created a family tree. This session will explore how to bring these fragments together through the creation of compelling narratives. These narratives can take various forms, including profiles of particular ancestors, accounts of your family's life before they came to America, remembrances of family members who died in the Holocaust, stories you heard about the lives of the first generation to settle in America, and success stories documenting your path to solving family mysteries and discovering your roots.

Since 2009, Nancy Siegel has edited the JewishGen Success! Stories publication, part of JewishGen's educational outreach. These stories showcase the many resources of JewishGen and inspire as well as inform those who read them. Nancy also prepares the Research Notes and Hints at the end of every story to highlight the resources used by the authors in achieving their success as well as to list other avenues of research that could be helpful to readers.



Sunday, July 14, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

NEW Time and Same Place:

Doors open 1:00pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Jewish Records Indexing Day
Facilitated by:
SFBAJGS Transcription Project

Pay it forward, fellow genealogists! Indexing is the result of volunteers reading images of old records and typing the information into a searchable format. SFBAJGS has taken on the task of creating an index for Jewish records from the San Francisco Bay area. So we need REAL PEOPLE to read the records and type the information into Excel spreadsheets.

We will provide extra special refreshments, computers, and instruction on this valuable and essential service. Mac and PC people are both welcome! If you can't stay for the whole afternoon, we will be happy to have you for as long as you can help, for an hour or more. Don't miss this opportunity to make more records accessible to genealogists around the world and meet others with similar interests! We would like to have an idea of how many people will be coming (so we can buy the right amount of food!), so please RSVP via email to transcriptions@sfbajgs.org.



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