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Sunday, May 23, 2021

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

1:00 until 2:30pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: How a Record Match Almost Led Me to an Insane Asylum

Speaker: Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage

Daniel’s quest to find the truth about one of his great-grandmothers led him to a wealth of newly available records from the Holocaust, which might help you find more information about the fate of your own family before, during, and after the war. Learn the techniques used to sift the true from the false and find out where to look and what to ask when researching a Jewish family that lived during the Holocaust.

Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, providing key contributions by liaising with genealogical societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project “Searching for My Roots” in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

SFBAJGS Online Presentation via ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

4:00 until 5:30, Pacific Time NEW TIME!
At Your Home

Topic: Finding your Eastern European Jewish Family on JRI-Poland.org

Speaker: Robinn Magid, JRI-Poland.org

JRI-Poland's vast collection of 6.2 million records from more than 600 towns includes information about towns and families in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany, and the former territories of Galicia and Prussia. Through understanding the contents of the database and how to improve your search results to exploring preserved Holocaust-related records, this lecture will focus on the good things that can come out of a genealogical search.

Robinn Magid is the Assistant Director of JRI-Poland.org. She recently became the project manager of the JRI-Poland “NextGen Project” to redesign the JRI-Poland site, search engine, and database. As the Lublin Area Projects Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating the indexing of Jewish vital records for approximately 100 towns. Robinn has spoken at many IAJGS conferences on behalf of JRI-Poland and served as the chair of IAJGS 2018 Warsaw, Poland conference and the IAJGS 2020 Virtual Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area JGS.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

1:00 until 2:30pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: The Archaeology of San Francisco Jews

Speaker: Adrian Praetzellis

This illustrated talk will be mainly about two San Francisco archaeological sites associated with Jews: the former cemetery of congregations Sherith Israel and Emanu-el under Dolores Park and the 1870s Frohman site at what is now the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station. In addition to archaeology, this work involved research in a range of primary archival sources, ranging from the manuscript minutes of several Jewish organizations to cemetery relocation records. The presentation draws on my article “Archaeology of San Francisco Jews” (IJHA 2021) and bounces off my work on Jewish sites in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento.

Adrian Praetzellis’ experience in archaeology began on Roman and Medieval sites in the UK. Moving to the USA, he reoriented to the archaeology of California and has since worked at sites ranging from a 12,000+-year-old hunting camp in Lake County to the remains of an 1870's “parlor house” (a high-end brothel) in downtown Los Angeles. Adrian has a Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology (UC Berkeley) and is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Sonoma State University. He is married with two children and three grandchildren, photos of whom he will happily share.

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Monday, August 23, 2021

SFBAJGS Online Presentation via ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

3:30 until 5:30, Pacific Time NEW TIME!
At Your Home

Topic: Sephardic Jewish Research

Speaker: Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Maria Apodaca

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

1:00 until 2:30pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: Holding a Family Tree-union on Zoom

Speaker: David Milgram

In April 2020, a cousin of mine who was SIPing in NYC suggested that a Zoom call among our surviving cousins would be a good way to catch up in the midst of the pandemic. I took up the challenge and started figuring out what needed to happen in order to pull it off. The idea mushroomed to include as much of the family tree as possible, with a recognition of the unfamiliarity of the younger generation branches with each other. On June 7, we staged the Milgram/Weiner Family Tree-union with more than 100 viewers attending through 50 gallery windows. My talk describes the process and the successful result.

David is a retired computer scientist since 2009, chairman of the Los Altos Hills Public Art Committee, and a member of Congregation Kol Emeth since 1979. His current activities are photography, Jewish study (Talmud), and public art.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

SFBAJGS Online Presentation via ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

4:00 until 5:30, Pacific Time NEW TIME!
At Your Home

Topic: Levi Strauss: It’s All in the "Genes"

Speaker: Michael Strauss, AG

This lecture focuses on the life of one of California”s most well known pioneers. Levi Strauss was a prominent businessman and philanthropist both in the Jewish community and to the general public in the San Francisco Bay area. From modest beginnings, born to a Jewish family in Europe, Levi Strauss arrived in the United States to find his fortune. He will always be remembered for his charity, as well as for his fashion-world “jeans” and the legacy he left to the American west.

Michael L. Strauss is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a resident of Utah. He holds a B.A. in History and is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and a licensed private investigator in Virginia. He is a qualified expert witness in estate matters in court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Additionally, he is an approved genealogist with the U.S. Army to locate DNA-qualified persons for MIA service members from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. Michael was the film historian for the 2014 film "Finding Vivian Maier." Visit his site at https://genealogyresearchnetwork.com/.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

1:00 until 2:30pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: Here Comes the 1950 U.S. Census! What to Expect

Speaker: Joel Weintraub

The 1950 U.S. census will become public on 1 April 2022. Joel Weintraub will prepare us for its debut by describing the census, how it was taken, its questions and codes, the training of enumerators, and more. He will also briefly discuss his and Steve Morse’s 1950 census location tools, available at SteveMorse.org.

A New Yorker by birth, Joel is an emeritus Professor of Biology at California State University at Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy more than 20 years ago and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives in Southern California. Joel has helped produce location tools for five federal censuses and three New York State censuses for Steve Morse’s One-Step Website. He has published articles on the U.S. census’ 72-year rule, finding difficult passenger records, and the challenges of searching NYC census records. His YouTube channel at “JDW Talks” features his genealogy talks.

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

1:00 until 2:30pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: Tracing Your Jewish Family in Ukraine

Speaker: Alex Krakovsky

Alex Krakovsky will discuss his work in Ukrainian archives, his online site, and the documents he is making available to researchers outside Ukraine by digitizing and publishing them online.

Alex was born at a very young age in Kyiv in 1982. He graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 2005 and started his own genealogy tour in 2011. Since then he became involved in various Ukrainian archive projects. Most notable is his goal to digitize and publish online all of the Jewish records in Ukraine. He has spent years in Ukrainian archives finding previously unknown Jewish lists and putting them online. He has won many lawsuits with Ukrainian archives to make records open and available to everyone.

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