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Sunday, September 13, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

1:00pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: 20th Century Immigration and Naturalization Records HANDOUT

Speaker: Marisa Louie Lee

The National Archives maintains a wealth of records relating to immigration and naturalization in the 20th century.  This includes more than one million Alien Case Files, or "A-Files", at its facilities in San Francisco, California, and Kansas City, Missouri.  Created beginning in 1944, these files relate to noncitizen alien residents of the United States and are a potential wealth of genealogical information.  We'll discuss more about what's in the A-Files, who is documented in them, how to find them at the National Archives, and how to access records that remain with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Marisa Louie Lee is an archival researcher specializing in federal records.  While an archivist at the National Archives at San Francisco, she co-authored the article "The A-Files: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors", published in the Spring 2013 issue of Prologue magazine. A fifth-generation Chinese-American, Marisa first worked with federal records as a college student researching her own family's history in the United States.  She has presented talks at the California Genealogical Society, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Japanese American National Museum (in conjunction with the Nikkei Genealogical Society), and the Chinese Historical Society of America.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

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: 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.

Dr. Rachel B. Grossis Assistant Professor and John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is a religious studies scholar whose work focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American Jews. Her book, "Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice," is forthcoming from New York University Press in January 2021.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and NEW Place:

Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Latino/Hispanic Room
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Map

Topic: Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical Research

Speaker: Brooke Schreier Ganz

Tired of being told by state archives or libraries that the records you want are inaccessible? Reclaim the Records is a not-for-profit group filing Freedom of Information requests to get these “off limits” genealogy records released back to the public and put online for free. Learn how we successfully challenged the NYC Municipal Archives in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and our upcoming plans.

Brooke Schreier Ganz is a genealogist, computer programmer, and open-data activist. She works on making archival records more accessible to the general public through technological solutions and legal remedies. She is a former Vice President of Gesher Galicia and designed and built the Gesher Galicia Web site, including its innovative and free All Galicia Database. Brooke won second place in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge for the underlying search engine codebase, named LeafSeek.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

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

Topic: Hungarian Jewish Research

Speaker: Vivian Kahn

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation postponed from March 22

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

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

Topic: Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index

Speaker: Dr. Steve Morse

When the 1950 census is released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches. The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step Website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.

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.


 

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