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Monday, March 11, 2024

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

4:00 pm until 5:30 pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: The Knowles Collection

Speaker: W. Todd Knowles

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the Knowles Collection and how to use it.  This collection is six databases that contain the genealogical records of more than 1.5 million Jewish people from all parts of the world.  The databases are indexed and linked as families.  The entire collection is available free of charge at https://www.familysearch.org/.  We will also discuss the Knowles Collection blog, which updates the activities in the collection.

W. Todd Knowles is an Accredited Genealogist who currently serves as a Deputy Chief Genealogy Officer at FamilySearch, where he has been employed for more than 25 years.  His personal family history story began at the age of 11, when he first discovered his own Jewish heritage.  That journey, which led to the Knowles Collection, still continues today. The Knowles Collection is six databases which contain the records of more than 1.5 million Jews.  The collection is available free of charge at https://www.familysearch.org/.  The collection also has a blog which provides updates on the records (https://knowlescollection.blogspot.com/).  Todd is a past president of the Utah Jewish Genealogical Society and currently serves as a trustee of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

Register for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

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

Topic: Loose Records in an Archive: What Are They?

Speaker: Melissa Barker

Genealogists use minute books, ledger books, and other bound records located in archives, libraries, and genealogical societies. Another type of record that genealogists should be seeking is called Loose Records. Learn what loose records are, what records groups they can be found in, and how they can benefit your research.

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives & Museum. She is known as The Archive Lady in the genealogy community. She writes a popular blog titled A Genealogist in the Archives. She has been a professional genealogist for the past 19 years with expertise in Tennessee records. She has been researching her own family history for the past 33 years.

Register for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

Monday, May 6, 2024

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

4:00 pm until 5:30 pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: Family Declassified

Speaker: Katherine Fennelly

Katherine Fennelly’s academic specializations are in demography, public health, and immigration policy. After learning of her Jewish heritage as an adult she began a very different kind of research—a study of the life of her maternal grandfather, Ferenc (Francis) Kalnay, a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who arrived in the United States 100 years ago. The result is Family Declassified, a book in which she describes how Kalnay became the head of an elite espionage unit for the Allied Forces and an award-winning children’s book author. Fennelly will discuss her motives, sources, and methods, including six years reviewing previously unexamined government records and conducting personal interviews and genealogical searches, to piece together the life of a man who hid his Jewish identity, the nature of his work as a spy, and the murder of his sister and nephew by Hungarian Nazis.

Katherine Fennelly is an emeritus professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She has an M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her site is https://www.katherinefennelly.com/.

Register for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

Monday, June 2, 2024

SFBAJGS Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

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

Topic: How I Found My Jewish American Family

Speaker: Daniel Horowitz

Family history research is a journey through time and sometimes through space, too! Join Daniel Horowitz on a tour of the main repositories and techniques used to discover his Jewish American family, and learn how you can also discover new information about your family tree.

Dedicated to genealogy since 1986, Daniel was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. He is a past board member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, is involved in several crowdsourced digitization and transcription projects, and holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). Since 2006 Daniel has been working at MyHeritage liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing and attending conferences around the world.

We are pleased to welcome Daniel, but it should be noted that SFBAJGS is not endorsing MyHeritage over any other product or service.

Register for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

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