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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The SFBAJGS is pleased to be the co-sponsor of this presentation by the Jewish Community Library:

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

6:00 until 7:00 pm, Pacific Time
At Your Home

Topic: Nuestra America: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation MORE INFO

Speaker: Claudio Lomnitz

In Nuestra America, Claudio Lomnitz traces his family’s experiences across Romania, Peru, Colombia, Israel, California, Mexico, Chile, and beyond. Weaving the stories of Jews like them, who fled Europe to South America, with the complex web of Latin American history, Nuestra America is a narrative of exile and immigration that transcends genre to reveal the complex and subtle connections between South American radical movements and Jewish emancipation and exile in the early 20th century.

Claudio Lomnitz, a professor of anthropology at Columbia University, is an anthropologist, historian, and critic who works broadly on Latin American culture and politics. Lomnitz’s books include Death and the Idea of Mexico and The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón, among many others. As a regular columnist in the Mexico City paper La Jornada and as a dramaturgist, he is committed to bringing historical and anthropological understanding into public debate.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

SFBAJGS Online Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

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

Topic: Street Names and Numbers: Grid Changes, Renaming, and More

Speaker: Thomas MacEntee, GenealogyBargains.com

We will review the history of street naming and learn how to break down street address data.  We’ll cover street grid changes for towns and cities as well as how to track “missing” streets.  Learn how to use innovative online tools to visualize a specific street address and the information you need to know when working with street names and addresses.

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during the Great Recession of 2008?  You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder, and more.

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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, April 19, 2021

SFBAJGS Online Presentation ZOOM

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

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

Topic: Organizing Family History with Photos

Speaker: Susan Gerbic

As many people know, organizing any box of photos can be intimidating and stressful: How do you start and what do you do first? Imagine how stressful it can be when you have far more than a box, but many boxes, and photo albums that are wasting away. Susan will talk about how to start and organize medium and large projects concerning family history with photos. Her main emphasis will be on the organizational part of the project. How do you set goals? Understanding what you are attempting to do is as important as doing the job itself. While the technology involved will be covered, it is not the main focus of the talk. Photo preservation will NOT be discussed.

Susan Gerbic has organized and journaled her family's large collection of clippings, letters, photos, videos, and more. She was chief photographer and manager of a portrait studio for 34 years and holds a B.A. in social history. She firmly believes that photos are more usable in digital form than on paper.

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, 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.

We are pleased to welcome Daniel to explain all the intricacies of what MH has to offer, but it should be noted that the SFBAJGS is not endorsing this product over any other.

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 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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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, 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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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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