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Sunday, March 22, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation POSTPONED to December 6

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.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Brainstorming with the Mavens CANCELED

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 19, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation POSTPONED TO AUGUST 2

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: Jewish Records Indexing Day
Facilitated by: Jeff Lewy and Pierre Hahn, Coordinators

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.

Monday, April 27, 2020

SFBAJGS Presentation POSTPONED TO AUGUST 24

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: 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.


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Brainstorming with the Mavens ?

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 17, 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: MyHeritage Unique Technologies to Research Your Family & How a Record Match Almost Led Me to an Insane Asylum

Speaker: Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage

MyHeritage Unique Technologies to Research Your Family
An overview of new and previous features available in MyHeritage. You will learn how to navigate across the tree, invite and share information to work collaboratively with family members and other researchers in 42 languages. Take advantage of Matches, Discoveries, Statistics, PedigreeMap, Events, ConsistencyChecker, Global Name Translation, and other technologies MyHeritage has, to help you find long-lost relatives and historical records for every person in your family tree.

How a Record Match Almost Led Me to an Insane Asylum

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 just 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 genealogy 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.


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Brainstorming with the Mavens

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 15, 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: Adoption and Misattributed Parentage Events: DNA-based Research Strategies

Speaker: Meredith Sellers

Hoping to shed light on adoption and misattributed parentage events in your own family tree? Eager to use your skills to help adoptees connect with biological family members? Join us to discover how the results of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, Leeds analysis tools, and “What Are the Odds Trees” can help solve decades-old mysteries. The talk will also address the challenges and nuances of these DNA-based research strategies for those of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.

Meredith Sellers is a genealogist with a passion for integrating traditional archival research with learnings from direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Most recently, she has applied these interests by serving as a volunteer “search angel” with the DNA Detectives and Search Squad Facebook communities. Professionally, Meredith is a technical consultant with a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and the author of numerous books, journal articles, and patents.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch History Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Bring Your Own Brick Wall
Speaker:
Oakland SFBAJGS experts

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, August 23, 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: Story Lines: Beyond the Family Tree

Speaker: Nancy Siegel

You've done the research, gathered facts and photos, and created a family tree. How can you bring these fragments together to create compelling narratives? You don’t have to write a book! These narratives can take various shorter forms, including profiles of particular ancestors, accounts of your family's lives 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. This session will help you get started!

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 successes as well as to list other avenues of research that could be helpful to readers. Since 2019, Nancy has also served in the volunteer position of Director of Communications for JewishGen.

Monday, August 24, 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: Jewish Records Indexing Day
Facilitated by: Jeff Lewy and Pierre Hahn, Coordinators

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 evening, 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.

Sunday, September 13, 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: 20th Century Immigration and Naturalization Records

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.

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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