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Sunday, February 2, 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, February 9, 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 Map
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

Monday, February 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: Book 'em, Dano! Publishing Your Family's Story
Speaker: Jeff Lewy

Learn how to create and publish the stories of your family history without having to become a professional author first. Jeff Lewy will explain how he wrote down the family stories he acquired from others, added old photos, filled in some of the gaps with his own research, and used an online publisher/printer to create an inexpensive book his relatives are buying and telling others about. This can be helpful for your research: documenting the family history, attracting other family members to share what they know, and sparking interest among younger family members to learn about their family history through storytelling.

Jeff Lewy is the treasurer of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. He became interested in genealogy to make sense of family photos going back four generations in the U.S. and Europe and to learn about the people in the photos. Most of his family lines arrived in the U.S. in the 1840's and 1850's, mostly in Alabama, before settling in Chicago by 1870. His family tree now includes seven or more generations for most of his family lines, and lots of interesting stories about many of his forebears.

Sunday, March 22, 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: 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 19, 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: 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

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 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, 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.

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