Thursday, September 12, 2013

JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County September 15 Meeting--Beyond the Family Tree- Bringing Your Stories to Life

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County(JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday,  September 15, 2013 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Beyond the Family Tree – Bringing Your Family Stories to Life

When you bring out your family tree and genealogy reports at a family gathering, do your relatives’ eyes glaze over? Are you overwhelmed with data after so many years of research and wonder how to tell your family’s story without getting lost in the details? Have you done so much research that you don’t even know where to start in telling your family’s tale? If so, this program is for you. Marion Werle will discuss approaches to adding interest to your family stories. She will cover what to write about, where to begin and how to keep from being overwhelmed. She will discuss various techniques, how to add background and context to make your ancestor come alive and using timelines to help tell your story. She will also discuss the importance of sharing your own life history.

Speaker: Marion Werle, began her family history research over 17 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. She is on the board of JGSCV, is a past president of the Latvia SIG and has also been on the board of JGSLA.  She is a member of the SCGS Writers Group and has attended a number of lectures on family history writing, and has several writing projects in progress. She has master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA.
Our schmoozing corner, which starts 20 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Debra Kay-Blatt, JGSCV Secretary and founding member. This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.
In lieu of the 5-minute genealogical hint, we will show the new 7-minute JewishGen video that premiered at the recent IAJGS Boston Conference.
Our traveling library will have categories A -D books that have not been placed in our permanent library. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our website www.jgscv.org  under traveling library. Note the books that are in the process of be transferred to the permanent library at the Agoura Hills Library have not been noted until the process is complete.

See our website for directions, future meetings and more information on the JGSCV  www.jgscv.org

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.
(www.jgscv.org ). There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid are good through December 2013.

For more information about JGSCV, including directions for the meeting see our website www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV


[USA] National Archives Know Your Records With Genealogy Clinics and Records Lectures

Published by: Jan Meisels Allen



If you missed the recent excellent [USA] National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair you may catch it again at http://tinyurl.com/c3qry5
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On that site scroll down to “view live broadcast”  and click on the US Stream—once there click on the right side for day one or day two and chose which sessions you wish to watch.  You may also download the handouts from the sessions.

The [USA] National Archives announced their “Know Your Records” programs and lists a number of genealogy related  lectures—held on Tuesdays at the National Archives in Washington DC with some repeated in their College Park, MD location There are also genealogy programs that are offered on various days of the week at the National Archives Washington DC location. 
For more information see: http://tinyurl.com/28bnx26

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Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Google Search By Country

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



Many of us use Google Search for help in our genealogical research.  Genealogy InTime Magazine recently published an updated guide to Google Search by Country. Google runs different search engines in different parts of the world. Using the correct Google Search will greatly enhance your search findings!  There are about 100 different county specific Google Search Engine links at the end of the article from Afghanistan to Zambia. To read the article go to: http://tinyurl.com/nfsjty5 Original url: http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/genealogy_guide_to_google_country_search_engines_page1.html?awt_l=OGFPY&awt_m=JmBu15SHMAk.Vy

 Google is a general search engine, but to do genealogy searches, the Genealogy Search Engine for name and town searches may also be of assistance  See: http://tinyurl.com/3dzxxu2


Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


FamilySearch Adds Jewish Records of Mantova, Italy

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



FamilySearch added the following records to their growing inventory of records: births, marriages, and deaths within the custody of the Archive for the Israelite Community of Mantova (Archivio della Communit√† Israelitica di Mantova).  There are 304 images, which have not been indexed. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2215192.  To read about this collection go to: http://tinyurl.com/pzg7859

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To view the records you must register on FamilySearch with a username and password of your choosing. Accessing the records are free.

Birth (nati) records 1770-1815, death(morti) 1770-1771 and marriage (matrimoni) 1772-1776  To access the records go to: http://tinyurl.com/objelzd

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Thank you to Emily Garber and her blog  The Extra Yad for alerting us to this new trove of Italian Jewish records.


Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Ancestry and FamilySearch Join In 5-Year Collaborative Agreement to Make 1 Billion Global Records Available Online

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International ( familysearch.org )  announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault.  The announcement states that Ancestry.com plans to put in $60 million over the next 5 years and FamilySearch will put in thousands of volunteer hours for this collaborative partnership—this marks a major investment in international content. The statement also talks about other collaborative ways to share content between the two organizations.  The two organizations have already shared a number of genealogical records making them available to the broader genealogical community.

To read the announcement go to: http://tinyurl.com/mzwh4rw

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Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee