Jan Meisels Allen
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Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research at Temple Adat Elohim

January 8, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The presentation will provide a general overview and introduction to researching your Polish-Jewish ancestry. Included: a history of Polish border changes, geography and place-name changes;  how to find and locate your ancestral shtetl and historical information;  the vital records-keeping system in Poland; how to find and translate birth, marriage and death records;  Polish-Jewish surnames and given names, language spelling and grammar issues;  and  Yizkor books See More
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Oct 16
Jan Meisels Allen posted an event

mmigration After the Civil War at Temple Adat Elohim

October 16, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
America’s doors were open to all before the Civil War, with few restrictions. Afterwards, the laws began tightening, with exclusions, quotas, even required visas. How did the immigration laws affect your ancestors who immigrated after the Civil War? What hoops did they have to jump through to enter America’s “golden door”?See More
Sep 4
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Manifest Destiny-Names at Ellis Island at Temple Adat Elohim

September 11, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
About 70% of immigrants to the U.S. during 1892 through 1924 came through the Ellis Island immigration station.  The island’s history including the Wall of Honor, and the changing questions on ship manifest forms will be shown.   The pressures of the "Great Migration" eventually led to immigration quotas.  The persistent myth of name changes at Ellis Island will be analyzed.  About twenty percent of processed immigrants ended up on detention/special inquiry sheets, and will be shown where those…See More
Jul 16
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Genealogy in the Round at Temple Adat Elohim

July 10, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall, or genealogical artifact! This is YOUR meeting—We all learn from one another—take this opportunity to share your genealogical story—success or failure, ask questions about your brick walls, and more!If you wish to participate in the program, please contact Jan Meisels Allen at president@JGSCV.org.See More
Jun 8
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Exploring Legacy Family Tree Software at Temple Adat Elohim

June 5, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
 Learn how Legacy Family Tree software helps you plan, research, and share your family tree. See how Legacy helps you write sources correctly and easily, Evidence Explained style, and learn how to create shareable CDs, migration maps, customized wall charts, publish books, get automated research suggestions, and much more. See More
May 6
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Teaching the Holocaust Locally, Globally and Virtually at Temple Adat Elohim

May 1, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Dr. Levitsky will talk on how the Holocaust was experienced in the Jewish Catskills vacation areas and why she wrote a book about it; why the Shoah continues to be so important, and how the Shoah is being made relevant to the next generations. She will focus on the importance of teaching the Holocaust to new generations and how to make it relevant in a globalized, digitally connected world. See More
Apr 8
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When It Takes A Village at Temple Adat Elohim

April 4, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
    Sometimes tracking one’s immigrant ancestors tests all one’s research acumen. Identifying individuals, their origins, and parentage; tracking them through time; and constructing biographies to place them in their social context is best approached by broadening one’s approach to include family members, associates and neighbors. This presentation will outline a research program for solving genealogical research problems via cluster and collateral research techniques. See More
Mar 8
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Sephardic Records at the US Holocaust Museum at Temple Adat Elohim

March 6, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The Holocaust affected all the Jewish communities in Europe, including Sephardic communities in Greece, Bulgaria, other parts of the Balkans, North Africa and the Netherlands.  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum holds both wartime and prewar records for many of these collections.  The Museum's library holds an extensive collection of rare books about Sephardic history, culture and language. Megan Lewis will discuss the USHMM’s Sephardic collection and how to best research the records.See More
Feb 15
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Afternoon at Family History Library at Family History Library

February 14, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm
Experienced JGSCV members and Family History Library volunteers will be available to help members at the  L.A. Family History Library's -- resources, including computer assistance with many popular genealogical databases including Ancestry.com FindMyPast, Fold3.com, MyHeritage (Library edition), ProQuest Obituaries, World Vital Records, and more! The LAFHL has many computers so everyone can use them simultaneously. In addition, there are Jewish microfilms of Eastern Europe and a selection of…See More
Jan 8
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Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level at Temple Adat Elohim

January 3, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
This program is a collection of “I wish I knew that when I was starting out” tips to maximize your research efforts. The speaker will share insights learned about how to extract information that isn’t immediately obvious from a wide variety of sources. Topics include names and name variations, strategies for researching common names, revisiting old research with new eyes, obtaining the most out of the records you find, alternate approaches to solving genealogical problems, differences in search…See More
Dec 2, 2015
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Jews, Liquor & Eastern European Life at Temple Adat Elohim

December 13, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
In pre-modern Poland the Jewish-run tavern was often the center of hospitality, business and even religious festivities.  The tavernkeepers became integral to both local economies and local social life. Reformers & government officials sought to drive Jews out of the liquor trade. Nobles often helped their Jewish tavernkeepers evade fees, bans and expulsions. The result – a vast underground Jewish liquor trade – reflects an impressive level of local Polish Jewish co-existence .that…See More
Nov 4, 2015
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Jewish Surnames at temple Adat Elohim

November 2, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
Learn when Jewish surnames were first used in various countries, how they developed, and their transformation upon immigration. This presentation will dispel several common myths about Jewish surnames. Classifications of surnames will include: patronymic/matronymic, toponymic, occupational, artificial, religious, and acronyms. Discover which Jewish surnames are the most common in the U.S., Eastern Europe and Israel, as well as sources for learning more about your surnames and how they may be…See More
Oct 11, 2015
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DNA from a User's Perspective at Temple Adat Elohim

June 7, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
DNA is a powerful tool for genealogy research. But understanding how DNA work is a little more complicated. There are several types of DNA testing:Y-DNA, X-DNA, mTDNA and autosomal. This presentation will provide a basic understanding of DNA, the different type of testing and how it is being used in genealogy research. Learn about DNA from a user’s perspective.See More
May 6, 2015
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You found the records, now what? at Temple Adat Elohim

May 2, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Jewish genealogy is focused on finding records, but not necessarily what to do with them once you find them.  What do you do when records show your grandfather with six different birthdates? When you have contradictory records, what should you believe? Did our ancestors ever lie to authorities? This interactive presentation will focus on questions to ask about the records you find and how to build a case to prove identities, ages, residence and other facts See More
Mar 31, 2015
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Remembering the Holocaust via Family History at Temple Adat Elohim

April 12, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Holocaust remembrance and Jewish genealogy closely intertwine.  Arthur Kurzweil wrote, “When the Nazis rounded up our relatives, they took away their names and gave them numbers. Genealogists are taking away the numbers and giving them back their names.”  By doing so family historians humanize the history of the Holocaust in ways historians do not,  Megan Lewis will look at ways genealogists can use the resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum such as oral histories to find the…See More
Mar 3, 2015

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