JSGCV members and friends will give presentations on different aspects of the holocaust from their personal history. Join JGSCV for this commemoration.Ruth Drobman a holocaust survivor, will discuss Kristalnacht, the Kindertransport and how she fled Berlin in 1939 on the last train out to go to Sweden. Ruth will also talk about how they had to hide her father before they got out.Werner Frank, a holocaust survivor, will report on the 1940 deportation of over 6,000 German Jews to Camp de Gurs,…See More
Were your ancestors Canadian immigrants? Did your family immigrate to the US and later decide to settle in Canada? Did your family migrate to the US via a Canadian port? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this program is for you. Speaker Marion Werle will discuss the major sources of Canadian genealogical records and will cover ship manifests, naturalization records, the Canadian census and census substitutes, city directories, voter registration records, 1940 residence records,…See More
Two certified genetic counselors will be talking about various Jewish genetic disorders that affect different Jewish populations. They will talk about the importance of knowing our family health history—an integral part of genealogy—and the increased risks of inherited diseases of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews. Included in the discussion will be BRCA testing (breast and ovarian cancer) as well as Tay-Sachs, Gaucher and Familial Dysautonomia in the Ashkenazi Jewish community and a novel…See More
Join us for a meeting with speaker Crista Cowan, Community Alliance Manager for Ancestry.com. Do you have an Ancestry.com subscription (or are you thinking about getting one?) but suspect that you are only using a fraction of what can be done with the powerful tools and resources available on this website? Spend an afternoon with Crista Cowan, the "Barefoot Genealogist", as she shares what’s new on Ancestry.com. She’ll show you how to access key record collections to assist with your Jewish and…See More
Genie Milgrom will discuss her genealogical journey through time as she criss-crossed the planet for her Converso or Marrano roots. Milgrom was able to document fully an unbroken maternal lineage of 15 grandmothers going back to the late 1400’s. She will tell us her personal story and explain in detail the methods she used to open up the Jewish history of the small village in Spain where her ancestors resided for over 500 years. Today she is still very active and preserving her findings in the…See More
The History of Jewish surnames – Their Origins, Types, and EtymologiesLearn 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…See More
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County* (JGSCV) (*and surrounding areas) will hold a general meeting and program. Last January’s panel of the same topic was so popular we promised to do a Part II with some different panelists and different issues. How do ethics relate to family history and genealogy? The list ranges from ensuring the integrity of our research, acknowledging the intellectual property of others, not publishing false or misleading information,…See More
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. Each participant will be given 5-10 minutes to share—depending on the number of presenters. Whether you are a JGSCV member or a potential…See More
Much has been written and many documentaries and dramas have been made concerning the Holocaust. Overwhelmingly, these deal with the horrors experienced by the Jews of Eastern Europe. Less well known is the plight of the Sephardic Jews of the Balkans and North Africa. Arthur Benveniste’s talk will focus on the story of the Jews of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and North Africa. He will include the personal stories of people he has known from Salonika, Athens, Rhodes and Morocco and will cover…See More
The 1940 U. S. census will become available to the public on April 2, 2012, 72 years after it was taken. This census introduced sampling, organized publicity, and an emphasis on economic questions. Some standard questions were dropped, while new ones were added. The census has been digitized by the National Archives and will be available on-line. However, there will not be a name index on opening day, therefore, initially, locational techniques for finding people will be necessary. Joel…See More
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) presents an Assisted Research Afternoon at the L.A. Family History Library (LAFHL) - (on grounds of the LDS Temple). This special program is open only to current dues paid members of JGSCV! Anyone may join or renew their membership with JGSCV at the door.Experienced JGSCV members and Family History Library volunteers will be available to help members get the most out of the L.A. Family History Library’s resources.See More
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County* (JGSCV) (*and surrounding areas) presents its monthly meeting and speaker. His talk introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA, and goes on to show how DNA is inherited. That knowledge of inheritance can be used for finding relatives you didn't know you had, learning about your very distant ancestors and the route they traveled, and determining if you are a Jewish high priest (Kohen).See More
Have you been wondering how to begin your genealogy? Have you been working on your genealogy for a while and need some ideas of where to focus next? Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned genealogist there is something for everyone to learn in this program covering family documents, time lines, census records, immigration and naturalization records, family photos, interviewing techniques, newspaper research…and more!
Crista Cowan from Ancestry.com will focus on using Ancestry.com resources to locate your Jewish ancestors. Join us to learn more about unleashing the full potential of Ancestry.com on your family history.