Past Meetings


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Date Topic Presenter Handout(s)
2017-03-06 Google and Its Tools for Genealogists
also 5 minute genealogical hint: How to Use Google Alerts
Mary Kathryn Kozy
Jan Meisels Allen
Google and Its Genealogy Tools
How to Use Google Alerts
2017-02-12 Annual Assisted Research Day at the LA FamilySearch Library   Barbara Algaze Handout
2017-01-08 Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research Warren Blatt Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research handout;
Online Slide Presentation (JewishGen)
2016-12-04 The Stedman Story: Mystery, Intrigue, Adoption and DNA: Jewish Genealogy Strategies Unravel a Family Mystery
and JGSCV's Annual Chanukah Celebration
Karen Franklin Dorot Article;
Resources for Adoptees
2016-11-07 Read All about It!: Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research Janice Sellers  
2016-10-16 Through the Golden Door - Immigration After the Civil War Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist  
2016-09-11 Manifest Destiny - Names at Ellis Island Joel Weintraub Manifest Destiny - Names at Ellis Island
2016-07-10 Genealogy in the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members & Guests  
2016-06-05 Exploring Legacy Family Tree Software Geoff Rasmussen Using the Latest Legacy Family Tree Software
2016-05-01 Creating New Witnesses to the Holocaust: Teaching the Holocaust Locally, Globally and Virtually Holli Levitsky, Ph.D. Summer Haven order form
2016-04-04 When It Takes A Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques Emily Garber When It Takes A Village
2016-03-06 Sephardic Records at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
also 5 minute genealogical hint: Passport Applications
Megan Lewis, USHMM

Jan Meisels Allen
Using USHMM digital resources;
Sephardic Resources at USHMM;
5-Min Hint: Passport Applications
2016-02-14 Assisted Research Afternoon at the LA Family History Library (LAFHL)   Barbara Algaze Handout
2016-01-03 Never Give Up - Strategies for Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable Marion Werle  
2015-12-13 Jews, Liquor, and Life in Eastern Europe Glenn Dynner, Ph.D.  
2015-11-02 Jewish Surnames Warren Blatt Surnames - 2015-1
2015-10-11 DNA Testing for Genealogy Jay Sage Presentation slides of "DNA for Genealogy" (PDF)
2015-08-02 Genealogy in the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members & Guests  
2015-06-07 DNA from a User's Perspective
also 5 minute genealogical hint: Yizkor Books as a Genealogical Tool
Mike Markowitz
Jan Meisels Allen
DNA from a User's Perspective;
Yizkor Books as a Genealogical Tool
2015-05-03 You Found the Records - Now What?
also 5 minute genealogical hint: Voter Registration Records
Marion Werle
Jan Meisels Allen
You've Found the Records -- Now What?;
Voter Registration Records
2015-04-12 Remembering the Holocaust Through Family History Using the Resources of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Megan Lewis Remembering the Holocaust through Family History using the resources of the USHMM
2015-03-01 Ancient Texts Lead to Genealogical Discoveries: The Lives Our Ancestors Led Janette Silverman, Ph.D. JTSA handout
2015-02-15 Annual Assisted Research Afternoon at the Los Angeles Family History Library (LAFHL)   Exploring the Family Search Website
2015-01-04 The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe Hal Bookbinder Changing Borders handout - 2015;
Polish border change video;
video of Europe, 4000 BCE to present;
History and borders of Lithuania, 1009-2009
2014-12-21 Smarter Searching Tips and Genealogy Methodology on Ancestry.com
and JGSCV's Annual Chanukah Celebration
Crista Cowan, "The Barefoot Genealogist"  
2014-11-03 The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk: Conducting Story-Driven Research Tammy Hepps  
2014-10-06 From Family History to History: Bridging the Gap Using Genealogy David Laskin  
2014-09-07 All About JewishGen Warren Blatt  
2014-08-10 Genealogy in the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members & Guests World War I Draft Registration Cards
2014-07-01 No meeting due to IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City, UT    
2014-06-01 Roundtable Discussions JGSCV Members & Guests Galicia SIG handout;
Polish Lecture;
Tracing Your Canadian Jewish Roots;
United States Resources
2014-05-04 Confronting the Holocaust: The United States Response - SS St.Louis Clara Knopfler  
2014-04-07 Sephardic Jews in Los Angeles Arthur Benveniste  
2014-03-02 A Hundred Germanies, A Hundred Jewish Histories Roger Lustig  
2014-02-09 Assisted Research Afternoon at the L.A. Family History Library (LAFHL)   Welcome to the Family History Library by Barbara Algaze, February, 2014
2014-01-05 For the Sake of the Children: The Letters between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr. Joan Adler  
2013-12-15 Smarter Searching on Ancestry.com
and JGSCV's Annual Chanukah Celebration
Crista Cowan, "The Barefoot Genealogist"  
2013-11-04 One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools (abbreviated) and Case Study using the One-Step Webpages (new lecture) Steve Morse presentation slides @ One-Step Webpages
2013-10-20 Second Computer Workshop Barbara Algaze Family Search Websites;
Genealogy Workshop 101
2013-10-06 Jewish Given Names Warren Blatt Given Names - 2013;
presentation slides @ JewishGen
2013-09-15 Beyond the Family Tree - Bringing Your Family Stories to Life Marion Werle Beyond the Family Tree Bibliography
2013-08-01 No meeting due to IAJGS International Conference in Boston, MA    
2013-07-14 Genealogy In The Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members & Guests  
2013-06-02 Lodz,The Manchester of Poland Debra Kay Blatt Lodz handout
2013-05-05 Obscure Records of Citizenship and Nationality Marian Smith Useful Tools to Access Obscure Records of Citizenship and Nationality
2013-04-07 Yom Hashoah Day - Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration JGSCV Members and friends  
2013-03-03 Researching Your Canadian Family Marion Werle Tracing Your Canadian Jewish Roots
2013-02-10 Assisted Research Afternoon at the L.A. Family History Library (LAFHL)    
2013-01-06 Jewish Genetic Disorders Across the Diaspora Catherine Quindipan and Gary Frohlich  
2012-12-02 Getting The Most Out of Ancestry.com Crista Cowan  
2012-11-05 From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: A Search for Jewish Roots Genie Milgrom  
2012-10-07 Jewish Surnames Warren Blatt  
2012-09-09 Ethics, Sensitivities, Sensibilities, & Property Rights, Part II Panel Presentation Get To Know Your Grandparents Celebrating Grandparents Day;
IAJGS Ethics Statement;
Association of Professional Genealogists Code of Ethics;
Board for Certification of Genealogists Code of Ethics;
National Genealogy Society Standards for Sound Genealogical Research
2012-08-05 Genealogy in the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members Cite Your Sources
2012-06-03 Ships of our Ancestors

also 5 minute genealogical hint: US Military records
Hal Bookbinder

Ships with 20 or more transatlantic crossings to NY Harbor between 1892 and 1924;
US Military records
2012-05-06 Visiting Your Ancestral Shtetl/Towns JGSCV Members and friends searching the 1940 Census/Yizkor Books on line
2012-04-01 The Holocaust and Sephardic Jews of the Balkans and North Africa Arthur Benveniste  
2012-03-04 Here Comes the 1940 US Census: We Are Ready Joel Weintraub 1940 Census handout
2012-02-12 Assisted Research Afternoon at the L.A. Family History Library (LAFHL)   Researching at the Los Angeles Family History Library
2012-01-08 Ethics, Sensitivities, Sensibilities and Property Rights Panel Presentation  
2011-12-11 From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask Stephen Morse From DNA to Genetic Genealogy;
Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly article
2011-11-07 How To Begin Your Genealogy Jan Meisels Allen  
2011-10-10 Finding Your Jewish Ancestors on Ancestry.com Crista Cowan  
2011-09-12 U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Hal Bookbinder 2011-09_Genealogy Tip of the Month
2011-07-17 Genealogy in the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members  
2011-06-05 Wrongful [Jewish] Wraskals of the West Ron Arons  
2011-05-01 The First Massive Jewish Deportation: To Camp de Gurs in 1940 Werner Frank  
2011-04-03 Jews of the Pacific Coast Ava F. Kahn Jews of the Pacific Coast;
31st IAJGS International Conference
2011-03-06 Assisted Research Afternoon at the L.A. Family History Library (LAFHL)    
2011-02-13 Why Did Our Ancestors Leave a Nice Place Like The Pale? Hal Bookbinder JewishGen;
Why Did our Ancestors Leave a Nice Place Like the Pale?
2011-01-09 Authors! Authors! Authors! Warren Blatt, Werner Frank, Erica Miller, Ph.D., Helene Rosen, Mark Abbott Stern & Sara Applebaum  
2010-12-06 Genetic Genealogy Demystified - Understanding and Interpreting Your DNA Results Elise Friedman Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Understanding and Interpreting Your DNA Results;
FTDNA Hanukah Promotion;
online slides: Jewish Genealogy By Genetics (JewishGen)
2010-11-08 An Introduction to Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research

also Preserving Heirlooms for Future Generations
Warren Blatt

Phoebe Frank
Polish Lecture - 2007;
online slides: Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research (JewishGen)

2010-10-04 Ost Meets West: Immigrant Film Moguls, Emigre Directors, and the Rise of Film Noir Vincent Brook  
2010-09-01 No Meeting Due to High Holidays    
2010-08-01 One Foot In America! The Jewish Emigrants of the Red Star Line and Eugeen Van Miegham Erwin Joos  
2010-07-01 No Meeting Due to IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy    
2010-06-27 Two presentations: Genealogical Resources in Latin America
and MyHeritage Research - Genealogy Super Search Engine
Daniel Horowitz Jewish Genealogical Resources in Latin America
2010-06-06 Current Trends and Recent Discoveries in Sephardi and Converso/Bnai Anousim Research Schelly Talalay Dardashti Resources Online for Sephardic Genealogy
2010-05-02 Genealogy in the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members  
2010-04-11 Hitler's Hidden Holocaust, A Documentary by National Geographic Channel.
also Red Cross Holocaust Tracing Services
Bob Rich, American Red Cross of Ventura County  
2010-03-07 Annie's Ghosts Steve Luxenberg Archival Records at the National Personnel Records Center;
Recent Archival Accessions;
Microfilm Unit Records Onsite Review
2010-02-01 Mapping Madness Ron Arons Mapping Madness Link List
2010-01-10 How to Begin Your Genealogy Debra Kay Blatt and Jan Meisels Allen  
2009-12-06 Hodge Podge of Lesser Known Gems
and Annual Chanukah Party
Steve Morse  
2009-11-08 Searching for Jewish Treasures Rabbi Shimon Paskow  
2009-10-05 Remembering the Victims: The Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Project Daniel Patrick Brown  
2009-09-01 No Meeting Due to High Holidays    
2009-08-30 Jewish Given Names

also Klutzmer Band (Eastern European) music concert.
Warren Blatt, Managing Director, JewishGen Jewish Given Names;
presentation slides @ JewishGen
2009-07-12 Facebook: The Ins & Outs of the On-Line Social Networking Way to Find Relatives and Others Michael Gallop JGSCV Facebook presentation
2009-06-07 Genealogy in the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members & Guests  
2009-05-03 Documentary Film: The World Was Ours, The Jewish Legacy of Vilna    
2009-04-05 Assisted Research Afternoon at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center (LARFHC)    
2009-03-01 Town Wide Research - Recreating Our Ancestral Shtetl: Ariogala, Lithuania Sonia and David Hoffman Town-Wide Research: Bringing Your Shtetl to Life
2009-02-08 Secret Jews: History and Culture of Crypto-Jews and Their Research For Jewish Roots and Identity Arthur Benveniste  
2009-01-04 The Musical 'Chicago' and all that Genealogical Jazz Ron Arons Websites for Jan2009
2008-12-08 One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools Steve Morse  
2008-11-10 Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People Jon Entine  
2008-10-05 Roundtable Discussions   Practicing Safe Computing
2008-09-07 Jewish Surnames

also Klutzmer Band (Eastern European) music concert.
Warren Blatt, Managing Director, JewishGen  
2008-06-29 Genealogical Records from the Holocaust -- The Breakthrough? Peter Lande, volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Addresses2;
Rabinowitz
2008-06-01 Genealogy In The Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls JGSCV Members & Guests Captured WWII Nazi Still and Aerial Photographs
2008-05-04 Commemorating Yom Hashoah Day (Holocaust Memorial Day) Holocaust documentary: Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust   Pages of Testimony submission form
2008-04-06 Exclusive Research Day at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center (LARFHC)   Preparing for the Exclusive Research Afternoon at the LARFHC
2008-03-02 100 years of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring Eric Gordon, President, Workmen's Circle, Los Angeles  
2008-02-10 Using Maps In Genealogical Research Robert Sherins, M.D. Using Maps in Genealogical Research
2008-01-06 Documenting Immigrants to America, 1882-1954 Marian L. Smith, historian, U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Immigration and Naturalization Records
2007-12-09 Using the Internet Beyond JewishGen & Steve Morse's Website
and Annual Chanukah Party
Ron Arons

The Internet Beyond JewishGen & Steve Morse's Website
2007-11-11 How The Jews Won The West Gladys Sturman  
2007-10-14 How To Begin Your Genealogy Research, Part IV: How to use Family History Centers and Microfilms in your Research Debra Kay Blatt and Warren Blatt How to Use a Family History Center
2007-08-19 Highlights of the 2007 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. JGSCV Members  
2007-07-01 No meeting due to IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy    
2007-06-10 Jewish Genealogy and DNA Testing Bennett Greenspan, President and Founder, Family Tree DNA Family Tree DNA Order Form
2007-05-06 Genealogy In the Round - Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls. JGSCV Members & Guests  
2007-04-15 There Once Was A Town: award winning PBS documentary on a visit to an ancestral shtetl narrated by Actor Ed Asner.    
2007-03-18 Navigating the New York and Federal Censuses with Fewer Tears Joel Weintraub, Steve Morse Associate and One-Step Database Manager  
2007-02-11 Lesser Known Resources at the National Archives and Records Administration Randy Thompson, Archivist, NARA  
2007-01-07 How To Begin Your Genealogy Research, Part lll: Newspaper and Yizkor Books Jan Meisels Allen and Werner Frank Newspaper and Yizkor Book Sources
2006-12-10 Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky - The Men Behind the Flamingo Hotel Ron Arons  
2006-11-15 Genealogist as Detective: Solving Mysteries Using HIAS Case File Valery Bazarov, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) HIAS Location and Family History Department;
HIAS Search Form
2006-10-01 No Meeting Due to High Holidays    
2006-09-17 Our Heritage and Our Health Gary Frohlich  
2006-08-01 IAJGS Conference in New York City. No JGSCV meeting.    
2006-07-09 Detecting Faults and Errors in Genealogical Sources Werner Frank  
2006-06-11 The Wayfarers Stuart Tower Romanian Sources
2006-05-07 The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe Hal Bookbinder The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe
2006-04-09 How To Begin Your Genealogy Research, Part II: Using the Internet Jan Meisels Allen, Debra Kay Blatt and Warren Blatt Military Records Sites and City Directories on the Internet
2006-03-05 The Children of Terezin After the showing of this film, its producer Stewart Bernstein will discuss the making of the documentary  
2006-02-05 Jewish Treasures in the Ventura County Museum Charles Johnson, Librarian and Associate Director, Ventura County Museum  
2006-01-08 How To Begin Your Genealogy Research Jan Meisels Allen, Debra Kay Blatt & Hal Bookbinder How Do I Get Started;
Suggested Questions to Ask During Interviews
2005-12-04 Putting Flesh On The Bones Ron Arons  
2005-11-13 Jewish Life In China During the Past Thousand Years Werner Frank  
2005-10-23 An Introduction to JewishGen Databases Warren Blatt  
2005-09-25 Researching Your Relatives That Came Through Ellis Island Hal Bookbinder, Debra Kay Blatt & Werner Frank Entities Shown on Ship Manifests as Required by USA Government;
presentation: Basic Information Sources