Join the JGSLA for our next program:

Sunday, April 6, 2014
12:30-6:00 PM

Assisted Research Day at the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
With a special focus on New York City Records Research lead by
professional genealogist, heir-search and probate specialist, Jordan Auslander
Program open only to JGSLA members – but you can join at the door!

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
10741 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles
Click here for directions


Join us for our popular spring afternoon of mentor-guided research using the microfilms, books, records and databases at the LAFSL with free access to, FindMyPast (UK records) & and expand your knowledge about New York City research. Between 1820 and 1920 over 82% of immigrants to the United States came through the port of New York. Even if they migrated elsewhere, over 100,000,000 Americans have an ancestral paper trail that involves New York City. Learn how to trace your New York ancestors, whether they were passing through or called it home, in the two New York research classes which will cover online and in-person resources.


The JGSLA is again offering free document translations in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish, German and Russian by expert, professional translators. Translation appointments for 25 minutes will run from 1:00PM – 5:00PM. Please mail appointment requests to: before March 31st. Put “JGSLA Translations” in the subject line and provide language, time preferences (several, please) and contact into. You will receive notice of your appointment about ten days before the event.

The following classes will be offered.

1:30PM – 2:30PM: Gotham Genealogy: Researching NYC Records – Jordan Auslander
Between 1820 and 1920 over 82% of immigrants to the United States came through the port of New York. Even if they migrated elsewhere, over 100,000,000 Americans have an ancestral paper trail that involves New York City. Learn how to trace your New York ancestors, whether they were passing through or called it home. This talk will cover both online and on-site resources for all boroughs in New York City.

2:45PM – 3:15PM: IAJGS 2014 Conference Preview – Hal Bookbinder, IAJGS Conference co-chair
Get a preview about the programs and special events taking place at this summer’s IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City.

3:30PM – 4:30PM: 31 Chambers St: New York City Research Top to Bottom – Jordan Auslander
An inventory of what’s available to the researcher at NYC’s “Mall of records” including vital records, old maps of New York, probate and voter records and the 7th floor “Hall of Old Records, which holds old directories, Supreme Court Naturalization books, old court cases, and divorce records.

5:00PM – 5:30PM: Screening: “Genealogy Goes to the Movies” – Jordan Auslander
An entertaining montage which shows how genealogy has been misrepresented in popular film and television, where Hollywood doesn’t let accuracy get in the way of a good story. The results can be both infuriating in perpetuating myths and hilarious, from a 1930 take on the future 1980 census and the mythological “name changing at Ellis Island” to science fiction, where it’s still not “all on the Internet,” and shoot-outs in cemeteries. Jordan will give a brief introduction and take questions after.

Jordan Auslander

Jordan Auslander

Jordan Auslander is a New York based professional genealogist, lecturer and expert witness. Since 1982 he has pursued real estate histories and title search in addition to genealogy, across the United States, Europe and Israel. He’s published an index to vital records in the Slovak State Archive system, an alphabetized translation of “Magyaroszag Helsegneutara,” the gazetteer of 1877 Hungary. He served on the board of the JGSNY from 1994-96 and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. Theatrical writing and acting pretensions applied in “Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogist” which won a 2008 Telly award and has hosted the always hilarious and reliably inappropriate “Jewish Genealogy Game Show Night” at many IAJGS conferences.

Only current, paid JGSLA members may attend this meeting, but if you want to join (or renew) you can do so at the door. If you have a friend who wants to get started in genealogical research and join our society, this is the perfect meeting to invite them to!

FOOD: No food in the classrooms or research area, but you can brown bag your lunch in the lunchroom at the rear of the library and there are vending machines, a refrigerator and microwave for our use.

DIRECTIONS: Plenty of free parking. Enter Eastbourne Ave. off of Manning, turn right up driveway and look for the low building on the left after passing the church. Check our directions:

NOTE: You can order films from the larger FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City to be delivered to the Los Angeles library for a small fee. Instructions are here. This takes a few weeks and you need to set up a free account:

Here is the website for the Library where you can search to see what films they have :

Remember to reserve your translation time by contacting Pamela Weisberger:



Upcoming JGSLA Meetings


Monday, March 3, 2014 – 7:30 PM
“A Hundred Germanies: A Hundred Jewish Histories” with Roger Lustig, GER-SIG Coordinator
Santa Monica Synagogue, Santa Monica (members free, guests $5.00)

Sunday, April 6, 2014 – 12:30 – 6:00PM
Assisted Research Day at the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
Translators in Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Polish and Russian, plus two New York City research classes, including: “Gotham Genealogy: Researching New York City”
and a screening of “Genealogy Goes to the Movies” with Jordan Auslander. (No guests. JGLSA members only!)

Monday, April 28, 2014 – 7:30PM
“Searching The Censuses Of The City Of New York” with Joel Weintraub
Toyota Auto Museum, Torrance

Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 7:30PM
“My 15 Grandmothers: Rediscovering Jewish Roots, from the Spanish Inquisition to the Present,” with Genie Milgrom
Milgrom – University Synagogue, West Lost Angeles

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 7:30PM
What’s in a Name? Trouble! – Ron Arons (West coast talk premiere!)
Wilshire Boulevard Temple, West Los Angeles

Sandy Malek, President []
Pamela Weisberger, Program VP []

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sharing of genealogical information, techniques and research tools with those who are interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

Founded in 1979, the Society has grown to over 500 members and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We publish a quarterly journal, “Roots-Key,” and hold monthly meetings and twice-yearly research workshops which provide a varied mix of lectures and films to assist our members in their family history research.


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