Bubbie, Who Are You? 

Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree

Monday, June 6, 2016
7:30 p.m.

American Jewish University, Sperber Library
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel-Air, CA 90077
Janice M. SellersFemale relatives can be difficult to trace, but they can be found.
This presentation introduces resources for tracing the women in your family, many of which are available online, including oral histories, federal and state census records, immigration records, vital records, church records, journals, newspapers, legal and court records, library archives, and manuscript collections.
Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist who is passionate about her work.  She loves to research her own family and everyone else’s and will talk your ear off about genealogy given the chance.  She specializes in Jewish, black, forensic, and newspaper research, edits three genealogy publications, and serves on the boards of three genealogy societies.

Her Web site is ancestraldiscoveries.com

Members free,  guests $5

“Manifest Destiny”

Names at Ellis Island

Joel Weintraub

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 1:30 PM

American Jewish University, Sperber Library

15600 Mulholland Drive

Bel-Air, CA 90077

       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.  Twenty percent of processed immigrants ended up on detention sheets, and we will find out where those can be found. Finally,  we will introduce all four (4!) of the ship name indexes.  After this talk the audience should have a clear idea of the process the immigrants went through, and a greater appreciation of the manifest as a genealogy research tool.  Be prepared to try to successfully negotiate the “Island of Tears” and avoid deportation by Joel!  Original material will be displayed.

    Joel Weintraub,  a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton and won awards for his science teaching.  He volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration.   Joel created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse “One-Step” website.  He and Steve are currently developing locational tools for the 2022 release of the 1950 federal census.   Joel has written and talked on NYC and Federal census research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island, biographical research, and Jewish genealogy topics.

Joel Weintraub 2016
Members free,  guests $5

Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture Planned for Annual Conference

Pamela WeisbergerThe Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles is pleased to announce the first Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture to be given at the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (www.IAJGS2016.org) on Monday 8 August at 8:30 PM.  The speaker is the distinguished, Samuel Kassow, Ph.D. The title of the lecture is:

History and Catastrophe: The Secret Warsaw Ghetto Archive   of Emanuel Ringelblum

During World War II Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen and paper. Even in the face of death they left “time capsules” full of documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. This will be their story.

Professor Kassow is the Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and the Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar in Eastern European Jewish History at YIVO. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is the author of several books, including Who Will Write Our History? which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and which has been translated into 7 languages.  Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg are currently making a documentary film based on this book. Professor Kassow was involved with the development of the POLIN Museum of Jewish History in Warsaw, Poland and continues to be involved with the Museum. A child of Holocaust survivors, Professor Kassow was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany.

This is the first in a planned series of lectures to honor the memory of Pamela Weisberger who passed  away September 25, 2015 following a brief illness. Pamela had a major impact on the lives of many in the global Jewish genealogical community. She dedicated herself to numerous genealogical pursuits including the important work of promoting and producing exceptional programs for JGSLA, and to the service of its members by assuming a leadership role in the society from 2003-2015.  Acting as JGSLA’s Vice President, Programming for over a decade, she was also the president of Gesher Galicia for eight years. Pamela’s energy was boundless and she gave 100% to both organizations. A dynamic speaker with contagious enthusiasm, she also lectured extensively at genealogical conferences and to societies in different parts of the world. She was a superstar in the world of genealogy; her passion for genealogy was an inspiration to many of us. Pamela’s creativity and flair for programming for JGSLA is commemorated with the JGSLA Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture (PWML). Depending on funding,the PWML will sponsor a series of distinguished lectures of Jewish genealogical interest at various future genealogical conferences.


To donate to the Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture, please use the PayPal button [below]. You may also mail a check payable to JGSLA to: JGSLA, Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture, PO Box 55443, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413. Please include your email address in a note or in the memo section of your check so that we may acknowledge your donation.  Thank you.

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

Founded in 1979, the Society has over 500 members and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We hold monthly meetings providing a mix of lectures and films to assist our members in their family history research and twice-yearly research workshops with volunteer helpers and translators.


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