Why Did My Father Know His Grandfather Had An Uncle Selig?

February 13, 2017
7:30 pm

American Jewish University, Sperber Library, Los Angeles CA

Speaker: Israel Pickholtz

Why Did My Father Know His Grandfather Had An Uncle Selig? Monday evening, February 13, 2017, 7:30 pm, at AJU Speaker: Israel Pickholtz More than twenty years before Israel Pickholtz began doing serious genealogy, his father sent him a postcard with three bits of family information. One of those was that Israel's great-grandfather Hersch Pikholz had an uncle Zelig. That information was very important in Israel's research over the last two decades, research that was helped along by traditional sources and more recently by genetic genealogy.  But even as he was progressing in his research, Israel could not shake the [...]

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Finding Vital Records Online – Beyond Ancestry.com and FamilySearch

March 6, 2017
7:30 pm

American Jewish University, Sperber Library, Los Angeles CA

Speaker: Ted Gostin

Finding Vital Records Online – Beyond Ancestry.com and Family Search Monday evening,   March 6, 2017   7:30 pm at AJU Speaker: Ted Gostin While many genealogists will stop their search for online vital records after reviewing the commercial site Ancestry.com and the Mormons’ FamilySearch website, there are a multitude of other places on the internet where one might find birth, marriage and death information. This lecture reviews and illustrates the breadth of other vital records sources available, including other online genealogy sites; local, county, and state level public agencies; and from public, university and college libraries, and historical and genealogical societies. Ted [...]

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nancy-biedermanJGSLA is so saddened to tell you that Nancy K. Biederman, our longtime Chief Financial Officer, died early Dec 1, 2016.

Nancy was a devoted and hard worker at JGSLA. In addition to handling our finances, she worked with a small committee to develop our new website, and also worked with a small committee handling the operations of the Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture fund.

In addition to JGSLA, Nancy worked diligently to successfully reverse the decision made by the Motion Picture & Television Fund to close the Long-term Care Facility, representing the organization evocatively named Saving the Lives of Our Own.

Nancy will be sorely missed.  This world is a lesser place without her.
Any Donations you wish to make to honor Nancy and her work can made in her name to Motion Picture Television Fund in Woodland Hills.

Support JGSLA with the purchase of
Jews in the Great War: Family Histories Retold
by Rosen, Lois Ogilby, ed.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, 2015.  208 pp.
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A Review by Marion Werle:  Jews in the Great War is a collection of 37 stories of the World War I experiences of Jews from all over the world. The stories and accompanying photos were initially exhibited at the 34th IAJGS Jewish genealogy conference, held in Salt Lake City in 2014. The book is partly a scrapbook and partly an exhibit catalog. The level of detail varies from story to story, the longest of which is 11 pages of narrative, photos and documents, with the typical entry consisting of a page or two of text accompanied by one or more photos and small family trees.      Read More


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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.