Join the JGSLA for our next program:
Monday, March 3, 1024 – 7:30PM
Santa Monica Synagogue
1448 18th Street, Santa Monica 90404
A Hundred Germanies: A Hundred Jewish Histories
with Roger Lustig, GerSIG Coordinator
The holy Roman Empire is neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.—Voltaire
Yet the “Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation” was German, and it defined what “German” meant. It was also the home of an ancient Jewish culture—dating back to the real Romans—and hundreds of Jewish communities, large and small. Until 1871 Germany’s Jews were subjects of dozens of different states, each with different laws and attitudes toward its Jewish population. Napoleon emancipated most of Germany’s Jews and led Prussia to do likewise for almost all the rest; but as soon as he was gone, the many German states—most with new boundaries—returned their Jews to one or another special legal status. Those legal statuses, combined with the different forms of government in the various states, make the researcher’s job more complicated, because the same type of information—birth, change of residence, etc.—might be kept by different authorities and in different ways. My talk will begin by reviewing where the larger Jewish congregations and rural communities lived in Germany, and how to determine which states ruled over them at a given time. Then I will present examples of how family histories are recorded across longer periods, especially where boundaries and governments were changing.
Post-Script: IAJGS 2014 Conference Update: immediately following Roger’s talk, Hal Bookbinder, IAJGS 2014 co-chair, will do a short update on this summer’s conference.
Roger Lustig is a consultant and family-history researcher based in Princeton, NJ. He specializes in German Jewish history, focusing on the parts of Prussia that became Polish in the 20th Century. A native speaker of German, he has done research in libraries and archives in Germany and Poland, and transcribed over 50,000 vital records, mostly from Upper Silesia. He is the research coordinator of GerSIG and Prussian Poland area coordinator for JRI-Poland and is developing the NALDEX (Name-Adoption List index) and Hessen-Gaterman databases. He speaks annually at the IAJGS conference on Jewish Genealogy.
The JGSLA traveling library will be available starting at 7:00PM. JGSLA members free. Guests $5.00. Refreshments served.
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
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.