Never Give Up:  

Strategies for Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level 

and Finding the Previously Unfindable

Monday, May 2, 2016

7:30 PM
American Jewish University, Sperber Library
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel-Air, CA 90077

This program is a collection of “I wish I knew that when I was starting out” tips to maximize your research efforts. The speaker will share insights learned after 20 plus years of research about how to extract information that isn’t immediately obvious from a wide variety of sources. Topics include names and name variations, Marion Werlestrategies for researching common names, revisiting old research with new eyes, obtaining the most out of the records you find, alternate approaches to solving genealogical problems, differences in search engines and indexing, extracting unexpected information from death records, the importance of geography in searches, creative use of city directories and the importance of persistence in genealogical research.

Biography:    Marion Werle began her family history research over 20 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK and Israel. She has been on the boards of JGSLA and JGSCV and is a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society Writers Group. She is also a past president of the Latvia Special Interest Group (SIG) and administers the Searching Skutelsky Facebook group. She is a retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA. She has recently completed a history of her paternal grandmother’s family, The Skuders from Skud, tracing the family from its Lithuanian origins. During her research for this project, she discovered previously unknown cousins in four different countries. Her interests in genealogy include technology, methodology and family history writing.

Members free,  guests $5

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

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 ( 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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