JGSLA upcoming programs in 2014:


Sunday, September 21: 1:30PM at University Synagogue with Steve Morse

11960 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 90049


A Steve-Morse-a-thon: two lectures sure to get you enlightened (and energized) about your own research:

One StepOne-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools

The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 200 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay. This presentation, always being updated, will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.

Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman

This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

JGSLA members free.  Guests $5.00.  Refreshments will be served.

Monday, September 22: 7:30PM at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum (South Bay) with Lew Holzman 19600 Van Ness Ave. Torrance, CA 90501

Lew Holzman

Jews in the Old West

Remember Deadwood? The west really was wild way back when. Hear first-hand from Solomon Star, the 1885 Mayor of Deadwood, how Jewish pioneers struggled to shape, and succeed in, the American West. Learn why Jews were so successful in settling in the West and the impact the Galveston Plan had on their migration. This entertaining lecture covers the stories of many of the prominent pioneer Jewish figures through 1900 including, Josie Earp (Wyatt Earp’s Jewish wife), Adah Menkin, Adolph Sutro, Charles Strauss, Harry Cohen, Harris Newmark, Solomon Carvalho, Julius Meyer, Blanche Coleman, Joshua Norton and others.

Sunday, October 5: 2:00PM at the Skirball Cultural Center with author, David Laskin 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

laskinFrom Family History to History: Bridging the Gap Using Genealogy

David Laskin will discuss how he researched and wrote his new book, “The Family,” and how he used family stories to embody the major currents of 20th century Jewish history. He will begin by sketching in the basics of the story: how the family of his great-great grandfather divided into three branches at the turn of the last century (US, Israel, Holocaust). Next, he will step back to address particular genealogical issues encountered in the course of research and writing, including archival research in the US, Israel and Eastern Europe. He’ll share anecdotes about some lucky discoveries made securing official documents, private family records and in researching websites. Finally, he will consider the intersection of family history and Big History and talk about how to enter imaginatively into past catastrophes without sensationalizing the lives of our ancestors. (A book sale and signing will follow this talk.)

More info on “The Family” is here and at: www.DavidLaskin.com

Monday, October 6: 7:30PM: The Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda’s Daughter with author Maggie Anton Toyota Auto Museum, 9600 Van Ness Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 (book sale/signing)

Sunday, November 16: 12:30PM – 6:00PM at the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library 10741 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles 90025

Assisted Research Day at the L.A. FamilySearch Library (JGSLA members only, but you can join at the door)

Get one-on-one help from JGSLA mentors and experts with using the microfilms, library books and free subscription databases at the FHL including Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, Footnote and more. Barbara Algaze will speak on how to use the FamilySearch site, plus we’ll offer free translators in Russian, German, Yiddish, Polish and Hebrew, additional classes and a screening of “Granach: From Shtetl to Hollywood.”

The assisted research day is open to JGSLA MEMBERS ONLY, but you can join at the door!

Sunday, December 7: 1:00PM at University Synagogue with Warren Blatt 11960 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 90049

BlattHanukkah Party & Program: A JewishGen Tutorial

A JewishGen 2014 update of what is new at JewishGen.org, along with previews of future developments and projects coming in 2015. Warren will review where JewishGen has been, where they’re going, and will outline exciting new directions. There will be demonstrations of JewishGen’s ever-expanding databases, resources, and search tools with plenty of time for Q&A.

All programs, except our Assisted Research Day are open to the public. JGSLA members are free, guests are $5.00.

Thursday, January 22: 8:00PM at Skirball Cultural Center with Sarah Wildman

Paper Love Book CoverPaper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

One woman’s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory.

Years after her grandfather’s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: those from Valy—Valerie Scheftel. Her grandfather’s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria. Obsessed with Valy’s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of discovering Valy’s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather’s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history. Co-sponsored by the Skirball Culture Center. Book sale and signing.

Click here to go to our IAJGS Conference 2014 handout page where you can download and print out SIG handouts.

Sandy Malek, President [president@jgsla.org]

Pamela Weisberger, Program VP [pamela@jgsla.org]

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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