JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

April 9, 2017
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Family History Library of Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA

Speaker: 1pm and 3pm and a -- F R E E -- Family Finder DNA test will be given away along with discount coupons after the 3pm DNA discussion; at 1:00 Barbara Algaze will speak on genealogy research at the FHL and at 3:00 Q and A on DNA topics, moderated by Brock Shamberg.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 Opens at 12:30  and will close at  5:00 p.m. Los Angeles Family History Library 10741 Santa Monica Blvd. West Los Angeles, CA 90025 Do you need help finding a record or a ship manifest? Do you need to know what sources to use? Do you need family documents translated? JOIN THE JGSLA for an afternoon of mentor-assisted research. Translators: Yiddish, Russian, German, Polish and Hebrew (contact membership@jgsla.org for translator appointments) Two talks: and a - F R E E - Family Finder DNA test will be given away along with discount coupons after the 3pm DNA [...]

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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.