January 20, 2019
1:30 pm

Speaker: Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond: SUCCESS IN -- AND IN SPITE OF -- ENDOGAMY   January 20th, 2019  Sunday Afternoon  1:30 pm at AJU Genetic genealogy is particularly daunting for those whose forebears come from endogamous populations (such as Ashkenazi Jews, Native Hawaiians and Cajuns, who have married in a closed group for generations). The work of identifying actual relatives from the mass  of genetic distantly-related family can be frustrating. Drawing on case studies, this lecture explains how you can have success in such a situation. For Lara Diamond, this work has led to reunification with many relatives, including a family branch thought to have been killed in the Holocaust. [...]

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Robinn Magid: Discovering Hidden Treasure in the JRI-Poland Database

February 17, 2019
1:30 pm

Speaker: Robinn Magid

Robinn Magid: Discovering Hidden Treasure in the JRI-Poland Database   February 17th, 2019  Sunday Afternoon  1:30 pm at AJU The Jewish Records Indexing – Poland ( database is the premier finding aid for the surviving  documentation of Jewish vital records from the current and former territories of Poland. Many original records can now be viewed through our website. More extracted details about these records are now available through us than ever before. Finding or recognizing the record you need to further your research can be challenging for many reasons. This lecture will focus on how to help you perform better searches [...]

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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.

IAJGS 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio
July 28 – August 2, 2019

Co-hosts: The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
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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