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Sunday, August 18, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

NEW Time and Same Place:

Doors open 1:00pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Labor Omnia Vitae: How Your Hard Work Can Conquer All at the Sutro Library
Speaker:
Dvorah Lewis

Labor Omnia Vitae: How Your Hard Work Can Conquer All at the Sutro Library, Dvorah Lewis Sutro Library, the California State Library branch located in San Francisco, has one of the largest genealogy collections west of Salt Lake City. Sutro Library is not just a physical hub for the genealogy community, it is also a virtual hub. Come learn how to access Sutro Library's genealogical resources on site as well as online.

Dvorah Lewis has been the Genealogy Librarian at Sutro Library for two years now. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Jewish Studies at UC Irvine and earned her Master's (MLIS) at UCLA. Her passion for archives and genealogy was inspired by an interview with her great Aunt Essie, the then eldest member of her family. She is excited to help genealogy researchers learn how to navigate the State Library’s extraordinary collections and resources. Dvorah feels that by preserving the past we can understand the present and bring positive change to the future. She is a board member of SFBAJGS.


Monday, August 19, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:
Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Topic:
Finding Presidents and Their Ancestors in the Strangest Places
 
Speaker:
Steve Morse
 

We are used to looking for our ancestors in passenger lists and in census records. We have mastered a variety of tricks for finding people in spite of name misspellings and incorrect birthdates. You might think that U.S. presidents are a breed apart from our ancestors, but they are not. They also arrived on ships and have come face to face with the census taker. This talk will show you how to search for presidential records, and you will see that it is no different than searching for ancestral records. We will encounter some of the same problems with both searches, and we'll see how these problems can be solved.

Steve Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, and written four textbooks and holds four patents.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

NEW Time and Same Place:

Doors open 1:00pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
Topic:
Using Cluster Research to Understand Your Ancestors: When a Tree Isn't Enough
Speaker:
Anne Gillespie Mitchell (Ancestry.com employee)

Everyone has brick walls in their genealogy research. People who appear to have been dropped out of the sky. Women whose maiden names seem to be unknowable. Cluster research will give you new avenues break down those brick walls by researching their family members, their neighbors and anyone and everyone they were associated with. Explore methodologies that will help you uncover new information about your family.

Anne Gillespie Mitchell has been chasing her ancestors up and down the Great Wagon road through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for many years. She currently works for Ancestry on a variety of products including search, Ancestry Library Edition, AncestryK12, and now RootsWeb. She has completed the Boston University Online Genealogy Certificate course as well as multiple sessions at SLIG and IGHR. She has also taught genealogy courses at many national conferences, including NGS, FGS, and RootsTech and at SLIG. Before Ancestry she worked in the Internet industry in software development and has been a product manager for several companies. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also taught Computer Science for eight years.


Friday, October 4, 2019

SFBAJGS Special Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

NEW Time and Same Place:

Doors open 1:00pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
Topic:
Crowdsourcing the Path to the 1950 Census
Speaker:
Joel Weintraub

The 1940 U.S. census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch-led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to create a name index for that census in five months. In addition, Steve Morse and Joel, over seven years with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts someone was in when a location or address was known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 census. Joel will discuss differences between the 1940 and 1950 censuses that had an impact on their planning and project designs. The film scanning, publicity, volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases will be discussed. All 233,800 1950 enumeration district definitions have now been transcribed. Street indices have also been completed for more than 2,400 communities to help find 1950 census district numbers. Original 1950 census documents will be displayed.

Joel Weintraub is an emeritus Professor at California State University at Fullerton and was a volunteer for nine years at the National Archives branch in Laguna Niguel, California. For more than a decade, Joel has created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse "One-Step" site. He has given presentations on censuses (both federal and New York City), immigration and naturalization, biographical, and Jewish genealogy topics and has published articles on many of those topics also.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

NEW Time and Same Place:

Doors open 1:00pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
 
 

Topic:
Geni.com: A Collaborative Workplace for Your Family Tree
Speaker:
Dr. Judith Berlowitz

Dr. Berlowitz will discuss the history of Geni, how it is different from other sites, its major features, and some issues with the site. She also plans to do a live demonstration of how you can use Geni in your research.

Judith Berlowitz holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley and is a federally certified translator. Her publications are based on research in the Judeo-Spanish romancero, ethnomusicology, and genealogy.

Some sources to look at before the meeting:
About Geni
Geni Users Group Facebook page
Geni def
Geni and privacy
Randy Schoenberg: “Privacy Issues with Online Trees
Pamela Wilson: “An Uneasy Truce: Brokering Collaborative Knowledge Building and Commodity Culture

Something to bring to the meeting:
Person from your “brick wall” with dates and places if possible


Monday, October 28, 2019

SFBAJGS Presentation

Free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:
Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 

Topic:
Stolpersteine/Stumbling Stones: The Act of Remembering Handout
Speaker:
Judy Vasos

Stolpersteine, Stumbling Stones, and Stones of Remembrance refer to small plaques placed in the sidewalk in front of the last residence of choice of people who were deported and murdered by the Nazis. The inscription on the stone begins with “Here Lived” and follows with the name, date of birth, when and where deported, and date of death, a memorial for the person murdered. Initiated by artist Gunter Demning in Germany in 1996, there are now more than 70,000 stones in Europe and beyond. We will talk about the history of the stones both in Germany and Austria, the differences between German and Austrian stones, how to honor your family member with a stone, and much more. A short film, “From Nuremberg to Auschwitz”, about Judy's personal experience of having a stone laid in Germany, will be shown, along with a sample of a stone.

Judy Vasos is a family historian and historical detective who has been researching and recording family stories for 30 years. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Tony Baczewski. She and Tony traveled to Nuremberg in 2015 to participate in the ceremony to honor Tony’s maternal grandparents with the laying of a Stolperstein. They also participated in a ceremony in 2018 for a stone placed in Vienna, Austria for Tony’s paternal grandmother. Judy is the author of "My Dear Good Rosi: Letters from Nazi-occupied Holland, 1940–1943", based on the letters Tony’s maternal grandparents wrote from Amsterdam to their daughter Rosi in New York before their arrest and murder at Auschwitz. Judy has also written two articles for ZichronNote.

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