Jewish Genealogical Society September Event

Dear Genealogy Friends,

 

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, September 17, 2018.

 

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize this event using this email or our flyer, attached below, by emailing or posting it on your bulletin board or calendar, and/or website,
or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

Flyer: 9-17-18 Flyer for Janice M. Sellers–Using Online Historical Jewish Newspapers for Genealogical Research

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our February meeting program

 

Using Online Historical Jewish Newspapers for Genealogical Research
By Janice M. Sellers, Professional Genealogist

 

DATE: Monday, September 17, 2018 (this is the 3rd Monday of September)

LDS Factoria Church Building
4200 124th Ave SE

Bellevue, WA 98006

(just off I-90 and I-405)

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources!
  • Free Wi-Fi available and come early to network with other attendees
  • Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
  • Free admission and refreshments

 

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: “Using Online Historical Jewish Newspapers for Genealogical Research”    

Many historical Jewish newspapers are now available online, with more being added regularly. Most are on free sites. This presentation gives an overview of which ones are online and where they can be found, suggests access strategies, discusses what to do if you don’t read Hebrew or Yiddish, and shows sample search results.

 

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

Janice Sellers, a professional genealogist, has been researching her family since 1975 and has conducted genealogical research for others since 2005. She is the editor of four genealogical periodicals: ZichronNote, the journal of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS); The Baobab Tree, the journal of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC); The California Nugget, the semiannual journal of the California Genealogical Society; and the CSGA Newsletter, the newsletter of the California State Genealogical Alliance. She is also the vice president and publicity & programming director for San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, board member and journal committee chairman for AAGSNC, board member for CSGA, and a staff member of the Oakland Regional Family History Center since 2000.

Janice has a B.A. in French with minors in Spanish and Russian and has completed graduate studies in library and information science, computer programming, and music. She has worked as an editor, indexer, and translator since 1983. Her genealogical areas of specialization are in family history research for the 18th-21st centuries, specializing in Jewish, black American, newspaper, and forensic genealogy.

 

 

Please visit our website at http://www.jgsws.org to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information.  JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible.

 

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family!

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
Secretary & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
www.jgsws.org

 

Jewish Genealogical Society Free June Meeting

We would very much like to invite you  to our upcoming free genealogy event on Monday evening, 6/11/18.  We would appreciate it if you could help us publicize it by printing out a copy of the attached flyer and have it posted on a bulletin board or calendar, and/or share it on your website for upcoming events.

 

Our speaker will be Emily H. Garber, Genealogical Lecturer, Blogger, and Author and her topic will be:  “When It Takes A Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques.”

The information on our program and our speaker’s bio are:

 

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Sometimes tracking one’s immigrant ancestors tests all one’s research acumen. Identifying a subject ancestor, his/her origins, and parentage; tracking that subject through time; and constructing biographies to place that person in his/her social context is best approached by broadening one’s research to include other family members, associates and neighbors. This presentation by Emily Garber will outline a program for solving genealogical research problems via cluster and collateral research techniques. Topics will include: appropriate application, research planning, commonly used resources and documents, and case studies successfully tracking individuals from Europe to the United States, overcoming name and residential changes and using DNA evidence.

The main case study to be used in this evening’s program tracks a previously unknown woman who arrived at Ellis Island with Emily’s great grandfather.  Emily uses her research skills to identify this unknown woman’s kinship relationship to their family and to find out if there ever was a relationship.

 

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

An archaeologist by training (B.A. and M.A.), Emily H. Garber has been researching her Jewish ancestry since 2007 and holds a certificate from Boston University’s Genealogical Research program. She specializes in Jewish genealogical research and has worked with records for both German-Jewish and Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Her client work has included research into narrowly defined genealogical problems as well as development and writing of broadly based family history narratives. In June 2013, she toured family shtetlach in Ukraine and explored archives in Lviv, Khmelnitsky and Zhitomyr. She is chair of the Phoenix (Arizona) Jewish Genealogical Group, board member of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, owner of Extra Yad Genealogical Services, and she blogs at http://www.extrayad.blogspot.com. Emily has served for several years as one of the moderators of the JewishGen Discussion Group and is communications director of the Ukraine Special Interest Group.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family!

Karen vanHaagen Campbell

Secretary & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

www.jgsws.org

Flyer: flyer for 6-11-18 Emily Garber – pdf

Natalie Stien Awarded 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 500 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2017 award recipients and learn why they received the 2017 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Natalie Stien

Today we’re introducing Natalie Stien of Redmond, Washington, who was nominated by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State (JGSWS). She was recognized for her dedication to excellence during the 2016 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual (IAJGS) conference in Seattle.

Ms. Stien joined JGSWS in 2004, volunteering right away for various positions. However, her commitment to getting the job done right was exemplified when JGSWS co-hosted the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Annual (IAJGS) Conference in Seattle in August 2016. Ms. Stien served as a volunteer co-chair, a monumental job coordinating dozens of volunteers for the six-day conference. She was the first to arrive and the last to leave every day of the conference, often working 15-hour days. Her responsibilities included determining where volunteers would be needed, finding and adopting a software program that volunteers could use to sign themselves up for specific tasks and time slots, and dealing with last-minute schedule changes.

According to fellow JGSWS board members, Ms. Stien was often the first to volunteer for any extra tasks needed to support the organization. This display of dedication illustrates that Ms. Stien richly deserved being a recipient of a 2017 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Interim Recognition Chair, at Roxanne@thekeeffes.com.

Mary Kathryn Kozy Awarded 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 500 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2017 award recipients and learn why they received the 2017 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Mary Kathryn (Crews) Kozy

Today we’re introducing Mary Kathryn Kozy of Kent, Washington, who was nominated by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State (JGSWS). She was recognized for her exceptional leadership and consistent support of the JGSWS.

Ms. Kozy has been an active member of the JGSWS for nine years. She has enthusiastically served on the society’s board for the past seven years, holding various board and volunteer positions, including president and secretary. She currently serves as the membership chair. Ms. Kozy is always quick to help society members with their research questions and has presented a number of programs to the society, particularly on DNA topics. She has been involved in many genealogical projects over the years including FamilySearch indexing, maintaining USGenWeb websites, records transcription projects, lecturing and teaching. She currently serves as an LDS Family History Missionary.

Ms. Kozy is a respected, dedicated member of the JGSWS, and richly deserved being a recipient of a 2017 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Interim Recognition Chair, at Roxanne@thekeeffes.com.

Jewish Genealogical Society Upcoming Meetings

From Matches in a List to Family: Case Studies in DNA” “by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Genealogical Lecturer

DATE:  Monday, December 11, 2017

LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA  98006

   Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources!

   Free Wi-Fi available

  Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.

  Free admission and refreshments

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:  As more and more people decide to DNA test, the bigger our match lists become! With somewhere close to eight million people in the test pool amongst the four major companies, we have many more matches to deal with. What does one DO with them all? How can we organize them? What are the best practices for sorting them out, especially when dealing with endogamous populations? This lecture will focus somewhat on the use of various tools at the DNA testing companies, but will also deal with several case studies in actually finding the relationships between various unknown individuals. What if the DNA match has no tree? Is it hopeless? Absolutely not! Come learn some tips and techniques for taking those matches and turning them into family.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:   Mary Kathryn Kozy has been working on her own family history for over 35 years. She has researched families from the Midwest to the Deep South and from both Western and Eastern Europe. She has served in multiple positions in several local societies and on the state level. She currently serves on the board of the JGSWS, serves as a part-time LDS Family History missionary, and speaks to many groups in the area. Mary is married, the mother of three wonderful children and two grandchildren. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed three certificate programs with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has also completed the ProGen program with an eye toward certification as a professional genealogist.

“Reclaim The Records: Genealogy Fought the Law and Won” (How to Use State Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy) , presented by Brooke Schreier Ganz

DATE:  Monday, January 8, 2018

LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA  98006

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources!

    Free Wi-Fi available

   Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.

   Free admission and refreshments

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:  Tired of being told by state and local archives and government agencies that your family’s genealogical records are “unavailable” to the public or only available if you visit them onsite? We were too, so we figured out what to do about it. We’re Reclaim The Records, a new activist group that filed a first-of-its-kind Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) legal petition in the Supreme Court of New York against the NYC Municipal Archives in order to access to twentieth century genealogical records…and won! We also secured the first-ever public release of the indices to hundreds of thousands of vital records from the New Jersey State Archives. And we’re filing many more requests against city and state agencies, large and small. This presentation will tell the story behind these cases, walk through the legal basics of FOIL, and teach genealogists how to file their own FOIL requests for their own records.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Brooke Schreier Ganz is the founder of Reclaim The Records, a not-for-profit activist group that uses state Freedom of Information requests to return genealogical records to the public. As the former Vice President of Gesher Galicia, she designed and built their website, including its innovative “All Galicia Database”. The underlying search engine codebase, named “LeafSeek,” was released by Brooke as a free open source project, for which she won second place in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge. She further refined it to build the bilingual “All Israel Database” for the Israel Genealogical Research Association (IGRA). She lives in California

Jewish Genealogical Society October Meeting

JGSWS is cancelling our September 2017 meeting, extending our summer break through September for several reasons, including the upcoming High Holidays and our September speaker’s unexpected surgery. We’ll see you October 9 when
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State proudly presents an amazing interactive Ellis Island experience
“Manifest Destiny: Names at Ellis Island,” presented by Joel Weintraub
DATE: Monday, October 9, 2017
LDS Factoria Building 4200 124th Ave SE Bellevue, WA 98006
• Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources!
• Free Wi-Fi available. Come early to network with other attendees!
• Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
• Free admission


ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Joel Weintraub has channeled his interest in Ellis Island into his latest talk: “Manifest Destiny: Names at Ellis Island.” This main immigration station into the U.S. was most active from 1892 through 1924. About 70 percent of immigrants to the U.S. during this time came through Ellis Island. The history of the island, including the Wall of Honor and the changing Ship Manifest forms of the Immigration Service, will be shown. The pressures of the “Great Migration” eventually led to immigration quotas. The persistent myth of name changes at Ellis Island will be debunked. Twenty percent of immigrants ended up listed on detention sheets and we will find out where those can be found. Finally, using case studies, we will find out how to use a number of name search utilities. After this talk, we will have a clear idea of the process the immigrants went through and a greater appreciation of the Manifest as a genealogy research tool and will be prepared to successfully negotiate the “Island of Tears.”
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton and won awards for his science teaching. Joel volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration. He created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse “One-Step” website. He and Steve are currently developing locational tools for the 2022 release of the 1950 federal census. Joel has written and talked on NYC and Federal census research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island, biographical research, and Jewish genealogy topics.
Please visit our website at http://www.jgsws.org to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information. JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
P.O. Box 53102 Bellevue WA 98015 www.jgsws.org

Jewish Genealogical Society September Event

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, September 11, 2017.

 

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize these event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing out, posting at your location or on your website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our September meeting program

 

“The Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories”
presented by Marcia Fine, Author and Researcher

 

DATE:  Monday, September 11 2017

LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA  98006

·         Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources!

·         Free Wi-Fi available. Come early to network with other attendees!

  • Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
  • Free Admission and refreshments

 

 

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

The Jewish Book Council describes Marcia Fine’s latest book, Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, as: A grandmother in an Inquisition prison. Officials who search and burn every soul not devoted to the Church. Celendaria, a young girl in 1650, is on the verge of becoming a woman in a place that has turned hostile to those who follow their one true faith. She witnesses her grandmother being arrested by Inquisition officers for Judaizing. As conversos, the family experiences dread as they keep rituals and traditions alive. This tale shines a bright light on the hidden Crespin family in their attempt to survive in 17th century Mexico when most of the Americas are ruled by Spain. Sephardim were cast out of many places since 1492.  Celendaria and her grandmother, Clara, carry the story. It concludes in the 1800s when the Palace of the Inquisition opens its doors to set people free. The persecution and fear creates a veil of memories that promises to affect the perception of future generations. This perilous adventure story from another era is a story of strength, bravery and survival.

 

Marcia Fine will speak to us about the history of conversos and Sephardim, how trauma is passed down to descendants, and the research that has gone into her books. If you’d like to bring any of her books with you, Ms. Fine will be pleased to autograph your book!

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

Award-winning author and speaker, Marcia Fine, began to pursue her dream of writing in 2000. Since then, she has written seven novels, including The Blind Eye-A Sephardic Journey and Paper Children-An Immigrant’s Legacy. Her most recent novel, Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, published in 2017, examines Sephardic Jews in Mexico during the Inquisition. With an interest in epigenetics, she examines how trauma is passed on in families. Marcia has a BA from Florida State University and a Masters from Arizona State University.

 

 

Please visit our website at http://www.jgsws.org to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information.  JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible.

 

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family!

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
1st VP & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
www.jgsws.org

Jewish Genealogical Society May Seminar

 

Dear Genealogy Friends,

 

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, May 8, 2017.

 

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize these event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing out, posting at your location or on your website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

5-8-17 Emily Garber–Beyond the Manifest

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our February meeting program

 

Beyond the Manifest: Methods for Confirming One’s Ancestral Origins
By Emily Garber, Genealogical Lecturer, Blogger, and Author

 

DATE: Monday, May 8, 2017

LDS Factoria Church Building
4200 124th Ave SE

Bellevue, WA 98006

(just off I-90 and I-405)

  • Doors open at 6:30 m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources!
  • Free Wi-Fi Come early to network with other attendees!
  • Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 m.
  • Free admission and refreshments

 

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: Beyond the Manifest: Methods for Confirming One’s Ancestral Origins”    

When several communities in Eastern Europe have similar names and their names have been changed over the years, it may be difficult to unambiguously identify a family’s shtetl of origin. Considering the investment in time and energy in researching one’s family shtetl, it is imperative that we apply rigor in identifying our family’s communities of origin, as required by the Genealogical Proof Standard. With its application and a well-designed research plan, we assure that our findings are robust and our conclusions not easily challenged. We will explore applied methodology and suggested genealogical sources and techniques. Resources will include landsmanshaft burial data, online archival material, and Shoah databases toward the goal of providing tools and methods for confirming the location of one’s family shtetl in Eastern Europe.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

An archaeologist by training (B.A. and M.A.), Emily H. Garber has been researching her Jewish ancestry since 2007 and holds a certificate from Boston University’s Genealogical Research program. She specializes in Jewish genealogical research and has worked with records for both German-Jewish and Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Her client work has included research into narrowly defined genealogical problems as well as development and writing of broadly based family history narratives. In June 2013, she toured family shtetlach in Ukraine and explored archives in Lviv, Khmelnitsky and Zhitomyr. She is chair of the Phoenix (Arizona) Jewish Genealogical Group, board member of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, owner of Extra Yad Genealogical Services, and she blogs at http://www.extrayad.blogspot.com. Emily has served for several years as one of the moderators of the JewishGen Discussion Group and is communications director of the Ukraine Special Interest Group.

 

Please visit our website at http://www.jgsws.org to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information.  JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible.

 

 

 

Thank you very much,

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
1st VP & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
www.jgsws.org

 

Patricia Deutsch Awarded 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized almost 500 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2016 award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Patricia Deutsch

Patricia Deutsch

Today we’re introducing Patricia Deutsch of Seattle, Washington, who was nominated by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State (JGSWS). She was recognized for her organizational skills to improve access to the JGSWS holdings.

The JGSWS owns a collection of over 200 resources, including books, research guides, methodologies, atlases, histories and maps of particular interest to Jewish genealogists. This collection had previously been unavailable to members of the society having been stored in boxes at the Jewish Community Center and in one of the society member’s garage. Ms. Deutsch moved the collection to a more advantageous location, and made them available for members to use. She arranged the books on shelves for easy browsing and devised a system for the items to be loaned out to members for their use at home. These efforts have given the JGSWS members an additional way to improve their knowledge of research methods and resources and to further their own efforts to trace their families.

Ms. Deutsch’s efforts to improve access to their resources were much appreciated by the JGSWS, thus proving she richly deserved being a recipient of a 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at Roxanne@thekeeffes.com.

Karen van Haagen Campbell Awarded 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized almost 500 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2016 award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Today we’re introducing Karen van Haagen Campbell of Bellevue, Washington, who was nominated by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State (JGSWS). She was recognized for her leadership skills, especially those related to promotion of meetings, events and conferences.

Karen van Haagen Campbell

Karen van Haagen Campbell

Serving as the vice president of the JGSWS and in charge of publicity, Ms. Campbell has been creating flyers for monthly meetings and other promotions to increase the visibility of JGSWS and related events, increase interest in Jewish genealogy, and make it easier for those who are interested in Jewish genealogy to connect with like-minded researchers.

Ms. Campbell is also a major contributor on the publicity committee of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Society’s annual international genealogical conference that took place in Seattle from August 7-12, 2016. She is also the leader of the Eastside Genealogical Society’s German Interest Group and helps promote the Black Genealogy Research Group (BGRG) in Seattle.

Ms. Campbell’s leadership efforts in publicizing genealogical groups and events, helping others connect with specific research groups, and her inclusive and enthusiastic personality illustrate that she richly deserved being a recipient of a 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at Roxanne@thekeeffes.com.