Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Meetings

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, September 14, 2020.

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize this event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing it out, posting it on your bulletin boards or calendars (on-line and physical), and/or website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

Thank you,

Karen Campbell, JGSWS President

View this email in your browser   The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
presents a free presentation:
  “Bubbie, Who Are You?
Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree” presented by
Janice M. Sellers, Professional Genealogist   DATE:  Monday evening, September 14, 2020, at 7 p.m.
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     Meeting ID: 831 8228 8568   ABOUT OUR 9/14/20 PROGRAM
Female relatives can be difficult to trace, but they can be found.  This presentation introduces resources for tracing the women in your family, many of which are available online, including oral histories, federal and state census records, immigration records, vital records, church records, journals, newspapers, legal and court records, library archives, and manuscript collections.  When you are researching the women in your ancestry, also consider looking at family items, including cards, letters, cookbook notes, and records.
This presentation will help you with name and surname research, as well as genealogical methods and research tips on finding the women in your ancestry.
Janice M. Sellers a professional genealogist specializing in Black, Jewish, dual citizenship, forensic, and newspaper research. She is the editor of ZichronNote, the quarterly journal of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) and has previously edited four other genealogy publications. She is the publicity director, programming director, and a board member of SFBAJGS and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Janice is also currently the acting president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon. She has volunteered at Family History Centers since 2000 and gives dynamic presentations on many genealogical topics at the local, regional, state, and national/international levels, most recently this August at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ annual conference. She has researched her own family history for more than 40 years. Before becoming a professional genealogist, Janice worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor. Her translation services primarily include French, Spanish, and Russian.

SAVE THE DATES FOR OUR UPCOMING MEETINGS!   Monday evening, October 12, 2020, 7 p.m.
     “What were the odds? Four stories of survival”
          Presented by Arik Cohen, speaker from
               Seattle’s Holocaust Center of Humanity
      Description: All four of Arik Cohen’s grandparents survived the Holocaust.  When told by Holocaust experts that this was quite rare, he was motivated to research and discover their survival stories.  For the last five years, as a legacy member of the Holocaust For Humanity’s Speakers Bureau, Arik has shared how his grandparents survived mass murders,  ghetto liquidations, death camp internment, death marches and winter wilderness survival with students and community members across the Pacific Northwest.  Arik will share four incredible stories along with the research and primary sources that have enabled him to find and share his family’s history.
  ————————————————————————————————————————————    Monday evening, October 19, 2020, at 5 p.m.
     JGSWS’s first “Happy Hour/Social Meeting!”

           Hosted by JGSWS’s Board Members,
           Linda Deneroff and Jessica Moskowitz
The JGSWS invites our members to attend our first “Happy Hour/Social Meeting” on Monday, October 19, from 5 p.m-8 p.m. on Zoom. Get to know your fellow members and discuss our favorite topic: genealogy. We’ll have some breakout rooms available so if enough people are interested in a particular topic, you can get your fill!
  ————————————————————————————————————————————    Monday evening, November 9, 2020, 7 p.m.
     “Finding My Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Toolbox”
          Presented by Coral Grant, Genealogical Lecturer

    Description: The secrets that Coral Grant’s grandparents thought were safe eventually became unraveled through the magic of DNA, archival research, and tenacity. The truth revealed an unknown ancestor and a truly rich Latvian heritage. Working back in time, this adventure begins in the Garment District of Toronto, Canada in the early 1930’s and ends deep in the Latvian countryside of the 18th century. The journey includes a life altering deportation from the Latvian countryside during World War I, a survivor’s struggle to return home, a deception to avoid military service, and a most reluctant immigration. Along the way, Coral encountered many genealogical roadblocks: name changes, protective descendants, and multiple individuals with the same name. Using her research to share her family story and Latvian Jewish history, Coral’s presentation highlights the use of all the tools available to the genealogist. Ultimately, the goal of our genealogical research is to honor our ancestors and to make sure we do not forget their stories. Coral’s presentation will leave you with the tools to break through your genealogical roadblocks and find your ancestors, for you to tell their stories.     ———————————————————————————————————————————— 
Monday evening, December 14, 2020, 7 p.m.
     Meeting Topic and Presenter information coming soon
  ————————————————————————————————————————————      Upcoming Conferences, Meetings Around and About    RootsTech Connect 2021 virtual conference, February 25-27, 2020 – Family Search has announced that RootsTech 2021 conference previously planned for February 3-6, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah will now be held as a free, virtual event online. Register and more information is available through this link:
September 10, 2020 – Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting: “Organizing & Safely Storing Genealogy Media,” presented by Desa Omli     September 12, 2020 – Virtual We Are History Keepers Workshop, sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Council, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, and Black Heritage Society of Washington State   Register at the following link for the Saturday, September 12th, from 10 am to noon, virtual
We Are History Keepers Workshop!   The workshop is sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Council, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, and Black Heritage Society of Washington State. Interactive sessions will be led by UW archivists and librarians on archiving and research. – Organizing and preserving paper archives – Researching family and local history – Scanning or digitizing materials – Conducting Oral Histories and oral history projects   The event is FREE and open to all! Registration is required!  A Zoom link will be provided to each registrant two days before the workshop.    
For information on genealogical meetings, SIGs, and conferences in the State of Washington,
          Check out the Washington State Genealogical Society’s Blog!
          Checkout the Seattle Genealogical Society’s Website!
          Checkout the Eastside Genealogical Society’s Website!
  ————————————————————————————————————————————      Information and Links to Help You in Your Genealogical
and Family History Research
   The Wiener Holocaust Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. The Museum is located in London, England, United Kingdom,
The Wiener Holocaust Library’s current exhibition (6 August -30 November 2020) is Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust.

Washington State Genealogical Society’s Blog – check this out for genealogical tips and other information
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