JGSLA-Oct. 30th LDS-Assisted Research Day #general

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles announces their next
meeting--a day-long workshop and exclusive use of the LA Family History
Center, providing a lecture on shtetl travel, a variety of research classes,
plus one-on-one computer, microfilm, and translation assistance.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 30, 2005, 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: LDS Family History Center & Visitor's Center, 10741 Santa Monica
Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025


11:30AM - 1:00PM: Special Presentation - LDS Visitor's Center, Theatre 1.
Please enter through the Visitor's Center, to the left of the Family History

"The Nine Most Important Words to Learn Before Making a Visit to Your
Ancestral Shtetl"

Sol Sylvan, JGSWS member, has just returned >from his fourth visit to Ukraine
in three years and will show his short film: "An Ancestral Visit to The
Western Ukraine," along with discussing how travelers can personalize this
type of journey by researching the social pressures and political events
surrounding their ancestors' lives, making history come alive and the
geography real.

1:00PM - 5:00PM - Assisted Research in the Family History Center
Enter through the Family History Center main doors.

Knowledgeable JGLSA members will assist you in the FHC microfilm and
computer rooms. In addition to providing four hours of exclusive research
access to the FHC for JGSLA members.

Schedule of Afternoon Classes:

1:15PM - 2:15PM - "Introduction to the Resources of the Family History

JGSLA Librarian, Barbara Algaze, will provide techniques for making your
research cay more productive by explaining the Center's vast resources,
including JGSLA's reference library, the LDS microfilm collection, and
computer database subscriptions, which you can use to search for
naturalization, census, immigration and vital records. (FHC Classroom)

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Translations

JGSLA member Ann Harris will translate your Hebrew or Yiddish
cemetery/headstone inscriptions >from photographs or rubbings. Skirball
docent, Alex Lauterbach, will provide Polish translations for vital records
or letters. (Main library - Starting at 1PM a sign-up sheet will be
available at the front desk. Fifteen minutes allotted per translation

1:15PM - 2:15PM and 3:30 - 4:30PM - "Ancestry.com Tutorials" offered by
JGSLA members at computer workstations.

2:30PM - 4:00PM - "How I Found My Roots"

Arnie Schwartz will teach you how to begin your genealogical research.
Topics include: internet resources such as Steve Morse's one-step search
tools, the Ellis Island and Castle Garden web sites, JewishGen,
Ancestry.com, and Yad Vashem-along with strategies for obtaining vital
records, naturalization papers, census and ship's passenger records,
cemetery research, how to use old coins and post cards as a research tool,
and how to choose a software program to create your own family tree. (FHC

This meeting is open to JGSLA members only, but you may join at the door.
(Membership is $25.00; $30.00 for two in a family, and will extend through

For more meeting information and directions visit our website:


If you live in the Greater Los Angeles or Orange County area and have never
availed yourself of the wonderful resources at the West L.A. Family History
Library, including free internet access to for-fee internet search engines,
U.S. and Eastern European microfilms for thousands of Jewish vital and
census records, and the opportunity to get personal assistance in breaking
through the brick walls of your family research, consider joining us this
Sunday, October 30th!

Pamela Weisberger
1st V.P. Programs, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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