Ted Gostin <tgostin@...>
The annual IAJGS conference is coming up soon in Jerusalem, and most Jewish
genealogists will try to attend if they can. Unfortunately, many people
will not be able to make the trip. If you're not planning on going to
Jerusalem but still want a Jewish genealogy conference fix, take a look at
the programming for this summer's Genealogy Jamboree, June 5-7, in Burbank,
California. This is the big annual event of the Southern California
Genealogical Society (SCGS), and two of their focus areas this year are
Jewish genealogy and Eastern European research. Many of the speakers will
be familiar to Jewish genealogists. Jewish speakers and topics include (in
alphabetical order by speaker):
Ron Arons, well-known speaker and author, featured on the PBS special The
1. Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves -- Friday 1-2 pm
2. Evaluating Evidence: Ask a Mini-Minnie Question! -- Friday 4-5 pm
3. What's in a Name? Trouble!!! -- Sunday 8:30-9:30 am
Hal Bookbinder, former president of both IAJGS and the JGSLA.
1. The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe -- Sunday 10-11 am
Ted Gostin, former president of JGSLA & professional genealogist.
1. Polish State Archives Databases -- Saturday 2-3 pm
2. Reading Russian-Jewish Vital Records for the Non-Russian Speaker --
Sunday 8:30-9:30 am
3. Finding Anatevka: Using Maps & Gazetteers in Jewish Genealogy -- Sunday
Stephen Morse, creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received
numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.
1. >from DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were
Afraid to Ask -- Saturday 8:30-9:30 am
2. Case Study: The Genealogy of Renee Kaufman -- Saturday 11:30 am-12:30 pm
3. The Julian Calendar and Its Importance to Genealogists -- Sunday
Joel Weintraub, member of the Orange County (CA) JGS, and creator of search
tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses on the Steve Moore 'One-Step'
1. Introduction to Jewish Genealogy -- Sunday 8:30-9:30 am
Pamela Weisberger, vice-president of JGSLA and president of Gesher Galicia,
and professional genealogist.
1. Cartography for Genealogists - Mapping Time and Generation -- Sunday
2. Jewish Geography/Jewish Genealogy: Exploring Your Jewish Roots -- Sunday
There are over a hundred other presentations by major speakers >from around
the country which might also be of interest to Jewish genealogists, and an
additional day devoted to DNA in genealogy (June 4) which requires a
The Jamboree also has a large exhibitor vendor area which is free to the
public (lectures require registration). Vendors included this year include
major websites and software companies (Ancestry.com & FamilyTreeMaker,
FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Roots Magic, Legacy Family Tree, etc.), genealogy
DNA testing companies, genealogical societies, and other vendors, including
Generations Press, which specializes in used books for Jewish genealogy.
The early registration period ends on April 30, so if you are interested,
check out their website at www.genealogyjamboree.com .
Sherman Oaks, CA