JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Meeting December 8 With David Rencher Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County's program is Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:30-3:30 PM at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Light refreshments will be available. Come celebrate with us! This is our annual meeting and Chanukah party with valuable genealogical prizes—those who join or renew for 2020 by or at this meeting, and are at the meeting are eligible for their names to be drawn for one of a dozen valuable gifts.


Program: FamilySearch Historical Collections: Tips and Tricks


Join David Rencher, Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for Family Search share tips and tricks to searching record collections in FamilySearch. Learn new techniques for searching the collections, compiled genealogies and the Library Catalog.


Speaker:  David Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.


Ask the Expert: Starting at 1:00 PM  with Hal Bookbinder. Come prepared and have your questions ready!


Traveling Library: Categories A and D will available starting at 1:00 PM.  To see which books that will  be at the meeting, see the JGSCV website at: https://www.jgscv.org/library-traveling.html


Elections:  The Nominating Committee recommended 4 current board members to be reelected:

Warren Blatt,

Allan Linderman,

Andrea Massion

Israel “Issie” Perel.


At the November meeting one additional member self-nominated from the floor and was accepted:

Tammy Williams-Anderson


Elections were then closed. The bylaws permit 6 to 12 elected members. Therefore, the election will be for the five members by acclimation.



Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd ) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive . You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.


Membership: We have started our 2020 Membership renewal and joining campaign. Membership forms are available at the meeting and on our website, https://www.jgscv.org/membership.html . Anyone may join JGSCV. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family.  Dues increase January 1st by $5.00 so renew/join now!


Anyone who renews or joins starting with the September 15 meeting through the December 8 and attends the December 8th meeting has their name entered into a drawing for one of more than 12 excellent genealogical gifts ranging from DNA tests to subscriptions for Ancestry.com,  Family Tree Maker, Findmypast, Fold3.com, Legacy FamilyTree, Legacy Webinars, MyHeritage, Newspapers.com, Roots Magic and more! Each of these prizes is worth much more than the cost of an annual membership subscription. Please join or renew now!


The meeting is open to the public without charge. 


The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

For more information about JGSCV see our website: https://www.jgscv.org/


Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.




Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV



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