JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSLA-March Meeting-"Role of the Family Historian" #general

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles will be holding our next meeting

Monday, March 21, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

PROGRAM: "The Role of the Family Historian: How Social History Can Complement
Genealogical Research"

SPEAKER:  Joan Adler, Executive Director, Straus Historical Society

Joan Adler doesn't have a single Straus in her own family tree, yet she has
rescued documents, identified relatives, published newsletters, organized
reunions, lobbied the U.S. government, and helped document the film "Titanic" on
behalf of the Strauses - one of America's most prominent Jewish families. She will
share the story of the Straus family and how a small ad in the New York Times led
her to her role as Straus Family Historian. She will illustrate her talk with a
beautiful 3 foot by 4 foot family tree and with family photographs.

Ms. Adler will share her strategies for collecting materials and for obtaining
information - even when family members claim they have no more to give. She writes
a newsletter, which she considers one of her most important research tools.  She
will explain how writing conveys "social history" by placing the story of our
ancestors' lives into the social, economic and political context of their times,
and how you can enhance the picture of your family by putting their vital record
information into a similar context.

Examples of the Straus Historical Society Newsletter and other family newsletters
written by JGSLA members will be on display.  

Their website is:

Location: Valley Cities Jewish Community Center (VCJCC), 13164 Burbank Blvd.,
Van Nuys, CA

Directions: Exit the 405 at Burbank and drive about 3 miles east.  The JCC is on
the right, past Woodman Avenue.  Or, exit the 170 at Burbank and drive about 2
miles west.  The JCC is on the left, past Coldwater Canyon.

JGSLA meetings are free-of-charge and open to guests. Arrive early to look at the
wonderful books and genealogical resources in our Spiszman Traveling Library and
to get assistance >from our experienced members staffing the book table--starting
at 7PM.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Pamela Weisberger
1st V.P. Programs
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles

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