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Thursday, May 9
Monthly General Membership Meeting
7:00 pm
Program: Jewish Genealogy: How Is This Research Different from All Other Research?
What Do You Want to Do?
Branches of Judaism
What Is Unique or Different about Jewish Research?
  • Bubbe meises
  • Many languages and alphabets
  • Naming patterns
  • Patronymics (no family names)
  • Often not citizens
  • Few religious records
  • Rabbinical “genealogies”
  • Community (kehillah) and magnate records
  • Yizkor (memorial) books
  • Records from a Jewish perspective
  • Landsmanshaftn/burial/benevolent societies
  • Tombstone (matzevah) symbols
  • JewishGen.org
  • SephardicGen.org
  • Routes to Roots, https://rtrfoundation.org/index.shtml
  • Facebook: TtT, Jewish Genealogy Portal, translation, location-based
  • IAJGS.org
  • Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, UW, https://jewishstudies.washington.edu
  • Holocaust Center for Humanity, https://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/
  • LDS FamilySearch Centers, https://www.familysearch.org/
  • National Archives, https://www.archives.gov/
  • DoroTree Family Tree Program, https://www.dorotree.com/
Then What Do You Do with It?
  • Share information with family members: e-mail, print and mail
  • Maybe publish a book (not as hard as you think!)
  • Donate copy of information to genealogical and/or historical societies, libraries, archives
  • Put family tree online; maybe collaborate with others
Speaker Bio:
Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in black, Jewish, dual citizenship, forensic, and newspaper research. She is the president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon. She was until recently 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 (GFO). At GFO she is the coordinator of the African American Special Interest Group. She has volunteered at LDS FamilySearch Centers since 2000 and gives presentations on many genealogical topics at local, regional, state, and national/international levels. She has researched her own family history for almost 50 years. Before becoming a professional genealogist, she worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor.

Thursday, June 13
Monthly General Membership Meeting
7:00 pm
Program: TBD