11 November 2007

Los Angeles: Israel research, Nov. 18

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Los Angeles will host professional researcher Michael Goldstein of Jerusalem who will speak on "A wealth of world Jewish records: Researching in Israel."

The meeting will be held Sunday, November 18, at the University Synagogue.

From 1-1.30pm, network with members and see the JGSLA Spiszman Traveling Library. Goldstein will be available during this time (and for about a half-hour following his program) for limited Yiddish translations and deciphering of Jewish cemetery headstones. The program will begin at 1.30pm.

According to the JGSLA's announcement:

Genealogists seek information about their ancestors, yet few realize that one of the places to research is in Israel. It is not well known, but over the years, Israeli archives and internet sites have developed collections of historical and contemporary information about Jews from around the world, including Poland, Russia, Spain and China.

Even those who know that Israeli archives hold the keys to solving family mysteries may not realize that advances have been made in easing access to data for worldwide research and finding Israeli family.

This presentation will offer general guidelines about contacting and accessing Israeli archives. We will also share interesting case studies and data on how family mysteries were solved by accessing some lesser-known, wonderful Israeli archives.

Canadian-born and Jerusalem-based Goldstein is a professional genealogist who researches, mentors, lectures and conducts workshops in Israel and North America.

He conducts worldwide Jewish research and guides North Americans in locating and connecting with their Israeli family, facilitating the use of local Israeli research sources. His company is Jewish Genealogy Search.

Goldstein holds a BA (Concordia University) and an MSW (Yeshiva University), and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, The Israel Genealogical Society and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Montreal.

Admission: JGSLA members, free; others, $5. Parking is free.

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