09 November 2008

Vancouver, BC: Jewish genealogy workshop series

The Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia is presenting "Trace Your Jewish Ancestry: Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy" workshops every Sunday during November at the Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia.

I was just informed of the series - unfortunately the first two sessions have already taken place.

The first session -"Why Jewish Genealogy?" - was presented on November 2, when JGIBC president Catherine Youngren provided an introduction to the challenges, rewards and myths of Jewish genealogy, what you know that you thought you didn’t, and the initial five steps that emphasize the pedigree chart. Beginner genealogy kits were explained and provided to participants.

The second workshop took place November 9. “Getting Started” addressed interview techniques, collection and analysis of interviews, documents and photographs.

Click here to learn more details about the series. Each workshop is CN$15 per person.

There's still time to register for Sessions 3 and 4:

Sunday, November 16:
Session 3 – Surfing the Net

Bring your projects, research materials and questions to this session about online genealogical resources, such as Jewishgen.org, yadvashem.org, ellisisland.org, ancestry.com, findmypast.com, newspaper searches (The Jewish Chronicle, Palestine Post, etc.), and census and passenger list searches. Presenters: Members of JGIBC

Sunday, November 23:
Session 4 – Putting It All Together

Bring your projects, research materials, and questions to this final session. The afternoon includes “Piecing the Puzzle” by JGIBC president Catherine Youngren, and “Book Writing and Publishing” by JGIBC past president Cissie Eppel. These will be followed by one-on-one work with registered participants.

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