10 February 2009

Los Angeles: Assisted research afternoon, Feb. 16

Meet with experienced Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles mentors at an assisted research afternoon at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center.

The program runs from 1.30-6.30pm, Monday, February 16 (Presidents' Day), for Internet guidance, networking, translators and classes.

Experts will provide one-on-one computer assistance with popular online genealogical databases including JewishGen, Ancestry and Footnote.com, as participants access the Center's collection of maps, gazetteers, census and vital records, naturalization and passport applications, city directories, and passenger arrival lists.

Bring along your family trees and research to share. And, if you plan to download electronic images, bring a flashdrive.


2-6pm: Translators in Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Yiddish, Hebrew, German will be available only by appoint with paid reservation ($25 for 25 minutes). See details below.

2-3pm: Intro to the Family History Center, with JGSLA librarian Barbara Algaze. Learn about the resources of the LARFHC and how to use their census and naturalization microfilms, city directories and more. A great start for members new to the library, but, experienced genealogists will discover surprising tips and creative hints to enhance their research.

4:30-5:30pm: Using the Internet for Anglo-Jewish Research, with Ron Arons. When Ron discovered an ancestor was a criminal, he traced the person's footsteps back to England and Poland. Eventually, the research led to Ron's book, The Jews of Sing Sing. He'll discuss myriad family history websites for people who resided in England, along with techniques for finding living people, census records, vital registrations, maps, and newspapers. (There will also be a book sale and signing).

The event is only open to paid members, but others can renew at the door, and also join for the first time. Newcomers are always welcome.

Bring food and drink with you and eat in the lunchroom; snacks are available in vending machines. Directions to the Center are here.

To make a first-come first-served paid appointment for a translator, the cost is $25 for 25 minutes or $50 for 55 minutes. Payments by check or Paypal to JGSLA. See here for more details about paying, reserving and confirming time slots.

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