17 August 2009

Southern California: JGSCV's 4th anniversary, Aug. 30

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura Couny will celebrate its fourth anniversary at its meeting on Sunday, August 30.

It begins at 2pm at Temple Adat Elohim, Thousand Oaks.

Warren Blatt, JewishGen managing director and editor-in-chief, will give his very popular introduction to Jewish given names, focusing on practical issues for genealogical research. Learn why Mordechai Yehuda is also Mortka Leib, and is also Max.

I've heard Warren give this several times and learned something relevant each time. Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or have advanced skills, you will find this fascinating.

Our ancestors had many different given names and nicknames, in various languages and alphabets. This can make Jewish genealogical research difficult. Learn about the history and patterns of Jewish first names, and how to recognize ancestors' names in genealogical sources.

The meeting is open to all; there is no charge. The Klutzmer Band will perform. For more information including directions or future meetings, visit the JGSCV website.

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