13 March 2008

Oregon: Public library resources, March 18

Public libraries are great resources for researchers, but we too often forget to use them.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon will remind its members about these essential resources, including special websites through the library's internet system as well as available print materials, at its next meeting at 7pm, Tuesday, March 18, at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Portland.

"Mining the Genealogical Resources at your Public Library" will be offered by professional librarians Janet Irwin and Michael Constan.

Irwin is a librarian at Multnomah County Library. She volunteered to take care of the first version of the genealogy portion of the library's homepage, and later volunteered to learn more about genealogy so it could offer public classes focused on its genealogy collection and Internet-accessible databases. Active in the Genealogical Forum of Oregon and the Association of Professional Genealogists, she and her brother research their midwest and East coast family.

Constan has workd for the last decade at the Periodicals and Humanities sections of the Central Library. He has explored the roots of his maternal grandparents, who were born in Prszka and Koniecpol, Poland; researched family records through the LDS Family History Center's microfilm collection; found family records online through Jewish Records Indexing - Poland (JRI-Poland); and found relatives through the JewishGen Family Finder.

Fee: JGSO members, free: others, $2. For more information, click here.

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