26 August 2008

Southern California: Jewish Surnames, Sept. 7

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County kicks off its program year - and celebrates its third anniversary - at 1.30pm, Sunday, September 7, at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. JewishGen's managing director Warren Blatt will speak on "Jewish Surnames."
The history of Jewish surnames - their origins, types, and etymologies. Learn when they were first used in various countries, how they developed, and their transformation upon immigration.
This presentation will dispel several common myths about Jewish surnames. Discover which Jewish surnames are the most common in the US, Eastern Europe and Israel, as well as sources for learning more about your surnames.
Blatt is author of Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area; and co-author of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.

According to president Jan Meisels Allen, there will also be Eastern European music performed by the Klutzmer (not klezmer) band. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

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