31 October 2010

Southern California: Polish Jewish research, Nov. 8

Learn about Polish Jewish research at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley on Monday, November 8, in Thousand Oaks, California.
The program begins at 7pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive.

Warren Blatt - JewishGen's managing director and editor-in-chief - will speak.

He will provide a general overview and introduction to researching Polish-Jewish ancestry. It will include: a history of Polish border changes, geography and place-name changes; how to find and locate your ancestral shtetl and historical information; the vital records-keeping system in Poland; how to find and translate birth, marriage and death records; Polish Jewish surnames and given names, language spelling and grammar issues; Yizkor books and landsmanschaftn; business directories; Polish Archives and Civil Registration Offices; using Mormon microfilms, Internet sources, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for Jewish genealogical research in Poland.

Also, Phoebe Frank, a JGSCV founding member, will demonstrate how she reproduced a 100-year-old challah cover for family members to use on Shabbat, in "Preserving heirlooms for future generations."
There is no fee to attend the meeting. For more information, send an email or see the JGSCV website.

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