Calender of Events

Thursday, December 31, 2015

SDJGS Welcomes Joel Weintraub

January 10, 2016

1:00 pm

“Manifest Destiny”: Names at Ellis Island
By
Joel Weintraub, PhD


About 70% of immigrants to the U.S. during 1892 through 1924 came through the Ellis Island immigration station. The island’s history including the Wall of Honor, and the changing questions on ship manifest forms will be shown. The pressures of the "Great Migration" eventually led to immigration quotas. The persistent myth of name changes at Ellis Island will be analyzed. Twenty percent of processed immigrants ended up on detention sheets, and we will find out where those can be found. Finally, we will introduce all four (4!) of the ship name indexes. After this talk the audience should have a clear idea of the process the immigrants went through, and a greater appreciation of the manifest as a genealogy research tool. Be prepared to try to successfully negotiate the "Island of Tears" and avoid deportation by Joel! Original material will be displayed.
  Joel, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton. He volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration. Joel created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse "One-Step" website. He and Steve are currently developing locational tools for the 2022 release of the 1950 federal census. Joel has written and talked on NYC and Federal census research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island, biographical research, and Jewish genealogy topics.

More info here: http://www.sdjgs.org/




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society's Hanukkah Party

Sunday, December 13th, 1:00 p.m.
JCC Senior Activity Room
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla

Please join us for a Hanukkah afternoon celebration of food, friendship and a
movie entitled “Living our Legacy”
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

CATERED BUFFET INCLUDING LATKES: $5.

Since we are opening this event to the public and space is limited, please
RSVP by Tuesday, December 1.

Please RSVP at info@sdjgs.org  

You may pay
using your PayPal account or a credit card by going to our Website http://www.sdjgs.org/Join.html 
Please note, there is a convenient box on the bottom of the home page to make a reservation for one, two, or three people using the drop down
or

mail your check and reservation: to
San Diego JGS
P. O. Box 927089
San Diego, CA 92192-7089

There will be a drawing for a free full year membership to the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society for all those who purchase a buffet ticket.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Genealogy Day 2015 A Success!

 The first ever Genealogy Day took place last Saturday at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. The event was co-sponsored by the San Diego Genealogical Society and the San Diego History Center. San Diego Genealogical Council Members who participated with info tables were the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, the San Diego Genealogical Society, the San Diego History Center, the Immigrant Genealogical Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, and a table for military resources.

   CeCe Moore gave an excellent keynote on genetic DNA research. She talked about past research strategies that she used in the PBS series "Finding Your Roots". After the keynote, there were four more classes available:

*   “DNA: Stories from Finding Your Roots” (Keynote - CeCe Moore)

*   “Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You.” - CeCe Moore

*   “Researching Your Family Tree – How to Get Started” - Del Ritchhart

*  “Social Media & Networking for Genealogists” - Randy Seaver

*  “Local & Online Resources for Genealogy Research” panel discussion with Peter Steelquist (Facilitator), Rick Crawford (Central Library), Jane Kenealy (San Diego History Center Research Library), Ross McCollum (San Diego Family Search Library) and Amy Davis (Carlsbad Library).

 The classes repeated in the second session so people could attend a different one that they missed in the first session.

 We hope to have another one next year, so don't miss it!

Below are some photos.

San Diego History Center

Attendee's checking in

The San Diego Genealogical Society

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society

The Immigrant Genealogical Society

The Military Research Help Desk

Sons of the American Revolution

The beautiful theater for the keynote address

CeCe Moore's keynote address

CeCe Moore talking about Anderson Cooper's ethnicity

CeCe Moore with Dr. Diane Lott, President of SDGS

On to the classes!

Del Ritchhart teaching beginning genealogy

Panel discussion on genealogical resources in San Diego County

Randy Seaver teaching about using social media for genealogy

CeCe Moore teaching about Autosomal DNA



A special thank you to the San Diego History Center and all the volunteers who made this happen.

















Friday, September 11, 2015

1st. Ever Genealogy Day in San Diego!

Join us next month for the first ever Genealogy Day co-sponsored by the San Diego Genealogical Society and the San Diego History Center. Keynote speaker will be by Your Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore, with break-out sessions with Randy Seaver, Del Ritchhart, and a panel with Peter Steelquist, Rick Crawford, Amy Davis, Jane Kenealy and Ross McCollum.




*   “DNA: Stories from Finding Your Roots” (Keynote - CeCe Moore)

*   “Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You.” - CeCe Moore

*   “Researching Your Family Tree – How to Get Started” - Del Ritchhart

*  “Social Media & Networking for Genealogists” - Randy Seaver

*  “Local & Online Resources for Genealogy Research” panel discussion with Peter Steelquist (Facilitator), Rick Crawford (Central Library), Jane Kenealy (San Diego History Center Research Library), Ross McCollum (San Diego Family Search Library) and Amy Davis (Carlsbad Library).

Genealogy Day will also include a continental breakfast and Exhibit Hall.  The registration fee is $40 for SDGS and SDHC members, and $50 for non-members.

Seating will be limited, so register soon!

For registration and information, visit:  www.sandiegohistory.org/genealogy. For questions contact Penny McBride, SDGS Education Programs, pmfamilytree@gmail.com.


CeCe Moore

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

CeCe Moore is a Genetic Genealogist who has appeared on TV shows such as Finding Your Roots, 20/20, The Doctors, and CBS This Morning and is the genetic genealogy consultant for Finding Your Roots and Genealogy Roadshow . Moore was the genetic genealogist who worked with the Branum family on the Thomas Ray Lippert/University of Utah artificial insemination sperm swap case, and discovered the true identity of the man raised as Paul Fronczak. The birth parents of California foundling Kayla Tovo were also identified through Moore's work. 

As a result of discovering that her brother-in-law is a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings after a 23andMe test revealed unexpected African ancestry, Moore founded the Hemings/Jefferson Autosomal DNA Project.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SDJGS Welcomes Zack Wilske

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla
***Save the Date***
Thursday, October 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Beyond Passenger Lists: Documenting 20th Century Immigrant Lives
Zack Wilske



US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Historian Zack Wilske will use case studies to introduce researchers to a variety of historical federal immigration and naturalization records available through the USCIS Genealogy Program and from the National Archives. Topics will include naturalization records, alien registration records, immigrant visa files, and other records documenting lives of immigrants during the first half of the twentieth  century.  Researchers will see example files, hear tips on connecting the records to each other, and learn how to advance their immigration research beyond the basics.

Zack Wilske is Historian for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). His research interests include the history of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the development of federal immigration and nationality policies, and the uses of INS records for historians and genealogists. He speaks regularly at academic and genealogy conferences and has published several articles on research with federal immigration and naturalization records.

Seating is limited. Reservations required. 
Please RSVP by September 30 to info@sdjgs.org

Friday, August 14, 2015

Meeting Notice: CGSSD August 15, 2015

MEETING NOTICE

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month  (except December) from 9:00 am to noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego.  See our web page www.cgssd.org  for directions.  The next meeting will be held on 15 August 2015.  Here are the details:

 9:00:  SIG groups - None are scheduled.  If this changes, an update to this notice will be sent.
10:00: Voting on dissolution of CGSSD  
NOTE: Any existing member who wishes to pay their dues to be able to vote, will be able to do so.  CGSSD will accept the payment.  The paid dues will not be refunded.  
10:00: Break, refreshments
10:20: Announcements followed by program:

"Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records"
Randy Seaver

FamilySearch has over 2,000 record collections, and many of them are not indexed and cannot be searched using search engines.  They are digitized from FHL microfilms.  Think of them as "digital microfilm" - you have to browse these records.  There are finding aids to help the researcher find records for their ancestors - waypoints, volumes, volume indexes, etc.  This presentation will demonstrate how to find records for your ancestors in probate, land, town, tax and other unindexed records. 

Randy Seaver (see attached photo) is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants. He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992.

Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair. He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS.  He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SCGS, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com). 

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pines Road, turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any space other than those specifically reserved for UCSD vehicles. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to our website www.cgssd.org; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website for directions.

Linda Brady
CGSSD VP-Admin

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CGSSD Welcomes Back Randy Seaver This August

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) will welcome back Genea-Musings blogmaster, Randy Seaver, on August 15th. for a one-hour presentation entitled...

"Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records"



FamilySearch has over 2,000 record collections, and many of them are not indexed and cannot be searched using search engines.  They are digitized from FHL microfilms.  Think of them as "digital microfilm" - you have to browse these records.  There are finding aids to help the researcher find records for their ancestors - waypoints, volumes, volume indexes, etc.  This presentation will demonstrate how to find records for your ancestors in probate, land, town, tax and other unindexed records.


Bio: Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants. He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992.

Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair. He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS.  He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SCGS, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com).

Randy Seaver at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City

Details:

Date: Saturday, 15 August 2015

Schedule for the Day: 

9:00 User Groups & Special Interest Groups 
10:00 Break and Refreshments - Special vote for members.
10:20 Announcements 
10:30 Featured Presentation 

Place: Robinson Auditorium Complex, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), 
University of California, San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla. Parking in Pangea Garage. 


For more details including maps to UCSD visit www.cgssd.org



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - July 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for July 2015 include:

** Wednesday, 8 July, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista City Hall, Building A, Executive Board Room 103B (276 4th Avenue) -- CVGS Research Group led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

 ** Saturday, 11 July, 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) --  CVGS Saturday Workshop.  Susi Pentico will lead a discussion of "Brick Wall Solutions" of attendees.

** Wednesday, 15 July, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.


** Wednesday, 29 July, 12:30 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m., at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  
CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  The speaker will be Gabe Selak on "Balboa Park Centennial Celebration of 1015 Panama-California Exposition." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 July, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --Research Assistance in the Family Research area.  John Finch will help you with your research problems.  Bring your laptop if you want to do online research.
The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library is located at 365 "F" Street in Chula Vista - between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, midway between I-5 and I-805 (take the "E" Street exit from the freeways).

The Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library is located at 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita - turn north on Billy Casper Way, just west of the Otay Lakes Road intersection with Bonita Road, on the north side of Bonita Road.

We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the greater San Diego area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves.  All CVGS events are FREE to attend, except for some seminars and picnics.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Programs for May 2015

The May 2015 meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS, www.cvgenealogy.org) include:

** Saturday, 2 May, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) --  CVGS Workshop.  Randy Seaver, Shirley Becker Bethel Williams and Susi Pentico on different subjects. 

** Wednesday, 13 May, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Conference Room, led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

** Wednesday, 20 May, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.


** Wednesday, 27 May, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  The speaker will be Randy Seaver on "Probate Records -- My Favorite Record Type." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 6, 13, 20, and 27 May, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --Research Assistance in the Family Research area.  John Finch will help you with your research problems.  Bring your laptop if you want to do online research.

The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library is located at 365 "F" Street in Chula Vista - between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, midway between I-5 and I-805 (take the "E" Street exit from the freeways).

The Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library is located at 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita - turn north on Billy Casper Way, just west of the Otay Lakes Road intersection with Bonita Road, on the north side of Bonita Road.

We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the greater San Diego area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves.  All CVGS events are FREE to attend, except for some seminars and picnics.