Calender of Events

Friday, November 17, 2017

SDJGS Hosts Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00 p.m.
JCC Senior Activity Room
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla

Please join us for a Hanukkah afternoon celebration of food and friendship while sharing our personal traditions, stories and experiences celebrating this holiday.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Members $10 and non-members $15
Deadline Extended, Please  RSVP by
Tuesday, November 21. 

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you will be attending

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

There will be a silent auction including items from My Heritage, Roots Magic, FTDNA to name a few. Plus a drawing for a free full year membership to the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society for all those who purchase a buffet ticket. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SDJS Next Meeting - November 12, 2017

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
Lawrence Family JCC
JCC Senior Activity Room

Executive Dr & Genesee Ave., La Jolla,Ca

Programs are open to the public and non-members are welcome

November 12, 2017at 1:00 pm

Interactive Research Meeting Overcoming “Brick Walls” and “Dead Ends”  
 What do you do when your family history research hits a dead-end,?
This interactive research meeting will provide an opportunity to take advantage of some of our member’s years of experience in genealogical researching skills to help you find solutions to knock down a brick wall or two. 

Beginners will appreciate the opportunity to ask “Where should I start?” or “What should I do next?” Experienced researchers may find another person who knows what resource tool will bring your ancestors out from behind your brick walls.   Please bring your pedigree charts and papers so we can review them.

Help us help you by submitting specific questions about your research to info@sdjgs in advance of the meeting.  

Please bring any items you would like to donate to our December 3rd  Hanukah Party “Silent Auction” with you to our November meeting or drop them off at the library (and put them in the box behind the desk, or leave them at the JCC Information counter marked for SDJGS Silent Auction).  

Please fill out the Profile Form, on our website bottom left, so we can chart where your ancestors came from, and what surnames you are researching. When the majority of members complete this form we will create a spreadsheet and distribute it to members.

All meetings start at 1:00 p.m.
Second Sunday of the month unless otherwise announced.
For more information about our society, check our website,

 Please attend to experience SDJGS members helping each other

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 6, 2017

SDJGS Presents Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor

October 8, 2017

   1:00 PM

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
Lawrence Family JCC
JCC Senior Activity Room

Executive Dr & Genesee Ave., La Jolla,Ca

Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor
Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax and Sandra Scheller 

Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax is a notable Holocaust survivor and local San Diego resident, and now her story has been documented by her daughter, Sandra Scheller, in a book entitled, "Try to Remember Never Forget " Join us as Ruth and her daughter narrate the dramatic life circumstances that led her from her birthplace in central Czechoslovakia, to three concentration camps, and finally to her home in America.

Sandra Scheller’s artistic life includes creating, designing costumes and clothing for film, theater and runway. She graduated from San Diego State University and received her teaching credentialing from UCLA. She won the Top Female Mime Award at the National Mime Festival in 1975 and 1976, performed in numerous commercials as a mime, She is married, has raised 2 boys and now assists with the needs of her Mom, a job and responsibility that takes priority over everything.

Their book will be available to purchase after the presentation. 

For more information about our society, check our website,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

San Diego Genealogy Day 2017: Registration Now Open!

The San Diego History Center and San Diego Genealogical Society are partnering to present the third-annual Genealogy Day on Saturday, October 21, from 8:00am-12:30pm, at the History Center. Dawn Parrett Thurston, author and family historian, will be the keynote speaker addressing, “Writing My Roots“.
Participants will have the opportunity to choose breakout sessions for both beginning and advanced researchers. The program will also include a continental breakfast and an exhibit hall full of experts to answer your questions on the process of researching your family tree.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society Meeting

June 11, 2017

1:00 PM

Computer Backup Strategies By Mike McMahon

What would happen if your computer crashed today? Would your genealogy research be safe, or would it be lost forever? Genealogists should make it a habit of backing up their information on a regular basis-
There are a number of ways that you can backup your information. Mike McMahon will Review several strategies for easy and effective backup of your computer based photos, videos, and other important files. A reliable backup is your best protection against the pitfalls of computer viruses and equipment failures. Don't get caught unprepared!

Mike McMahon is a retired executive from a major manufacturer of computer equipment. He now enjoys sharing his expertise in technology and photography with others. Mike is currently teaching classes in digital photography, the iPad, and other tech topics at the Carlsbad Senior Center and at other North County locations. An informative and entertaining speaker, Mike has been well received by many San Diego County genealogy audiences in the past

Friday, April 21, 2017

SDJGS Presents Gena Philibert-Ortega May 21st.

Please join us for the next SDJGS Meeting.
  We are fortunate to have Gena Philibert-Ortega as our Presenter!

May 21, 2017
1:00 PM

"Schools, Jails, and Asylums: Your Ancestor’s Institutional Life"      
by   Gena Philibert-Ortega

     No matter who your ancestor was, chances are they interacted with at least one institution in their life. These records can help you tell the unique story of your ancestor’s life. What records exist for schools, jails, hospitals and asylums? In this presentation, our speaker will explore various types of institutional records, what they reveal about our ancestors, and where they can be found.

     Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada, as well as virtually to audiences worldwide on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Family Tree Magazine, Gena also writes regularly for the GenealogyBank Blog and her own blogs. Gena also was a researcher for the first season of the PBS show “Genealogy Roadshow”.

Lawrence Family JCC
4126 Executive Drive
JCC Senior Activity Room
Executive Dr. & Genesee Ave., La Jolla, CA

All meetings start at 1:00 p.m. on second Sunday of the month unless otherwise announced.

Monday, February 20, 2017

SDJGS Presents Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD March 12th.

Lawrence Family JCC
4126 Executive Drive
JCC Senior Activity Room
Executive Dr. & Genesee Ave., La Jolla, CA

All meetings start at 1:00 p.m. on second Sunday of the month unless otherwise announced

March 12, 2017 1:00 pm

Reach Out and Touch Someone – 
A Talk on International Searches

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD

We regularly use libraries and archives close to home, but how do we access such resources in a foreign country? Although the internet has made it easier to reach genealogists on the other side of the world, we still face challenges in knowing what resources are available "over there", and how to communicate with others who do not speak English. Online translators allow us to translate between quite a few languages and English, so that interacting using the rudiments of another language is not as difficult as they used to be. Even if your grammar is not perfect, you will be surprised to find how understanding a phone call or an email recipient can be as you try to communicate with him in his native tongue.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognised forensic genealogist, the founder of Identifinders International.  She has been involved in high profile forensic cases, As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases; she has researched in over 50 countries and has lectured widely in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  She has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines, and on international radio and television programs.