Welcome to the Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society! The OCJGS is your resource in Orange County, California, for all things related to finding your Jewish roots.
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned expert, you will find our monthly meetings stimulating and informative. In addition to meetings, hands-on workshops, and special events, members also have access to an excellent library of books and magazines pertinent to Jewish genealogy.
The Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
Remember the Days of Old; Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders and they will explain to you. (Deut. 32:7)
זכר ימות עולם בינו שנות דור ודור שאל אביך ויגדך זקניך ויאמרו לך פרשת האזינו
Calendar of Events
We normally meet the 4th Sunday of each month.
Meetings are from 1:30 to 3:30 pm unless noted otherwise.
Sunday, March 25
Laura Gold presents:
Identifying name changes - And, no, the name wasn't changed by an immigration officer
1:30 pm at Congregation B'nei Tzedek, 9669 Talbert Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Hitting a brick wall because you do not know your family’s name before it was changed in the United States ? This lecture focuses on methods of determining the original family name and understanding the name change process.
Biographical Background: Laura Gold has engaged in genealogical research since about 1995 when she received family trees for her mother’s family from her cousin. In investigating the family, she found out that her mother’s maiden name “Silverman” was changed from “Srebnik.” Thus, she developed a particular interest in name changes and has assisted others in identifying their original family name. She is retired from the Office of the Attorney General were she worked as a trial lawyer. A former college debater, she is a skilled public speaker and has made genealogy presentations to women’s organizations and coordinated a Roots class at the SAGE Society. At the International Jewish Genealogical Society Los Angeles Conference she led tours of Jewish Los Angeles.
Sunday, April 22
Chris Greene presents:
DNA Success Story
1:30 pm at Temple Beth David, 6100 Hefley St, Westminster, CA 92683
The presentation will be on three cases of unknown parentage that were solved using
autosomal DNA results, an adoption and two different unexpected matches.
Tues, May 29
Daniel Horowitz presents:
Holocaust Research & Success Story
7:00 pm at Temple Beth David, 6100 Hefley St, Westminster, CA 92683
Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogist at MyHeritage, one of the premier online resources for genealogical research.
Check back soon for more details...
Assisted research at every meeting!
Need help getting started? Stuck at a brick wall? Come early (from 1:00 to 1:30) and one of our experienced genealogists will be glad to give you some one-on-one help. You can even bring your laptop or tablet.
Please contact us for an appointment.
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