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
at Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Meetings are from 1:30 to 3:30 pm unless noted otherwise.
We will not be meeting in July
Sunday, August 26
Sara Cochran presents:
Grandma Said What? Gathering and Verifying Your Family's Oral History
1:30 pm at Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
In this presentation,Sara will talk about what oral history really is and why we need to confirm it, how to gather and preserve stories and family information through interviews, then take a look at a couple "tall tales" and the types of records and resources could provide details to help confirm -or possibly disprove - the story.
Sara Cochran has been conducting genealogical research for over 20 years, and her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate as well as a Bachelor Degree in Library Science. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy. She began her career as a professional genealogist in 2016 after spending over 11 years working for a pre-employment background check company. She is currently the Treasurer of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Registrar for the Aurantia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteers at the National Archives, Riverside office. She has also served on the board of the Genealogical Society of Riverside.
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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