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
from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
We meet in the Community Room next to the Social Hall.
NOTE: The synagogue has recently locked down the parking lot and access to the building. They're still working out the kinks to allow easy and secure guest access. If you show up and can't figure out how to get in, please be patient. Someone will rescue you and get you in!
Joel Weintraub: Crowdsourcing the path to the 1950 census
What's on the 1950 US census? What locational tools have Joel, Steve Morse, and their volunteers completed to help search this census when it opens on April 1, 2022? How can you help this project?
Joel is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton, and was a volunteer for nine years at the National Archives, then in Laguna Niguel, CA. For over a decade, Joel has created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse "One-Step" website. He has given presentations on census (both federal and NYC), immigration and naturalization, biographical and Jewish genealogy topics and has published articles on many of those topics.
Hanukkah Party & Mentoring
Latkes (maybe), donuts (probably), and one-on-one help (definitely).
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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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