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.
January 26, 2020
Robinn Magid: Hidden Treasures in the JRI-Poland Database
Robinn was the chair of the IAJGS 2018 Warsaw conference and will chair the 2020 San Diego conference. She has written periodically for Avotaynu since 1994, and has travelled to Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine on genealogical expeditions. Oh, and she grew up in Temple Beth Shalom where we meet!
No, we are NOT at HB Central Library
JLife magazine somehow included a listing in the Senior Calendar that says we are at the Huntington Beach Central Library on this date. No clue where that listing came from.
Harold Fisher: Evernote
Hal Bookbinder: Why Our Ancestors Left the Pale of Settlement
Jews had lived in Western Russia (the Pale) for centuries. At the turn of the last century, two million left. This talk discusses how the Pale came to be, life in it and why the mass migration occurred. It breaks its 120-year history into periods of creation, confinement, repression, enlightenment, pogroms and chaos. There is more to the story than the horrific violence at the turn of the 20th century.
Sheryl Stahl: Jewish Genealogical Resources at the Hebrew Union College Library
Diane Mizrachi: Genealogical Resources at the UCLA Young Research Library
Diane Mizrachi is the Judaica and Israeli Studies librarian at UCLA. Dr. Mizrachi will speak about the genealogical resources maintained and available in the UCLA Young Research Library.
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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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