Saturday, May 31, 2014

Using SIGs to Find Your Ancestors



ORLANDO, FL, May 31, 2014 — Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring IAJGS President, Marlis Humphrey, “Using SIGs to Find Your Ancestors”.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an invaluable resource to finding your ancestors. SIGs are a group of people whose common interest is a geographic region of ancestral origin or a special topic. There are more than a couple dozen various Jewish genealogy SIGs – e.g. German-Jewish SIG, Latvia SIG, GRI- Poland SIG, Rabbinic Genealogy SIG, etc. Most have unique and very useful information available to those researching their family history on a website. Many also have an email based discussion group where members can get help and share information. Many SIGs are also instrumental in sponsoring translation projects to index records from their region of interest. These records might only otherwise be available by visiting an in-country archive. Many SIGs have an annual meeting coincident with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conference www.iajgs2014.org. Learn about the myriad of resources available through the various Jewish genealogy SIGs, how to access them, and how to utilize this resource to discover your ancestry.
Prior to the program, starting at 6:30pm, there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven.

Marlis Glaser Humphrey is President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), Vice President of Programs and Publicity for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO), and Vice President and Technology Outreach Committee Chairs for the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS). Marlis recently received the FSGS 2014 Distinguished Service award. She has successfully discovered all her ancestral shtetls. Marlis is founder of myAncestories, a company that helps genealogists create family histories to treasure. Marlis holds a B.A. in Russian and an M.S. in Management of Technology.
DATE: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (6:30pm for networking and mavens)
ADMISSION: Open to the public. Free admission.
LOCATION: Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.
About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $35 for an individual and $40 for a family. For more information visit our blog at www.jgsgo.blogspot.com , “like” us at www.facebook.com/jgsgreaterorlando or call us at 407-494-4230.
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Contact Information:
Marlis Humphrey JGSGO VP Programs & Publicity jgsgo.programs@gmail.com
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

“BillionGraves and Beyond”

 “BillionGraves and Beyond”
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando Program

ORLANDO, FL, April 24, 2014 — Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring BillionGraves’ Chief Technology Officer, Brian Moncur, “BillionGraves and Beyond”.

The aim of BillionGraves is to collect images and the location of all headstones throughout the world before these valuable historical records disappear, and make them freely available to the world.  This is a monumental task and not one that we can do alone. This is especially important for Jewish headstones as they traditionally document the name of the deceased’s father – enabling one to go back another generation in a family tree. Brian will show why this work is important and how to get started. BillionGraves uses cutting edge technology to make it easy and fun to collect and search for grave site records.  

Prior to the program, starting at 6:30pm, there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven. With Yom HaShoah, there is no better time to research one’s family tree.
           



Brian has been working on BillionGraves for three years now and has been a huge asset to BillionGraves from the start. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and has an extensive background in software design and development. He was the CTO for Fonix (a speech recognition company) as well as for AppTime, the original developer of BillionGraves. In his spare time he loves mountain biking, rock climbing/canyoneering and talking technology with his three sons who all had a hand in the creation of BillionGraves. 

DATE: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (6:30pm for networking and mavens)
ADMISSION: Open to the public. $5.00 for non-members. Free for members.
LOCATION: Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando – Roth JCC – Maitland Campus, Senior Lounge, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $35 for an individual and $40 for a family. For more information “like” us at www.facebook.com/jgsgreaterorlando, or visit our blog at www.jgsgo.blogspot.com , or call us at 407-494-4230.

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Contact Information: 

Marlis Humphrey
JGSGO VP Programs & Publicity
jgsgo.programs@gmail.com

Monday, March 17, 2014

Red Star Line, Gateway to the New World from Antwerp (Belgium) to Philadelphia, New York, Boston & Baltimore 1873-1934


ORLANDO, FL, March 17, 2014 — Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring widely acclaimed lecturer from Antwerp, Erwin Joos, “Red Star Line, Gateway to the New World from Antwerp (Belgium) to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, & Baltimore 1873-1934”.
Nearly 3 million passengers emigrated from Eastern Europe on the Red Star Line. Erwin Joos’s lecture is part history of the Red Star Line and the Eastern European emigrants that departed from Antwerp to North America and part story of the artist, Eugeen Van Mieghem, who captured the emigrants in his beautiful paintings. Many were Jews escaping the poverty and pogroms of Eastern Europe. Exhausted from the ordeals of illegal border crossings, endless train rides and travel by foot, those who had to travel in steerage -- which meant most -- were subjected to dockside inspections and the disinfection of their luggage. Those who couldn't be given a clean bill of health were turned back. Those sent on were examined more exhaustively on arrival. Engrossed by the scene, Van Mieghem caught it all: mothers with babies, children, bent old women, bearded men, as well as the people of the port: stevedores, sailors, ship captains, prostitutes, women who stitched bags for grain. Most of us with Eastern European roots will find the story of the Red Line and the Van Mieghem paintings and what they depict are related to our personal family histories. You also will have the opportunity to purchase Erwin’s beautiful artbook, The Missing Images.
Prior to the program, starting at 6:30pm, there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven.
                                                       

Erwin Joos is Curator of the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum (www.vanmieghemmuseum.com) since 1993 and Director since 1986 of the Eugeen Van Mieghem Foundation, a non-profit organization with approximately 1,000 members. Erwin has given more than 100 lectures in Dutch, English and French in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Washington D.C., London, Geneva, Bordeaux, Philadelphia, and aboard the Queen Mary II sailing between Southampton and New York. Erwin is the author of 7 artbooks and 12 albums and organized 15 major exhibitions in Belgium (The Municipal Printroom and the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp, In Flanders Fields in Ypres), the United States (New York: Ellis Island Immigration Museum and South Street Seaport Museum, Philadelphia: Gersman Y Center, JCC’s Memphis and Norfolk), France (Paris, Institut Néerlandais), England (Londen), Switserland (Fondation Neumann, Genève), Holland (Amsterdam: Rembrandthouse and the Jewish Historical Museum; Markiezenhof in Bergen Op Zoom; Schielandtshuis in Rotterdam) and Germany (Barlach Haus in Hamburg, Castle of Wernigerode and the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Berlin). Erwin studied applied economics at the University of Louvain and post-graduate Financial Theory.
DATE: Tuesday,April1,2014
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (6:30pm for networking and mavens)
ADMISSION: Open to the public. Free admission.
LOCATION: Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.
About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our Facebook page and  “like” us at www.facebook.com/ jgsgreaterorlando  or our blog at www.jgsgo.blogspot.com, or call us at 407-494-4230.