Tuesday, November 29, 2011

JGSGO & SOJC Partner in Pilot Program

Bringing Jewish Genealogy Education to the Southwest Orlando Community

ORLANDO, FL, November 29, 2011 The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) and the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC) have partnered to launch a Jewish Genealogy Pilot Program. Beginning in December, the SOJC will host several JGSGO monthly programs.

For 20 years, the JGSGO held its monthly programs exclusively in north Orlando. During the Pilot Program, meetings will be held at the SOJC in rotation with the Congregation of Reform Judaism (CRJ). “As the greater Orlando area continues to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to make our programs accessible to the community at large. Through our partnership with the SOJC, we can now bring Jewish genealogy education to the southwest Orlando community. We also will be varying our meeting times to be accessible by those who prefer evening to daytime and weekend to weekday meetings,” remarked JGSGO President, Jerry Kurland.

The JGSGO’s events and programs provide the latest information on how to research your Jewish ancestry. Programs are offered for those who are beginners as well as experienced in genealogical research. The meetings provide an interactive venue where those just starting their search can interact with and be mentored by more experienced Jewish genealogy mavens.

While there is an ever growing abundance of genealogy data on the internet, the programs offered by the JGSGO help you to know how to use both on-line and off-line resources more effectively and efficiently – including those resources specific to tracing Jewish ancestry. All meetings are open to the public. JGSGO members can additionally access data and archives on the JGSGO private blog.

“We are enthusiastic to partner with the JGSGO in this Pilot Program as their mission fits well with the SOJC core values of education and family. We are excited to host the upcoming JGSGO December 18th annual meeting,” remarked SOJC President, Michele Fischer. “We promise a great program to quick start your Jewish genealogy pursuit. We will also have many fantastic door prizes. This will be a meeting you cannot afford to miss,” added Marlis Humphrey, JGSGO Vice President of Programs and Publicity.

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. For more information, visit our blog at www.jgsgo.blogspot.com .

About the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation
Founded in 1982 and renamed in 1994, SOJC’s mission is to be a vibrant Southwest Orlando community for Jewish spiritual enrichment, values, education and social enjoyment. Since our very beginning, SOJC’s core values have remained rock steady as we proudly proclaim we are a conservative, egalitarian, family-oriented, inclusive and welcoming community. For more information, visit our website at www.sojc.org

Friday, November 18, 2011

"How Do We Share and Preserve Memories in a Digital Era" Webinar

Daniel Horowitz, IAJGS Director-at-Large and Webmaster, will present a webinar, from Israel, on sharing and preserving memories in a digital era. The webinar will be held this Sunday, November 20, 2011, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM EST.

Learn the different options you have and the best way to digitally collect, store, preserve, publish and share your research and material gathered over so many years, to let young generations enjoy, contribute and continue your work.

Today you have a lot of options to store and share all your research material, no matter if we are talking about text, images, videos, documents or sound. Starting from the capture tools (audio recorders, cameras, cellular and scanners); to sharing physical products (CD’s, DVD’s, portable disc, electronic photo frames) or the Internet itself. Internet is the perfect place to share and preserve all your memories. You have the option to publish your material from a completely private to a completely public way, and all the levels in between. You can ask for collaboration or simply display the information, people can only see or download a copy of your material; you can control every aspect. There are all kind of easy-to-use tools and resources that facilitate us the work of setting up websites, blogs, wikis or any other way you decide to publish the information.

The webinar is free. Register in advance at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/657787406 .

Monday, November 14, 2011

JGSGO November Program Announcement "Hot Tips & Tools for Your Genealogy"

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando Proudly Presents
Featured Speaker Tom Hirsch

November 14, 2011 - Orlando, FL. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) proudly presents featured Speaker of the Month, Tom Hirsch. The topic he will present is "Hot Tips & Tools for Your Genealogy."

Tom will cover a variety of topics that will not only provide useful tips to help find important pieces of your family history, but also how to make certain you can preserve and share the irreplaceable material that you find. Tips and tools being discussed include: useful genealogy websites; using flatbed scanners; using digital cameras to photograph old materials; how to convert negatives to photos; how to photo stitch; how to network with genealogists, organizations, and family members; and attending genealogy conferences. After the meeting, Tom will make available digital files to share. In order to receive a copy, bring a flash drive.

Tom Hirsch has been a member of the JGSGO since January 2010 and currently is a member of the JGSGO Board of Directors and Vice President of Membership.

As an added feature, Marlis Humphrey, JGSGO Board of Directors and Vice President of Programs, will demonstrate how to register for and navigate on our new JGSGO blog, how to complete our on-line Membership Survey, and how to participate in the JGSGO Surname Database Project.

JGSGO President, Jerry Kurland, will also announce our new partnership and Pilot Program. The goals of the Pilot Program are: to expand accessibility of JGSGO genealogical research education to residents in the southwestern Orlando area and to those who typically are occupied during weekday business hours.

DATE:             Tuesday, November 29, 2011
TIME:              2:00 P.M.
LOCATION:    Congregation of Reform Judaism, Mini-Sanctuary Room, 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 32910
FREE:             Open to the public
FOR INFO:     J. Kurland 407-682-7799

Follow us at: www.jgsgo.blogspot.com