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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Willamette Valley Oregon is working with YAD VASHEM, The Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, to help identify and remember every possible victim of the Holocaust. Click here for more information.

Our meetings are open to everyone. You are welcome to ask genealogy research questions, report success stories, and show old photos, reference books and family heirlooms. JGSWVO members can borrow books and newsletters from our library and list family names and towns on our website.

Thursday, October 15 — 7:00 PM
Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Program: Researching USCIS Records
US Citizenship and Immigration Services historical records expert Marian L. Smith will present “Researching USCIS Records,” an overview of the Federal immigration agency’s records housed both at the National Archives (NARA) and USCIS. The talk will include examples, identify finding aids, and explain research procedures, and will be geared toward beginners and moderately experienced researchers.

Marian L. Smith specializes in the history and uses of immigration and naturalization records. She served as Chief Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1988 to 2003, then for its successor, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), from 2003 to 2014. During that time her articles appeared in the National Archives journal Prologue, the FGS Forum, and other publications. Marian now serves the USCIS Records Division as an historical records subject matter expert, whose current work focuses on automation, digitization, data integrity, and training.

Marian has written an excellent article, “Women and Naturalization 1802-1940.” Since the mid-nineteenth century a succession of laws worked to keep certain women out of naturalization records and, in many cases, barred their naturalization. Marian’s paper helps the genealogist by taking them through the various laws and regulations effecting female naturalization over the years and showing how to research the elusive naturalization records for women.

Sunday, November 8 — 1:00 PM
Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Program: Put Uncle Max in His Place: How to organize your computer files for genealogy
Do your ancestors keep changing their names? Do you search for documents online because you forgot you already had them? Have you lost Uncle Max? Michael Sussman will present a simple and effective method for organizing your electronic genealogy files. Instantly see the "Who, When & What" of each document. Learn and share tips to make file management easier and more fun. This presentation will use Windows; much will apply to Mac.
Michael has a degree in computer programming, a successful bookkeeping business, and a delightful sense of humor.

Sunday, December 13 — 1:00 PM
• Genealogy success stories and problem-solving session
• Election of JGSWVO Board members
• Future program wish list
• Chanukah treats

Program: Preservation 101
Dr. Pamela Endzweig, Director of Anthropology Collections at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, will give an introduction to the main causes of damage and deterioration to your heirlooms and discuss ways of preserving them for future generations.

JGSWVO is a member of International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

36th Annual IAJGS Conference
August 7-12, 2016 - Seattle, Washington
The conference theme is “The Wandering Jew”. Details about the conference focus, FAQs and other information can be found on the website. More details will be available as programming evolves.

Under the News/Blog tab you will find instructions on how to get blog posts and how to join the conference discussion group. This year’s discussion group is moderated, and moderators will read every submission for suitability.

It is anticipated that the call for proposals will go out around September 1, 2015, and registration will open January 4, 2016. Registration at the hotel will be tied to conference registration. It is planned to have all add-ons (trips, meals, etc.) available at the time conference registration goes live.

Contact information for committee members is available under the contact tab on the website.

Email for more information about JGSWVO
—Become a JGSWVO member
—Download JGSWVO information handout

Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
Click here for information

Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe
JGSWVO member Hap Ponedel is building a website with the primary goal of gathering the widest possible variety of historical maps for Jewish genealogists and researchers interested in the Jews of Eastern Europe. Maps from libraries around the world, as well as online sources, are offered along with links to Jewish encyclopedias to create a historical atlas. Check-in periodically as maps and links are continuously added.

Jews of Eugene, Oregon,” by Robert Levinson. Dr. Levinson interviewed several people with knowledge of the early Jewish community in Eugene.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
Meets on the second Monday of each month from September through June
Most meetings are held at the LDS Factoria Building in Bellevue, 4200 124th Ave. SE
Free admission

Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Meetings normally held September through June
Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland

Oregon Jewish Museum
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 12:00–4:00 p.m.

1953 NW Kearney St., Portland.
For information: (503) 226-3600

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