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The next JGSO meeting will be held Tuesday April 21, 2015

7:00PM Congregation Ahavath Achim 

3225 Southwest Barbur Boulevard Portland, OR 

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RE: Using Like a Pro with Crista Cowan

Crista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years and has been a professional genealogist since 2002.  She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish Immigration, and sharing family history with the genealogically challenged.

Crista regularly teaches Family History classes at her local LDS Family History Center and at conferences and genealogy societies around the country.  She has been employed at since 2004 and is known as The Barefoot Genealogist.  She has an internet show on Tue and Thu mornings at 10 am (Pacific Time) at  You can watch past episodes at

Other ways of getting more Crista are through the following links.
   Tues and Thursday AM  10 AM Pacific time

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon 

Invite you, your family and friends to the
March 22, 2015 Program

1:00PM Congregation Ahavath Achim 

3225 Southwest Barbur Boulevard Portland, OR 

(Doors will open at 12:30 with time for conversation and sharing.)

Using Like a Pro with Crista Cowan

Crista Cowan, Barefoot GenealogistJoin Crista Cowan, Barefoot Genealogist, for an in-depth look at  Crista is a much sought after speaker, and their specialist in Jewish research.  She will share her favorite tips for searching through more than 15 billion online records to find the records you need and she will preview some upcoming changes to the site.  Crista will demonstrate other aspects of the website and will answer your questions. She will highlight the online resources available to you to continue your genealogy education.

Crista was raised in Washington County.  Some of you may remember her daylong sold out seminar with us a few years back. She has been with since 2004; her involvement in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood.  You may watch her live show, The Barefoot Genealogist, every Tuesday at 10:00 AM (Pacific) on

Please come early if you would like help from other genealogists. 

Cost: The program is free to 2014 JGSO members. We request a $5 contribution from non-members. That fee can be applied to a membership should you decide to join JGSO at this meeting. 

For more information about the program, please write to or call Barbara Hershey at 503-249-1976.

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Five slices of Jewish life in Portland.
All photos courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum.
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South Portland
 Football team 1915
OJM 5081 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
Young men and women at a social gathering. c.1925Young men and women at a social gathering.  c.1925
Max Simon, Morton J. Goodman, Rabbi Alvin Fine, Sam Solomon, Hilda Simon, Leo Levinson, Irvin Goodman

OJM 01910 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
Golden Age Club meeting at the Neighborhood House 1949
Mrs. Wendla Sand
OJM 163 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM02266t.jpgBoys studying Torah. n.d.
Teacher Asher Etinger
Copyright William Galen, OJM 2266 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM04052t.jpgNeighborhood House May Court for the Rose Festival 1928
Minnie Berg (or maybe Mona Pautel), Grace Rogoway, ? Leopold, Helen Wolfman, ? Goldstein
OJM 4052 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum

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