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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Invites you, your family and friends to the

October 16, 2016 Program

Nancy Tauman Beginning Genealogy Class

10:30 PM Congregation Ahavath Achim

3225 Southwest Barbur Boulevard 
Portland, OR

Description:     This class if for those of you who have never researched your family history but always thought you might want to do so and for those of you who are just beginning to research your family.    I will discuss interviewing your parents, grandparents and great grandparents, if they are still alive and why that is an important first step.   I will go through two of the most commonly used websites— and using an actual person or two to see how these websites work and sometimes don’t work.  I hope that you will leave the class having learned how to find your families in the United States and have a start on how to trace them back to the “old country,” wherever that may be.

Bio:     After retiring from practicing law in 2005, Nancy began researching her colonial family and prepared a book for her children and cousins of one line of her family.  She has since documented three of her husband’s Jewish lines and has completed a historical genealogy of her husband’s grandmother and grandfather’s lines beginning in the early part of the 19th century in Eastern Europe.   She worked on her husband’s maternal grandmother’s line with a “genealogy buddy” from New York City and together they combined research and family stories ranging from Poland, London, New York, Chicago and New Mexico.

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Ron Doctor receives Lifetime Achievement Award

I am so happy to share the news that Ron Doctor received the prestigious IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference in Seattle on 11 August 2016.

IAJGS Award-1, 11 Aug 2016The text of the certificate reads:

"In recognition of his lifetime of service to Jewish genealogy through his leadership as president of the JGS of Oregon and the Kremenets District Group, Ukraine SIG leader and service on IAJGS committees. He has worked tirelessly to elevate and enhance the Ukraine SIG; energizing volunteers, nurturing the formation of numerous town research groups, made hundreds of thousands of vital records accessible and provided online availability of Ukrainian information available through an agreement with the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem. So many individuals are indebted to Ron for his help in discovering their ancestors."

Ron also received a book of support letters from, primarily, his Kremenets group members.  Please send any congratulations or statements of how Ron's involvement in genealogy influenced you. He can be reached at . Please join me in showing your appreciation and congratulations.


Barbara Hershey
JGSO President/Program Chair

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