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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Invites you, your family and friends to the

November 13, 2016 @ 10:30 AM Program 

at Congregation Ahavath Achim
3225 Southwest Barbur Boulevard
Portland, OR  97239

Thomas MacEnteeUsing and Managing a Research Log

Description:     This month’s meeting will be a video presentation.  It is Part 1 of a two part webinar on Using and Managing a Research Log. It is presented by Thomas MacEntee of High-Definition Genealogy and will run approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Topics covered will include:
•    Why use a genealogy research log?
•    What to include in a genealogy research log
•    Evidence evaluation fields
•    Genealogy research log templates
•    Creating a to do list
•    Tracking search attempts
•    Tracking a record
•    Modifying and updating your genealogy research log
•    Other formats for genealogy research logs
•    Best practices for genealogy research tracking

Handouts will be available at the door or in an electronic format on the JGSO website after the meeting.

Bio:     Thomas MacEntee’s started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology.  His list of skills and services include Speaking and Lecturing; Education; Self-Publishing; Marketing; Networking; Market Analysis; Coaching and Mentoring and also Entrepreneurship.  

*New to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon?  Join today and the 2017 Membership fees will include the November and December 2016 presentations at no additional charge.

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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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We have a new webpage full of pictures!
 Check out Pictorial Oregon Jewish History

It currently has three sections - Jewish Businesses in Oregon, Jewish Activities in Oregon and Oregon Jewish History: South Portland. More photos will be added at a later date.

You may discover some of your relatives here.  The webpage can be accessed by the above link or from any JGSO webpage by clicking on the link in the Stories sidebar.

Photos are courtesy of Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
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