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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon 

Invites you, your family and friends to the
May 31, 2015 Program

Doors will open by 1 PM for schmooz time. Program at 1:30.

Place: Congregation Ahavath Achim 

3225 Southwest Barbur Boulevard Portland, OR 

Galicia, the Austrian Empire & Beyond: Mining Unusual Records in Archives & Online to Expand Your Research

Speaker: Pamela Weisberger 

Not everything is online. Learn how to research the people of a community within the context of the place they lived, in all its historical layers, using online and archival resources. We’ll focus on the record collections of Gesher Galicia to demonstrate the surprises in these genealogical treasures. For researchers whose interests lie beyond Galicia, there will be examples of similar records pertaining to research in other countries. We will also look at historical newspapers throughout Eastern Europe. 

Putting theory into practice. Take an interactive tour of Gesher Galicia's awardwinning website and search engines. This site is a one-stop resource for people interested in researching their families and ancestral towns from the former Austro- Hungarian province of Galicia with content for 500+ Galician towns and over 3,000 Galician families. We'll do real-time searches (showing you the special "sort" features on the site) to demonstrate the best ways to mine the riches of this virtual "gateway to Galicia. 

Pamela WeisbergerPamela Weisberger is the 1st vice-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, president of Gesher Galicia: the Bridge to Galicia, and created the Galician Archival Records Project. A professional genealogist, writer, and international lecturer, she specializes in Eastern European archival and historical newspaper research and cadastral maps.

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

Cost: The program is free to 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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