Dear Members and Friends of JGSO,
As genealogists, we all look back at what came before us. I am extremely grateful to the genealogical community for all of the gathering of records, exploring, organizing, volunteering and sharing they have done. It makes it possible for me to explore a relatively recent passion doing research on my family story.
So, as I write this now, I thank you for your participation in the JGSO. What an interesting group of people we are, with such diversity of interests. It makes me want to learn more about you all. One of the Society’s recent successes is the online survey we undertook. Can you believe that more than 73% of our members took a few minutes to give us their input? Anyone who has done surveys knows that this is an extraordinary return! However, only 6% of the people on our non-member e-mail list completed the Survey. Please, if you have not yet filled out the Survey form, take a few minutes now to complete it. A link at the bottom of this message takes you to the Survey. We already are modifying our programming to bring you more of what you need for your genealogy work. In the months ahead we will report on the results of the survey. One clear response to the Survey is that you prefer meetings on Sundays rather than weeknights. Certainly for the winter, I will endeavor to schedule speakers on Sunday.
I hope you will be interested in at least one of the three upcoming programs:
- January (date TBA) Analyzing your Documents: This was suggested by our new web manager Julie Welch. She thought it would be helpful to know more about the information and leads to more discoveries you may find within family, legal and governmental documents. If you have any documents you would like to share for the presentation, please send them to our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact me (email@example.com) if they are not something you can scan and send.
- February 9 we will have Daniel Horowitz who is the Chief Genealogist for My Heritage and is a board member of the IAJGS. He will be speaking about their collection and using the website.
- March 9 we will have a program about Collaborative Genealogy. Our speaker will be E. Randal Schoenberg. Randy has his hand in many aspects of the Jewish genealogy world. He also is the attorney responsible for returning the Klimt paintings to the descendants of their Jewish owner.
I thank those of you who already have remitted your membership dues renewal for 2014. Some of you made additional contributions that will sustain our organization and allow us to help each other in our quests. Please note that the Board has approved a reduced rate if you renew through December 31st, $21 for individuals and $28 for families. On January 1st, dues go back to $23 for individuals, $30 for families, and $10 for students. (p.s. a little birdy told me that the mail won’t be retrieved in the first few days of January so if you get it in the mail now it’ll slide by.)
Have a very fulfilling and health New Year!
JGSO President and Program Chair
P.S. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey linked here. We have heard from a good number of you and will be sharing what we’ve learned. http://goo.gl/Hsi0qr
A Message from the President, JGSO
As we complete another calendar year, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon thanks you for your support and participation. Your dues and generous donations are used to bring a variety of speakers to our monthly programs, obtain reliable equipment to use, and to increase educational resources. Together we can explore the history, culture and techniques that allow you to construct your family’s history.
It's now time to join or renew your membership for 2014. Please print the attached membership renewal form from the following link, noting any corrections or changes to your contact information, and mail it with your check or bring it to the next JGSO meeting.
Please note that the Board has approved a reduced rate if you join or renew through December 31st, $21 for individuals and $28 for families. On January 1st, dues go back to $23 for individuals, $30 for families, and $10 for students. Membership dues cover a calendar year. Please make your check payable to JGSO and send it with the attached page to:
Genealogical Society of Oregon
PO Box 19736
We wish you a healthy and prosperous year filled with everything good for you and your extended families. May this year bring great genealogical achievements and knock down some of your personal genealogical “brick walls.” The next time your family gathers together, take the opportunity to share your family's unique history with older and younger relatives. Ask questions of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others. Make sure that younger relatives hear these conversations. Perhaps one of them may become inspired and join you on the quest for information.
PS. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey linked
here. We have heard from a good number of you and will be sharing what
JGSO President/Program Chair
PS. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey linked here. We have heard from a good number of you and will be sharing what we’ve learned.
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