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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Invites you, your family and friends to its upcoming Program.
November 12, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Helping Hands Workshop

brickwall 2Description:    At some point, almost every genealogy researcher will hit the proverbial brick wall or dead end with one or many of their ancestors. Records appear to be missing, a maiden name seems impossible to find or you need to find ancestors in another country but don't know where to look.  The resources out there are many and varied.  Sometimes all the options available can be downright overwhelming.

Our next JGSO meeting will be a helping hands workshop.  We want to help you with your research.  Take some time beforehand and make a list of 3 to 5 of your most vexing genealogical obstacles.  Bring the list to our meeting on Sunday, November 12th at 10:30AM. at Congregation Ahavath Achim.

broken brickwallTake advantage of this golden opportunity to get some one-on-one help, or make use of this groups' collective knowledge to smash some of your brick walls to smithereens!   Bring your research and family tree on a flash drive or on a laptop or tablet.  Internet access will be available.

This is YOUR meeting: learn from one another, share your genealogical success, challenge, or failure, ask questions about your brick walls, and more, describe your brainstorms, your interviewing and research techniques, share advice given; anything and everything that added to your family!

We will have a scoreboard on hand to track the group's successes.  Let's see if we can outscore the World Series teams!

The workshop begins at 10:30 AM. 
Doors open at 10:00AM with time for conversation and sharing.
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.
Location: Congregation Ahavath Achim 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
JGSO President:
Barbara Hershey
Contact JGSO:

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JGSO Membership dues may now be paid by
cash, check or PayPal.

It is  time to renew your JGSO 2018 membership.  Bring a check to the meeting or pay via PayPal.  Dues for the calendar year are $23 for an individual, $30 for a family.  We rely on your support to sponsor these meetings.  Please join or renew now!  You can pay via PayPal on the JGSO webpage or you may send a check to Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon P.O. Box 19736, Portland, Oregon 97280.

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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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