JGSLA 2010: Blondes, Poles, Pix, Razzle Dazzle

No matter your personal research interests, JGSLA 2010 holds something for somebody regardless of your ancestry, ethnicity, research skill or genealogical knowledge.

Here are just a few of the topics in store for you at JGSLA 2010, July 11-16, in Los Angeles.

Research techniques for family scandals

Unearthing scandals will be demonstrated by Robin Seidenberg, who will show how historical newspapers and old-fashioned detective work will find family history in Hollywood and the Jewish Roaring 20s crowd in Chicago. She’ll talk on “My Uncle, the Hollywood Producer: A Spicy Tale” and “The Kissing Blonde.”

Warsaw’s Jewish Genealogical Learning Center

It will be great to again see Yale Reisner and Anna Przybyszewska-Droz, from Warsaw’s Jewish Genealogical Learning Center.

Their topics include “How to Do Genealogy Research in Poland And How Not to: Potential and Pitfalls,” “Grandma’s Name Was Rosenberg: Am I Jewish?,” “Uniquely Jewish Surnames – What They Prove and What They Don’t,” “The Lost Tribes of Poland: Apostasy, Intermarriage and Jewish Genealogy in Poland” and “A Different Memory: Poles, Jews & What We Think We Know About Them.”

Thinking out of the box, photographically.

“Photo Detective” Maureen Taylor will analyze photographic questions posed on JewishGen’s Viewmate over the years and also provide private consultations while Ava (aka Sherlock) Cohn (with ancestors from Belarus, Romania, Ukraine and the Austrian Empire), will demonstrate how to find clues our immigrant ancestors left for us in their photo portraits.

Technology and journalism to razzle dazzle

TV news producer and reporter Leron Kornreich will show how to use multi-media and reporting skills to document family history in “Razzle Dazzle ‘em: Using Technology to Present Your Family History Research with Pizzazz” and “Breaking News: A Reporter’s Guide to Genealogical Research and Using Video to Capture Roots & Shtetl Travel.”

For all conference details, check out JGSLA 2010.

JGSLA 2010: Postcards, Sephardi Ketubot

A picture is worth a thousand words, according to the JGSLA 2010 program committee.

Since 1869, European and American Jews participated in the new postcard phenomenon.

As early as the 14th century, Jews sent New Year’s greetings. The Maharil, Rabbi Jacob of Moellin (1360-1427) documented the custom and recommended that, during Elul (the Hebrew month when the High Holidays are celebrated), Jews should include wishes for a good year in all written correspondence.

Both postcards and greeting cards are popular collectibles today. Researchers can find postcards of their ancestral towns and villages, or find greeting cards sent to their ancestors. A popular genealogy blogging event is the Carnival of Postcards, for which geneabloggers write about a postcard they might have. Find out more about postcards in general at Geneabloggers.com.

At JGSLA 2010, Professor Shalom Sabar of Hebrew University will present “Between Germany and Poland — Jewish Life and Rituals on Late 19th to Early 20th century Illustrated Jewish Postcards.”

a fascinating visual resource, Jewish postcards provide rare documentation of important events in Jewish life and Jewish history.

Sabar’s second lecture will be “Sephardi Ketubah – Before and After the Expulsion (as a research tool for genealogy) and Childbirth and Magic – Jewish Amulets and Popular Beliefs in the Pre-Modern Era.” Included in that program will be an exploration of Jewish midwife customs.