Southern California: ‘Genealogy in the round," May 2

“Genealogy In The Round: Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls” is the topic at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County, on Sunday, May 2.

It begins at 1.30pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

Sharing problems, solutions and other aspects of family history research helps everyone. One person’s experience may solve another’s problem.

Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall, or genealogical artifact! This is your meeting – we all learn from one another – take this opportunity to share your genealogical story – success or failure, ask questions about your brick walls, and more!

If you wish to participate in the program, contact Jan Meisels Allen at Each participant will be given 5-10 minutes to share – depending on the number of presenters. Whether you are a JGSCV member or a potential member – we’d love to hear your genealogical story.

There is no fee to attend this meeting.

WDYTYA: Lisa Kudrow, March 19

The March 19 episode of the US-version of Who Do You Think You Are? features the show’s executive producer – actress Lisa Kudrow.

The episode includes Kudrow’s trip back to Belarus and the answer to her father’s lifelong question.

Since childhood, Lisa Kudrow (“Friends”) has known that her grandmother Gertrude had it tough. Gertrude’s mother, Meri, perished in the Holocaust.

Lisa’s father recalls hearing about her death from a young Polish sailor, a cousin named Yuri who was last seen in New York in the late 1940s. Lisa’s father never forgot Yuri for warning him and his family to leave their village for safety before the Nazi army invasion.

From Los Angeles to Belarus, to the actual village where Meri once lived, Lisa’s journey reveals clues leading her to something neither she nor her father ever thought possible.

The show airs Fridays, 8-9pm ET on NBC.

Miami: Brickwalls Q&A, Jan. 10

Have brickwalls in your research? Want information on how to get over or through them?

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami on Sunday, January 10 for its annual “Questions and Answers – Bring Your Brickwalls” event.

It starts at 10am at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Building at 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Networking starts at 9.45am.

The group’s mavens are a well-versed group in different topics. Are your questions in the realm of DNA? Software? Members are ready to help and advise.

What might be a new question or difficult issue – for you – may be old-hat to these experts. If you don’t ask those questions, you’ll always wonder about what you could have done to make progress.

Tracing the Tribe knows that we were all beginners at some point in our genealogical lives. We each had a million questions. Along the way, we received help and advice from those who had been in that same place much earlier. The goal of genealogy is to pass on information so we can all learn.

As we are helped, we must then help others. In genealogy – as in life – what goes around, comes around. So bring your questions to this event and learn together.

NOTE: Remember about the secure parking and bring ID. The parking gate is now permanently closed. On the left is a yellow security box, press #001 to connect to security. Announce you are attending the JGS meeting, the gate will slide open and then close behind you.