24 March 2009

Los Angeles Area: FHC assisted research, April 5

What was your first genealogy research destination?

When I caught the ancestry bug eons ago, my initial research centered on the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center (FHC) in West Los Angeles. Among the resources I successfully accessed that first day were the Hamburg (Germany) direct and indirect passenger microfilms.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will meet from 1-5pm, Sunday, April 5, for an assisted research afternoon at the center.

Although the program is is open only to current paid JGSCV members, anyone may join or renew membership at the door ($25 individual, $30 family). The group offers excellent programming at its monthly meetings at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks.

JGSCV member experts and FHC volunteers will help participants get the most out of the Center's resources, including assistance with many popular online genealogical databases including Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, Heritage Quest, World Vital Records, Godfrey Memorial Library, among others.

Also available is FHC's extensive microfilm collection including US and international census records, Eastern European and other international and domestic vital records, maps and gazetteers.

Bring research documents and a flash drive to download electronic images of online images; photocopies are also available. There is more information in this PDF handout on preparing for the assisted research afternoon.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Los Angeles librarian and FHC volunteer Barbara Algaze will provide an introduction to the extensive resources.

The center is located at 10741 Santa Monica Blvd. West Los Angeles (on the grounds of the LDS Temple) . Parking is free.

For more details, click JGSCV, or email.

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