Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Are you ready for the 1940 census?
But there's a catch. The 1940 census has absolutely no index. At least with 1930 some of the states had been indexed during WPA. This time we all start from scratch. How will we find the people we're looking for?
Enter Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub. They have been working for several years on finding aids for the 1940 census, and over the past couple of years have been speaking to many genealogical societies about the tools that are available on the Steve Morse One-Step Website.
San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS). And he was generous enough to allow us to schedule him to speak about the 1940 census at all three of our meeting locations. First up is Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco, on January 22. The doors will open at 1:00 p.m., and the talk will begin at 1:30. This is a new location and time for our San Francisco meetings. One of the rules of the new venue is that no outside food or drink may be brought in.
On February 12 Steve will give his 1940 census talk at the Oakland Family History Center. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and the talk will begin at 1:00. We also get a bonus in Oakland. Steve will be premiering a new talk about the ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract.
And on February 13, Steve will be in Los Altos Hills at Congregation Beth Am. There the doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the talk begins at 7:30.
For more details about the SFBAJGS meetings, visit our calendar at http://www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs/calendar.html. To see where else Steve Morse will be speaking, look at his schedule (at the bottom of the page). Unsurprisingly, most of his 2012 talks so far are on the 1940 census.
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All of the events are free?ReplyDelete
Yes, all of the SFBAJGS meetings are free, and everyone is welcome to attend.ReplyDelete
Thanks Janice! I'll be listing these on the AAGSNC website :)ReplyDelete
Great! More publicity is a good thing!ReplyDelete