Program Calendar


Date Time Type of Meeting/Event
September 6, 2018 7:00 PM General Meeting:
Using FamilySearch and JewishGen For Your Research: 
Susan Kaufman and Max Heffler

Overview of Presentation:
An overview of navigating some of the components of these two powerful international websites will be shown.  We will also discuss efficient research techniques and added value areas of these free websites.

Susan D. Kaufman is the Senior Manager of the Houston (TX) Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston. Susan has 30+ years of experience as a Genealogy Librarian starting her career at the Peoria (IL) Public Library, then moving to the Allen County (IN) Public Library.  Throughout her career she has held numerous genealogical society board positions in Illinois, Indiana, and Texas and at the national level.  She is past President of the Texas State Genealogical Society, and currently serves as its Director of Education.  

Max Heffler hails from Houston Texas and has spent over 30 years pursuing his hobby and passion for genealogy. In 2002 he began pursuing genetic genealogy via DNA testing and started his commitment to volunteering within the genealogy community. In 2001 he joined GHJGS and took the Jewish Herald Voice Project from index cards to an Access database and then brought the project to Along with GHJGS, he volunteers with JewishGen doing data entry, web page creation, microfilm index coordination, Yizkor books, Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Index, and memorial plaque web page creation as well as managing Yizkor Book necrology indexing.

September 29, 2018 1:00 – 4:00 PM Special Workshop:
Need help with your research?  Join members of the GHJGS for an afternoon of 15 minute research consultations at the Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004.Please bring your pedigree chart, and your questions.  Before you come to this session, please print  and fill out this document so we can get a quick overview of your research question, previous research sources consulted, and depth of research you have already done on your question. 

Please note: We will not be able to help you unless you come with this document filled out prior to the workshop.

You might also consider setting up your free account with both Family Search and JewishGen. Memberships are free to both and having your own login will allow you to add information to your account rather than using the library account.

December 6, 2018 7:00 PM General Meeting:
Using Evernote to Organize and Store Your Genealogical Research Data: with Stefani Twyford

Harness the powerful, timesaving organization features of Evernote’s free software and mobile apps to manage your genealogy research. We will discuss how to organize all kinds of genealogy clues – from notes and e-mails to vital records and audio files  –  so the information is easily searchable, accessible on any device, and automatically backed up in the cloud.

Stefani Twyford is theowner of Houston based Legacy Multimedia, founded in 2003 with the goal of helping families, companies and organizations chronicle history, share life stories, connect generations and preserve legacies in high quality, timeless multimedia presentations.

General Meetings and Board/Steering Meetings

Jewish Community Center Room 219
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096-3999
Phone: (713) 729-3200
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