Jewish Genealogy Fair Provided Tips on Hunting Ancestors
The Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society (GHJOS) invited the community to the Second Annual Jewish Genealogy Fair; This event was held on Sunday Oct. 26, from 1-5 at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood. (Shlenker wing).
The Fair was an Open House for which there is no fee. It was hands-on and interactive. Attendees moved freely among 18 stations, each of which related to a different aspect of genealogy. Visitors learned about Houston’s amazing resources for family research as they meet librarians from the Clayton Genealogical Library, the LDS Family History Center, Holocaust Museum Houston, and a representatives of the Houston Genealogical Forum and Texas Jewish Historical Society. Copies of the Index to Texas Jewish Burials were available. Noted Texas genealogist Lynna Shuffield returned this year; she is an expert in both military records and the small Jewish cemeteries throughout our state.
Descendants of early Texas families were especially excited about the Jewish Herald Voice Project. GHJGS members explained how they have been reading microfilms of Texas’s first Jewish newspaper to locate information about major life cycle events, and have been indexing birth, bris, Bar Mitzvah, engagement, wedding, and death announcements.
The larger world of Jewish genealogy was represented by Susan King and her colleagues at JewishGen. King has devoted the past fifteen years to making the JewishGen website the principal presence of Jewish genealogy on the Internet. Another headliner was Howard Margol, past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, who spoke. Polish researchers appreciated viewing the Jewish Record Indexing Poland database.
The Third Annual Jewish Genealogical Fair is being considered for a future date.