PGSCA Meetings 2017
LDS Family History Center
10741 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
PGS-CA General Membership Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m.
followed immediately by presentation
March 25, 2017
Polish State Archives Databases
Reviews the databases on the website of The Polish State Archives. Four of these databases provide catalog or inventory information on the holdings of the archives: inventories of vital records (PRADZIAD) and census materials (ELA), and fond (record group) descriptions (SEZAM) and detailed inventories (IZA). The newest database, ZoSIA, is an integrated database that incorporates the descriptions and inventories of the four previous databases, and adds scanned images of the records themselves. Several branch archives also host digitized images, including the AGAD archives in Warsaw, which holds records of historically Polish places no longer in Poland (such as eastern Galicia, and parts of Western Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania). All of these websites are reviewed and illustrated.
Ted Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. Ted has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and naturalization and immigration records. He is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was a featured researcher in the Larry Lamb episode of the BBC version of Who Do You Think You Are? He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. He is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
May 27, 2017
Some New Features And A Few Old Ones
FamilySearch Tree has made some major changes during the last few months. From the opening page to using the search page to determine if your microfilm has been indexed, FamilySearch Tree is constantly adding features to make research easier and more intuitive for both the beginning researcher and the seasoned researcher. We’ll cover a number of features that will get you where you want to go faster so you can spend optimal time with your research.
July 22, 2017
Solutions to “Hitting the Brick Wall”
Each year, the PGS-CA Membership gathers to share their expertise in assisting their fellow PGS-CA Members with their “Brick Walls.”
Every PGS-CA member has experienced a brick wall some time in their research, and while a solution may not be provided, more often than not, someone has experienced a similar problem and may have a good suggestion for further research. While you may have brought your Brick Wall to the group in the past, we always have new members or members who have not attended in the in the past. Bring what you have already done and the group may have a new option for you to try!
September 23, 2017
Celebrating our Polish Heritage
2nd Annual Polish Potluck and
PGS-CA 2nd Annual Polish Heritage Pot Luck!
Since 1981, October has been designated as Polish American Heritage Month.
What better way to celebrate our Polish Heritage with a potluck lunch at our September meeting?
On September 23, 2017, the Polish Genealogical Society of California will celebrate our Polish Heritage with a meeting designed around our Polish Heritage. The focus of the September meeting will be “Our Polish Treasures.”
We are asking that PGS-CA members bring one of their Polish Treasures to talk about at the meeting, while we all savor a delicious potluck lunch of Polish goodies. A Polish Treasure can be a memory of a person from our past, an artifact of great importance, a story about our research, anything that has some personal significance in our Polish ancestral research.
We’ll be meeting in the same place, the LA Family History Center, at the same time, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
November 18, 2017
Reminder: This will be the 3rd Saturday in November
(Due to Thanksgiving weekend being the 4th weekend).