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17 July 2008

Gen-Blogging in San Francisco This Sunday

Bay Area genealogists have been given an incredible last-minute opportunity. Jeremy Frankel, CGS member and president of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, just announced that Schelly Talalay Dardashti has agreed to present Gen-blogging: How to Do Effective Blogging Focusing on Genealogy this Sunday, July 20, 2008. Their scheduled speaker, Carol Baird, had to cancel due to a family emergency.

I had the opportunity to hear Schelly's talk at Jamboree and it is a treat to hear one of the pioneers in the field.

Knowledge and resources in the field of genealogy are increasing at such a fast rate that it is difficult to read everything of interest and distill it down to usable information. That's where the gen-bloggers come in. They are the eccentric ones who spend days and nights searching myriad sources, reading, distilling, writing and supplying information to the genealogy community. Some are generalists, others specialists, but all are colleagues, and do work together on major issues.

Schelly Talaly Dardashti is a renowned genealogist, journalist, blogger, online instructor and international speaker. A native New Yorker based in Tel Aviv, she has tracked her family history through Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Spain, Iran and other countries. Her articles about genealogy have been widely published in the Jewish media. Her blog, Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog, was recently named one of Family Tree Magazine's top 101 genealogy sites for 2008.

Time and Place:
Jewish Community High School
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, California
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Lecture begins promply at 1:00. Admission free.
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street.

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, preservation and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be searching their Jewish Roots. The SFBAJGS functions through the voluntary efforts of its members, all of whom are encouraged to participate. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, according to a set of published bylaws. The SFBAJGS is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).

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