Thursday, June 24, 2010


It is a pleasure to introduce the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento (JGSS) as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The JGSS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the study of Jewish family history in order to learn about our rich heritage and to preserve it for future generations. The JGSS meets every month so that members can hear lectures by leading genealogy experts, access the JGSS’s outstanding library, and share their skills and personal experience. Meetings are held at the Albert Einstein Residence Center in Sacramento

At Family History Day at the California State Archives, the JGSS will have books available for name lookups from the “old country,” and we’ll have laptop computers to do free Ellis Island lookups if WiFi is available. We love to hear the oohs and ahhs when people make that first amazing contact with their ancestors. We’re delighted to be able to help you and point you in the right direction on your way to discovery.

Do come on by and see what you can find out about your past. We’ll also have an example or two of ancestor charts. Remember, you don’t have to be Jewish to like rye bread or bagels and you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy Jewish genealogy. It’s a great deal of fun connecting with your past.

We Dig Our Ancestors!

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
c/o Einstein Center
1935 Wright St.
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916-486-0906 ext. 361

Sunday, June 20, 2010

RON YOUNG, Speaker at Family History Day

It is a pleasure to introduce Ron Young as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Ron was first a Navy pilot and then a magnetic media engineer directing the manufacture of tape recording equipment, video tape and computer hard disks. Since retirement, his interests mainly focus on computer hardware and software and its application to genealogy. He has given presentations to local computer and genealogy societies on Google, Publishing Books on, Converting 35mm slides to Electronic Storage, Converting LP records to MP3 format and 10 Free Programs to Replace Microsoft and Adobe. He writes a series of columns on Computer Genealogy for the Nevada County Genealogical Society (NCGS) newsletter, Kith & Kin . Ron is the current President of the NCGS.

Ron Young will be presenting two classes:

10 Free non-Microsoft Programs: If you are loading a new computer with software or just haven’t wanted to pay the significant prices for the Microsoft Office Suite or the Adobe photo handling programs, Ron will introduce you to a set of programs to do the same job for a fraction of the price (FREE). These programs are Open Source so they may be used and distributed freely. Some are even available for both Mac and Windows Systems. A CD with the loading files and instructions for all the programs is available for $1.00.

Google - Searching in Depth: The simple appearance of the Google search window hides a browser capability of extreme power. Knowledge of how the search engine works and the few extra characters that can be added to modify the search function can routinely reduce millions of search results to the one or two you really want. We will go through these few commands and see how they function to get where you want to be. If required to read a search document, it can even translate to or from a foreign language.

Ron can be reached at