Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Hal Bookbinder
The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ventura County Public Health Center, 3147 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Few Jews lived in Eastern Europe 1,000 years ago. Yet, it was to become the home of 80% of the World’s Jews. As Russia expanded westward, more and more Jews came within the Russian Empire. This talk examines Russia’s efforts to limit the Jews in its midst and the Eastern European borders changes which frequently resulted in ancestral towns coming under the rule of several countries over time. Recognizing which governments were in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found.
Hal Bookbinder is currently focused on Jewish history, finding missing relatives, European border changes, immigration, citizenship and safe computing. He has authored articles and spoken at numerous conferences and society meetings, both in person and through live webinars from his office at UCLA. He is a former president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and currently serves on the JewishGen Board of Governors. He was lead co-chair for the 2014 IAJGS conference in Salt Lake City. In 2010, he was honored with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. Hal has identified over 4,000 relatives in 26 states and 8 countries. He traces his and his wife’s roots to modern Ukraine and adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia. He is an information technology director for UCLA Health, teaches for the University of Phoenix and directs a job skills program for individuals in recovery at the LA Midnight Mission.
Workshop following the lecture:  


New VCGS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for German Research, British/Scottish Research, Irish Research, and Technology will hold their first organizational meetings after the lecture in lieu of a workshop.

The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the LDS Church, 3501 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura.


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Ventura County Genealogical Society provides full maintenance and development of the Genealogy Collection housed within the Camarillo City Library (upper level), 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, California.  You can access the catalog using the Library choice on the left-side menu.

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