The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
invites you, your family and friends to its upcoming  program. via Zoom.

Sunday, June 13, 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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20th Century Immigration and Naturalization Records

presented by

Marisa Louie Lee, independent archival researcher

The National Archives maintains a wealth of records relating to immigration and naturalization in the 20th century.  This includes more than one million Alien Case Files ("A-Files") at its facilities in San Francisco, California, and Kansas City, Missouri.  Created beginning in 1944, these files relate to noncitizen alien residents of the United States and are a potential wealth of genealogical information.  We'll discuss what's in the A-Files, who is documented in them, how to find them at the National Archives, and how to access records that remain with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

Marisa Louie Lee is an archival researcher specializing in federal records.  While an archivist at the National Archives at San Francisco, she coauthored the article "The A-Files: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors", published in the Spring 2013 issue of Prologue magazine.  A fifth-generation Chinese American, Marisa first worked with federal records as a college student researching her own family's history in the United States.  She has presented talks at the California Genealogical Society, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Japanese American National Museum (in conjunction with the Nikkei Genealogical Society), and the Chinese Historical Society of America.


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Upcoming Programs

Sunday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.
After You're Gone:  Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research
Thomas MacEntee,

Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone?  Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on.  Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.


What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during the Great Recession of 2008?  You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder, and more.




Sunday, August 15, 10:30 a.m.

Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index

Steve Morse, One-Step Website

When the 1950 census is released in April 2022, it will not have a name index.  So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead.  Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches.  The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so a location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed.  The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs.  This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.


Steve Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.  In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering.  He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, and written four textbooks and holds four patents.



To help you with your research projects JGSO has provided links to the following handouts:


Surname Handout.pdf by Malia Laughton

Reading in Another Hand-Meir.pdf by Natan Meir

Jewish Fraternal Organizations - handout.pdf by Hal Bookbinder

US Immigration and Naturalization Handout - 2016.pdf by Hal Bookbinder


 Check out Pictorial Oregon Jewish History

It currently has three sections - Jewish Businesses in Oregon, Jewish Activities in Oregon and Oregon Jewish History: South Portland. More photos will be added at a later date.

You may discover some of your relatives here.  The webpage can be accessed by the above link or from any JGSO webpage by clicking on the link in the Stories sidebar.

Photos are courtesy of Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
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