Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Volunteer Position

The official announcement has been made, so I can now say that I have been elected to a two-year term as a board member at large for the California State Genealogical Alliance.  The purpose of CSGA is to serve as an information and communication source for the genealogical community in California, to preserve state genealogical sources, and to promote genealogy.  One thing I particularly hope to focus on is being a liaison to the ethnic genealogical societies we have here.  I think they are a great resource that more people need to know about.  I'm looking forward to working with the other board members during the next two years.  It should be an interesting and educational adventure!


  1. Congratulations!

    OK, so I know you work with a Jewish genealogical society, and I see from your bio that you also work with an African American genealogical society... how many other ethnic genealogical societies will you be advocating for in CSGA? Just curious as to what is out there.

  2. From what I have seen names of, California has five more Jewish and five more black genealogical societies, plus four German, two Hispanic, and one each of Polish, Mennonite, Portuguese, Chinese, Hungarian, Scottish, and Welsh. I don't know if all of them are still active, but I guess that's one of the first things I need to determine.

  3. Mennonite? that religious and ethnic? Are most Mennonites from a specific region in Europe, like Sephardic Jews are?

  4. Mennonites are considered by many to be an ethnic and a religious group. They originated in German-Dutch areas and because of persecution migrated to other areas over time. In that sense I guess you could say they are similar to Sephardic Jews, who had origins in Spain and migrated due to persecution.

  5. Janice,
    Congratulations on your board appointment!


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