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Meeting & JGSI Conference Presentations

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JGSI Meeting Video Presentations

JGSI presents programs of interest to our members at general meetings and other venues.  Many of these presentations have handouts available for downloading to view along with the video.  Members may access these videos from the Members Only section of the website.


 
“Online Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland: What’s New?”
Original presentation: May 20, 2015. The topic presented by genealogist Mike Karsen at the meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois in Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Genealogy has changed dramatically in the last 20 years with a very high percentage of important records being indexed in online databases, or the records themselves having become searchable and available online. Today’s Chicago Jewish genealogy researcher has access to vital records, and cemetery, naturalization, census, and many other documents online. This presentation provides an update on what resources are currently available online to Chicago-area Jewish family historians.  TIME: One Hour.


 
 
“Finding Frida: My Mother’s First Cousin, a Holocaust Survivor”
Original presentation: April 26, 2015. “Finding Frida: My Mother’s First Cousin, a Holocaust Survivor”. Ken Bravo, vice president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, spoke at the meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting in Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook.  Mr. Bravo explained how he discovered his mother’s 90+ year old first cousin and her family. He discussed his research methodology and tell the story of how he learned about a previously unknown relative.TIME: Approximately 50 minutes. 

 
 
“Making a Family Tree Coffee Table Book”
Original presentation: February 22, 2015. Zalman Usiskin, who has been interested in genealogy for more than 50 years, spoke on “Making a Family Tree Coffee Table Book” at the meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. In his presentation, he explained how to collect, collate and organize one large family tree into a handsome volume worthy of calling a “coffee table book.”  TIME: Approximately 1 hour. 

 
 
How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather Information”
Original presentation: January 25, 2015. “How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather Information” was the topic of a presentation by Barry Finkel, corresponding secretary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, JGSI meeting at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, Ill. Barry Finkel, an experienced genealogist, described how he organizes family tree data, including the outline format he uses when gathering information. He briefly described the family tree database software that he and one of his brothers use to store and display their family tree. He also briefly mentioned some of the sources he uses in his research and will discuss some of the data files he keeps to aid in his research. In addition, he described the various kinds of Windows-compatible family tree software he uses as well as family tree charts. TIME: Approximately 1.5 hours. 

 
 
“Using the Wilmette LDS Family History Center to Find Unusual Resources” Original presentation: September 28, 2014. “Using the Wilmette LDS Family History Center to Find Unusual Resources” Judith Frazin, former president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, spoke about “Using the Wilmette LDS Family History Center to Find Unusual Resources” at the JGSI meeting in Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Her presentation focused on unusual Chicago, Cook County and Illinois resources, Internet links and international resources available through familysearch.org and the Wilmette Family History Center. The emphasis is be on how to identify these resources and how to use them to find out information about your family.  TIME: Approximately 1 hour. 

JGSI June 7, 2015 One Day Conference Presentations

Key Note: Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy Presented by Marlis Glaser Humphrey
Session 1B – Harnessing Social Media for Jewish Genealogy: Making the Most of On-line Social networks Presented by Martin Fischer
Session 1CFrom Sea to Shining Sea: Discovering the Journeys of our Ancestors Presented by Scott Meyer
Session 2BOvercoming the Dead End Doldrums Presented by Paul Milner
Session 2CUsing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to Find Your Ancestors Presented by Marlis Glaser Humphrey
Session 3BNavigating Libraries and Archives from Near and Far Presented by Curt B. Witcher
Session 3CGetting Connected Presented by Marlis Glaser Humphrey



Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy

Presented by Marlis Glaser Humphrey

Discover the hidden gems of Jewish genealogy – great resources that are not widely known. Explore the latest trends in Jewish genealogy to know where the latest hidden gems are being developed. Hear what is becoming available due to partnering, crowdsourcing, digitization; the growing acceptance of DNA testing; the “I am a cousin” movement; the shift from genealogy to family stories; the push for academics; the challenges of records preservation and access; standards development; and new technologies that are being applied to both discovery and sharing of our genealogy.  
Presentation TIME:  1 hour


Harnessing Social Media for Jewish Genealogy: Making the Most of On-line Social Networks

Presented by Martin Fischer

This presentation includes an introduction to social media, which ones are most popular and most likely to lead to your relatives, tips on finding relatives through social media, and examples of Jewish genealogy blog-like and SIG emailing list-like features on social media.  TIME:  58 minutes





 
From Sea to Shining Sea: Discovering the Journeys of our Ancestors
 

Presented by Scott Meyer

We are a nation of immigrants. But how can we discover what brought them to American’s shores (and beyond)? In which sands did they leave their footprints? We will explore where and what type of documents can be found relative to the travels of our ancestors.   
Presentation TIME: 1 hour 14 minutes




Overcoming the Dead End Doldrums

Presented by Paul Milner

In our research, when we run out of ideas, like a sailing ship we are becalmed, not sure of what to do next. Learn about ideas, tools and resources to get your ship moving again. Identify how to step back and take a fresh approach to resolving problems and progressing in your research. 
Presentation TIME 45 minutes




Using Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to Find Your Ancestors

Presented by Marlis Glaser Humphrey/sigs

SIGs are groups of people whose common interest is a geographic region of ancestral origin or a special topic. There are more than a couple dozen various Jewish genealogy SIGs. Get an update on the latest projects underway by the SIGs. Learn about the myriad of resources available through them, how to access them, and how to utilize this resource to discover your ancestry.
Presentation TIME:
  1 hour


Navigating Libraries and Archives from Near and Far

Presented by Curt B. Witcher


Learn about the process of finding original records and published materials in libraries and archives nationwide. A strategy for identifying key repositories will be discussed and a number of important online repositories will be reviewed.  TIME: 1 hour


 
 
Getting Connected 

Presented by Marlis Glaser Humphrey

Getting connected is the way to stay current and learn from others, whether it is through news reports, experts in Jewish genealogy or others researching similar names and towns. We will review the best “must do” resources you should tap into from the world of blogs, discussions lists, online classrooms, webinars, conferences, downloadable lectures, newsletters, journals, social media, online trees, how-to-guides and more.  
Presentation TIME:
1 hour 5 minutes

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