Presentations & Handouts


Individual Presentations

Methodology

 

"Beyond the Manifest: Methods for Confirming One's Ancestral Origins"
Link in DropBox to .pdf handout for "Beyond the Manifest: Methods for Confirming One's Ancestral Origins"
"Memory and Mystery: Breaking Down Family Lore"
Link in DropBox to .pdf handout for "Memory and Mystery: Breaking Down Family Lore"

"When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques"
Link in DropBox to .pdf for "When it Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques"

"Where's the Beef? Well-Done Research and Evidence Analysis"

Genealogy research documents our families, determines identities of our forgotten or unknown relatives, and reconstructs relationships. But the records we seek do not always cooperate. Records may be wrong. Record may lie. We may have to creatively out-smart incorrect information in records by corroborating or clarifying with information from other sources.
This talk will discuss research challenges presented in case studies in U.S. records and explain procedures for gathering, evaluating and analyzing evidence of our relatives’ lives. If we master the techniques of record and evidence analyses in our present country, it will prepare us for more challenging research in the Old Country.  
 

Records

"Jewish Genealogy: Starting with Online Resources" 
[was originally called "Jewish Genealogy: How to Start, Where to Look, What's Available"]
Link in DropBox to .pdf for "Jewish Genealogy: Starting with Online Resources"

"The Fabulous Forty! Finding One's Family in the 1940 U.S. Census"

 

"Coming to Our Census: Sorting Through Information & Misinformation in Population Enumerations, 1880-1940" 

Discusses not only what may be found in each enumeration, but also  what census takers were told to do and how they collected information. 

"City Directories: Who, What, When and Where in Genealogy Research"
There's a great deal to like about city directories. They may fill in gaps in our research. They also can provide surprisingly good information about communities and family development over time

General Interest


"Learning Our Craft: Online Opportunities for Improving Our Research Skills" 
Link in DropBox to .pdf for "Learning Our Craft: Online Opportunities for Improving Our Research Skills"

"Blogging Family History: Reading, Writing and Sharing"

"The Jewish Connection - Myth or Reality," Mesa, Arizona FamilySearch Library webcast

"Jewish Genealogy: Myths & Opportunities"

"Genealogy 101: Beginning Family History for Cheapskates" 

Multiple-Session Classes

From Eastern Europe to the United States: Our Wandering Jewish Ancestors

a six-session adult education course providing historical background for understanding Jewish family history for Arizona State University's Center for Jewish Studies.
Jewish Genealogy 101 
a four-session adult education course for beginners offered through the Bureau of Jewish Education, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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