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Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
January 7 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Have you thought about looking into your family tree or perhaps started on the project and want to learn more about how to begin or continue their research?In this four-session program, we will explore the reasons to study genealogy, how to gather, organize, and store information, and how to preserve and present what you have learned. Archival and internet sources will be examined.Participants will be taught how to decide what records SHOULD exist for an ancestor and then how to go about finding the record. Methods for determining the “truthiness” of a record will also be considered. We will explore primary and secondary source material, newspaper, and graveyard records. Techniques for interviewing will also be considered. Participation in all 4 sessions is expected: January, 7, 14, 21 and 28Questions?Registration is closed.Contact the office to be put on the waiting list.____________________________Alan Steinfeld, M.D. has been exploring his family’s genealogy for over 40 years. A native of New York City, he traces his ancestry to Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His studies have turned up over 2500 direct relatives and have stimulated a book on the subject as well as a family newsletter, now in its 30th year. His support of the larger genealogy community includes participation in the indexing of records for the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry and the American Jewish Historical Society. He has written articles published in Avotaynu, the International Journal of Jewish Genealogy, and contributed a chapter to the book, Every Family Has a Story. Alan has taught genealogy to students of all ages. He has helped dozens of people develop their own family trees and co-authored and published a family history with one of his students. He also uses his genealogy expertise as a volunteer with the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and the New Jersey Records Preservation Group.Before his retirement, Dr. Steinfeld was a Professor of Radiation Oncology at New York University. He lives with his wife, Rena, in Scarsdale.