The program begins at 5.30pm, when genealogist Norma Cavey presents her research on family and ancestral town community history. She'll describe research and interview techniques she has used to solve family riddles and myths, as well as privacy issues encountered in family history research.
Cavey has been curious about her own family history since earliest childhood. Five of her great grandparents immigrated to New York City. Recently, she traced one great grandmother's family back to 1790 in Pruzhany, Belarus. Cavey has had some success tracing 5 of her great-grandparents' families. Cavey will discuss research and interview techniques, difficulties, the Internet, and the importance of reading and using Jewish genealogy books available at the Brooks library. There will be an introduction to her next presentation: "Russian Empire Jews Acquire Family Names."For 50 years, Cavey's work has included ethnic and immigration history, community studies and social policy. She was the first Environmental and Ethnic Community Planner for the National Park Service, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty. A former college professor and senior administrative planner, she has conducted European research.
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