12 February 2010

Maryland: Snowmageddon mapping madness, Feb. 17

Are you considering using a dog sled team or cross-country skis to get around these days in Maryland?

Perhaps the white stuff will melt enough for you to attend this mapping madness program with Ron Arons, at a meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington, on Wednesday, February 17.

The event begins at 8pm, in the Tikvat Israel Synagogue sanctuary, 2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville.

"How to find anyone, anywhere, anyhow by using the latest in online mappnig, tracking and detecting techniques," is the title of Ron Aron's program. Ron's a New York native who lives in San Francisco.

The program includes the basics of Google and Microsoft's net-based mapping sites - map.google.com, bing.com, maps.live.com and more advanced functionality, as well as other useful tools as mywhitepages.com, Microsoft's MapCruncher, IBM's Many Eyes and more.

Things change so quickly in this field and Ron keeps up-to-date with all the new innovations.

He is the author of "Jews of Sing Sing" and his new book, "Wanted! US Criminal Records." Since losing both his parents nearly two decades ago, he became interested in understanding his roots, and has traced his families to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. For more about Ron, see his website.

He's a frequent speaker at many genealogy societies and conferences.

Fee: JGSGW members, free; others, $5.

For more details, click here.

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