16 June 2010

Florida: Orlando roundtable, June 22

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando has scheduled a roundtable genealogy panel discussion on Tuesday, June 22.

The meeting begins at 1pm at the Congregation of Reform Judaism, 928 Malone Drive, Orlando.

The moderator is JGSGO program vice president Jerry Kurland, and the panel includes:

Irwin Feldman, former program vice president
Jose Valle, webmaster
Joanie Schirm, author, "My Dear Boy - The Discovery of a Lifetime"
Sim Seckbach, former JGSGO president

Larry Morrell, JGSGO past president and treasurer
Joel Nierenberg, secretary
Gladys F. Paulin, Board Certified Genealogist, former JGSGO president

It pays to ask questions in family history. Attendees should bring their genealogy questions and documents for ongoing research for a relative or ancestor.

The panelists will say every region is going to have its own set of records, but there are some predictable clues to look for. Marriage records may provide the names of parents. Land records could lead to other family members or vital records. Property records could lead to newspaper articles.

Our ancestors' family stories are not always correct. Researchers must check out facts and crosscheck dates.

Although genealogy done right isn't always easy, says JGSGO, the panel will demonstrate how to look for clues and ask questions that permit taking the family line back even further.

Seek assistance from the panel; preview answers before deciding which to accept. Receive recommendations to have experts demonstrate how to look up or retrieve a document from a courthouse, archive, Family History Library, find a translator for a foreign-language document or how to look up an obituary or wedding announcement in a small town paper.

On site online computer research will be available through a researcher to tap into website data bases.

Forward questions in advance to moderator Jerry Kurland, who will forward them to a panelist to answer.

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